Strip properties weigh new security measures in wake of Las Vegas mass shooting

Las Vegas Strip (Pixabay/MGN Online)

When a lone gunman took aim at a crowd of thousands, killing at least 59 people and wounding hundreds more, it was clear Las Vegas would never be the same.

Two days later, some resorts on the Strip are considering major changes in security.

At the Wynn and Encore, new bag checks and metal detector inspections are underway for guests entering the property. A representative for Wynn Properties would not comment further on security policies.

Caesars Entertainment issued a statement, saying, “We are constantly reviewing our security policies and practices to keep our guests and employees safe.”

Meanwhile, at Mandalay Bay, there remains that haunting image of the blown out windows on the 32nd floor where the gunman carried out his deadly plot.

“You hear about all the crazy stuff that happens around the world that happens on the news and you think you’re safe over here,” said Rachel Pitzel of Canada. “I’m sorry, I’m never coming back again – no offense.”

Richard Strader is a retired sergeant with the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department and heads security for one of the hotel properties near the Las Vegas Strip.

“We’re observing everybody that comes into our property, we’re doing bag checks,” said Strader, adding that hotel properties across Nevada are talking about how to approach changes in security. “We want to make sure that we don't push business away but we want to make sure that everyone is safe.”

Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman said it's important to remember those 59 lives were stolen by one deranged gunman.

“Can we ever do anything about that one percent? Do we want to tie down everybody’s freedom because we have a nut and piece of garbage like this? I don’t think so,” said Goodman. “We’re not about going into people’s private belongings.”

Security measures on the Strip are continually updated over time.

Later this month, barricades were already planned and are expected to be installed to improve safety for pedestrians from potential attacks.

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