While virtually shuttering due to COVID, 2020 saw an unprecedented spike in violent crime, leading to increased patrols by metro police. Now that we are seeing an incredible bounce back from the pandemic devastation of the tourism industry with new bookings and a return to pre-pandemic nightlife, we can almost believe in the magic that is perpetuated by the aura on the Las Vegas strip.
Reminders That Crime Still Exists in Las Vegas
Except we still have reminders that crime exists on our city streets with the recent case of the December 20th shooting of Chengyan Wang, a waiter at ShangHai Taste on Spring Mountain Road during an attempted robbery. The defendant, in this case, is a chronic offender who had two other criminal charges against him at the time of the shooting.
This current case of attempted robbery and attempted murder shows the need for anyone navigating Las Vegas restaurants and businesses to keep diligent and keep distraction to a minimum.
Unfortunately, in Vegas, we are a destination based on distractions which can make individuals much more vulnerable to crime. When you are on a well-deserved vacation, and with all the options available in Las Vegas, it’s easy to forget that bad things can and do happen.
How to Make Yourself Less Vulnerable to Crime in Las Vegas
Despite the fun vibe of Las Vegas, the reality is that it does have its risks. Right alongside the party atmosphere, theft and other violent crime coexist. Many criminals specifically prey on tourists who are obvious marks and anyone visiting Las Vegas should be their own best advocate.
Visitors and locals should always keep mindful of ways to keep themselves as safe as possible, whether gambling at the casino or just going out for a quiet dinner.
- Keep to more crowded and tourist-driven areas. If you find yourself in a less-traveled area with few people, it may be time to turn around.
- Avoid foot travel and take a cab, ride-share, or have rental transportation available for travel between destinations.
- Don’t leave anything in sight in your car that may label you as a tourist or entice someone to break in.
- Park in well-lit areas and check the interior of the car before entering. Have your keys ready.
- Know where you are going and how to get there to avoid getting lost.
- Don’t carry much cash. Keep the cash you have in your front pocket.
- Leave purses, wallets, and jewelry at home.
- Hotel safes are not always safe. Keep this in mind. Consider keeping valuables at the front desk.
- Do your homework and check reviews before booking a hotel.
- Keep track of your hotel key and never give out your room number.
- Gamble as discreetly as possible.
- Never leave a drink unattended.
- Keep your alcohol consumption moderate.
- Familiarize yourself with local police and VIVA and where they patrol. VIVA is a volunteer program that can help you if you are looking for assistance.
- If you’re traveling with children, make sure they know the safety rules, know where you are staying, and how to use 911.
- Trust your instincts. Report suspicious activity and don’t attempt to confront anyone on your own.
For Those Who Are Charged With a Crime While Visiting Las Vegas
For many who come to Las Vegas to have a good time, the allure of bright lights, lots of money, and the illusion of anything goes can often lead to criminal charges and a trip to jail right along with the fun. These can include DWI and drug charges, assault, sex crimes, or other unexpected criminal charges.
Regardless of the extent of the charge, an individual who is charged with a crime is still entitled to skilled legal counsel. Especially if you are from out of town, you need someone who understands Nevada courts and laws and is experienced in criminal defense in Las Vegas.
If you have been charged with a crime while visiting Las Vegas, the criminal defense team at LV Criminal Defense can help. Contact us at our website or call us at (702) 623-6362 to set up a free consultation to discuss your case and your legal defense strategy.