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Security concerns raise questions about casino resort safety


All-inclusive casino hotels have grown in popularity as a weekend getaway for Europeans. However, security concerns at casino resorts are not uncommon. Several reports have recently surfaced of various security issues at casinos in both the United States and Australia. Many people have questioned the safety of casino resorts in general, and especially the safety of our European casino resorts. The growing concern stems from the fact that several reputable casinos have made headlines for security issues such as violent crime, robbery, facilitating illicit and illegal activities, money laundering, and fraud. Because of the large sums of money that pass through casinos every day, casinos are at a high risk of violent crimes and illegal activities, and security precautions must therefore be discussed.

Let's look at some recent casino incidents that occurred outside of the EU to get a better understanding of the various safety risks that the European Union should be prepared for;

Money Laundering at Australia's Top Resort: Perth Crown Casino

Crown Casinos is one of Australia's largest casino groups. Any avid gambler hailing from Australia has visited the establishment at least once. The Perth Crown Casino, a branch of the Crown Casinos group, faces a two-year suspension over several security and safety concerns.

The 994-page report filed by the Perth Royal Gambling Commission's lead commissioner has stated several activities and suspicious acts due to which Crown Perth's WA Gaming License has been revoked for two years.

Chief among these charges is money laundering, which is not unique to the Perth subsidiary. Various other branches of Crown Casinos, including those in Melbourne, New South Wales, and Victoria, have also indulged in money laundering schemes and could face $100,000 fines.

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Other charges include permitting junkets, facilitating criminal activities, abuse of privilege, and inconsistent and non-transparent communication.

In addition to laundering money, the casino was reported to be inconsistent in managing transactions for clients. Moreover, it failed to provide them with random number generators that guarantee fair treatment during the games.

If that's not enough, the casino was also lacking in transparency and communication with the regulatory bodies. The report also recorded 7 junkets in 2019, which has not been the first case. The Victoria branch was fined $1 million in 2021 for flouting junket rules.

With Crown Casinos exposed on so many charges, one can see how security concerns at casino resorts are no light matter.

Las Vegas Police Officer Casino Robbing Spree

The situation in America is also concerning, particularly since Las Vegas is a famous gambling hub. The US Department of Justice's immediate press release, dated April 4th, 2022, concerns the case of Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department (LVMPD) officer Caleb Mitchell Rogers.

Rogers was indicted on three counts of robberies and one count of brandishing a firearm in relation to a violent crime. A jury trial has been scheduled for May 23rd. The police officer in question has allegedly stolen $164,000 in total.

The robberies occurred in casinos in the western and northern parts of Las Vegas between November 2021 and February 2022. During the latest robbery, Rogers stole approximately $78,898 while aiming a gun at casino employees. He was eventually caught and restrained by the casino's security personnel.

The release also mentions that the maximum penalty on each count of robbery is 20 years in prison and life imprisonment for brandishing a firearm concerning a violent crime.

More Cases

The Radisson Hotel and Conference Center, owned by Oneida Casino, and located near Green Bay, was the site of a fatal shooting incident last year. A disgruntled ex-employee shot and killed two former co-workers and gravely injured another in the Duck Creek Kitchen and Bar restaurant inside the casino-hotel complex.

Similarly, another violent incident occurred at the Circus Circus Hotel and Casino in Vegas, where a Hilo native was stabbed. According to the LVMPD, the victim was stabbed in the head, torso, and leg while gambling at the casino.

According to the police department, aggravated assaults have risen by 22% in the strip area and 45% downtown compared to last year.

As casino resorts and law enforcement agencies continue to beef up security measures, there are valid security concerns at casino resorts that make us realize the benefits of online casinos. While hotels have started implementing new policies, such as checking for IDs, only time will tell about the future safety of casino hotels and resorts. We hope this article helped you understand the recent security concerns faced by casinos and similar establishments.

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