Las Vegas has seen an increase in violence in recent months. Since Las Vegas reopened in early June, there have been multiple fights, shootings, and stabbings. As a result, Vegas implements new security measures to keep guests safe. Some of these resorts taking part in the new measures include The Cosmopolitan, Wynn-Encore, and Caesars Resorts.
While many Vegas resorts are implementing new security measures, they are all doing it a bit differently. The Cosmopolitan has the strictest measures in place, only allowing resort guests and those with restaurant reservations inside the hotel during the hours of 6 pm and 6 am on Friday’s and Saturday’s.
Both The Cosmopolitan and Wynn-Encore have security guards at entrances ready to screen incoming guests with metal detector wands to ensure people are not bringing weapons into the resorts. The Caesars Resorts are not screening visitors, but they are searching the bags of guests for any prohibited items, as are The Cosmopolitan and Wynn-Encore. While these new security measures may be frustrating for some people, they are in place to ensure the safety of all guests.
The Cosmopolitan new security measures
The Cosmopolitan is one of the newest resorts on the strip and one of the nicest. Therefore, they have implemented new security measures to ensure the resort can maintain its five-star image. The casino and resort will continue business as usual during the week, with no new measures in place. However, on the weekends, the resort will amp up their security and be more restrictive about who can enter the resort.
According to Fox5 Las Vegas, The Cosmopolitan released the following statement regarding the new safety measures. “In a continued effort to ensure the safety and security of our guests and employees, The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas has implemented increased security measures on Friday and Saturday evenings at all Las Vegas Boulevard entry and exit points. In partnership with the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, these new procedures are effective immediately, beginning tonight from 6:00 PM to 6:00 AM and every Friday and Saturday thereafter for the foreseeable future.”
The only people that will be allowed during the hours of 6:00 PM and 6:00 AM on Fridays and Saturdays will be hotel guests and anyone who has reservations at any of the resort’s restaurants. Guests will also not be allowed to bring in open and oversized alcoholic beverages or glass products. Alcoholic beverages must be consumed before entering the resort.
These new rules implemented at The Cosmopolitan are due to the many arrests Las Vegas police make on the strip during the weekends.
Wynn-Encore new security measures
Wynn Las Vegas has implemented similar security measures to The Cosmopolitan. The Wynn-Encore Resorts are also some of the nicest resorts on the strip. They were not concerned with security issues until a recent fight broke out at the Encore, and it gained attention on social media. The fight involved multiple guests and casino security, sending a few people to the hospital.
As a result of this fight, the resorts decided to increase their security measures to ensure another huge fight does not occur. The resorts’ new security measures include a metal detector screening and a bag check before entering the Wynn or Encore. There will also be an increased amount of police officers surrounding the resorts to ensure guests’ and employees’ safety.
Another tool the resorts have used to try and minimize security issues is boosting their rooms’ prices. Since reopening in early June, most resorts on the strip, including the Wynn-Encore, were offering great deals on rooms. These decreased room rates were implemented to try and entice visitors to vacation in Vegas amid the pandemic. However, with the recent violence on the strip, many resorts have begun increasing the prices once again.
Caesars’ Resorts new security measures
The Cosmopolitan and Wynn-Encore are not the only resorts on the strip implementing new security measures. Caesars’ Resorts are also taking part in the amped-up security. Caesars’ Resorts include Caesars Palace, Linq, Paris, Bally’s, Flamingo, The Cromwell, Rio, Harrah’s, and Planet Hollywood.
For example, Planet Hollywood has implemented a new security measure that includes checking guests’ bags as they enter the resort and casino. They have decided to implement this new rule due to multiple shootings happening right outside the casino. On Monday, October 19, the latest shooting occurred a week after the new security measures were put into place. This latest shooting happened in the middle of the night on top of the escalator near Planet Hollywood. Four men were arrested for the incident; nobody was injured.
While the Caesars’ Resorts may not have as many new security measures as The Cosmopolitan and Wynn-Encore, they are still aware of the uptick in violence on the strip. They are taking the necessary measures to keep guests and employees safe. Vegas implements new security measures, so they are following the rest of the resorts.
The Future of Vegas
Since the reopening of the strip in early June, Vegas has seen an increase in violence and safety issues. As a result, many of the resorts have recently implemented new security measures. Vegas implements new security measures to keep their guests and employees safe during this uptick of violence.
Since the beginning of June, there has been a countless number of violent acts on the strip. Some of the violence includes a shooting at the Aria, a shooting at the MGM Grand casino floor, a stabbing inside The Venetian, a shooting right outside the Paris, a shooting right outside Planet Hollywood, multiple fights, and much more.
Because of all the violence happening all along the Las Vegas Strip, guests can expect the new security measures to stay in place for months to come. However, guests should not be discouraged from taking a trip to Vegas; the resorts are doing their best to keep guests safe from all the violence and implementing social distancing rules to comply with COVID-19 restrictions. So guests can grab their masks and book their stay at one of the many great resorts on the Las Vegas Strip.