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Wynn Las Vegas tackles increased Strip violence with bag searches, more officers

Posted at 7:06 PM, Oct 05, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-06 08:15:07-04

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — The Wynn Las Vegas announced Monday it would implement a series of new security measures to help curb any potential violence.

Over the weekend, employees of the Wynn Las Vegas said the property began conducting bag searches and scanning for metal. The company will also be adding uniformed Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department officers during peak hours from Friday to Sunday.

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A spokesperson for LVMPD says while department and resort casinos share the goal of a safe Las Vegas Strip, each private property develops and implements its own crime-curbing strategies. Metro would not be involved with the Wynn's search policy unless criminal activity was involved.

The Wynn does confirm in its first weekend of searches, guns and drugs were confiscated. The Wynn has a no-gun policy. Anything illegal will be turned over to LVMPD. Otherwise, people are allowed to leave with their belongings.

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This comes at a time when violence continues to rise across the city, including two homicides yesterday at the South Point and Grandview. According to LVMPD's latest crime statistics through Saturday, aggravated assaults with a gun are up nearly 10% since this time last year while stabbings are up more than 15%.

Tourists are largely aware of the recent spike in violence but are split on whether a bag search policy is the right way to address it.