LAS VEGAS – A Las Vegas police crackdown in response to a wave of crime blamed in part on discounted hotel stays amid the coronavirus pandemic has had measurable results – but violence continues to plague the city, statistics from police crime.
Since the famous Las Vegas Strip reopened in June, there has been an upsurge in assaults in the region.
The crackdown has reduced the recent spike in crime by around 30%, according to local reports, but assaults are still up more than 35% since the start of the year compared to 2019.
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The Convention Center Area Command of the Las Vegas Metro Police Department, which includes the Strip, reported 353 serious assaults in the week ending October 10, 2020, up from 258 in 2019, an increase of 36.82% . Assaults involving firearms have increased by more than 80% this year to 89, from 49 in 2019.
Las Vegas-based KLAS said it had found weekday Strip bookings available for as low as $ 73, downtown hotels were even cheaper: as low as $ 50. Friday night rooms on the Strip could cost as little as $ 77.
The Clark County Sheriff has said cheap accommodation is partly to blame for the rise in crime as visitors flock to the city, where COVID-19 restrictions have limited usual nightlife, multiple reports say – even though global tourism has plummeted amid the Coronavirus pandemic.
“We’re seeing an increase in crime or the presence of crime on Las Vegas Boulevard, especially across the Strip – and I think part of that could be the drop in room rates,” he said at the end of August, according to the KLAS report.
More than 80 people were arrested last weekend alone, Fox 5 Vegas reported.
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Property crime, on the other hand, has fallen significantly to 582 from 905 at this point last year. But motor vehicle thefts clashed with this trend, from 14 to 25, an increase of almost 80%.
There has been one murder in the region so far this year, compared to none so far in 2019.