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Orlando attack triggers security concerns at Las Vegas bars, clubs

Posted at 6:31 PM, Jun 13, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-14 09:38:12-04
The nightclub massacre in Orlando has triggered security concerns at clubs and other venues in Las Vegas. 
Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department is working extra to keep people in all bars safe. LVMPD determined the Orlando attack had no connection to Las Vegas, but they still ensured the city's major nightclubs were safe.
"We went in person to every one of them," Lt. Sasha Larkin said. "Every one of them were not only open, but they were open arms."
At popular gay bars like The Garage and Free Zone, police were checking in hourly. Tom Leng, a bartender at The Garage, said it made him feel safe.
"I feel better knowing that we're on their mind and they're getting ready if something does happen," he said.
LVMPD says more patrols around the Las Vegas Strip and popular nightlife areas will continue indefinitely.
"Our biggest feeling is we want to make sure we don't have a copycat," said Assistant Sheriff Todd Fasulo. "We constantly readjust our resources to the intelligence we get on a daily basis."
Wednesday is the monthly meeting between LVMPD and the major nightclub owners in the city. They've met to discuss active shooter situations and other threats for the last three years.
The police need the help of ordinary people too. 
Officers said if anyone sees something suspicious such as someone lurking near the exit of a club or asking unusual questions about a bar's security situation, they should report it. Police will be able to connect the dots and determine any danger.