Insider’s Tips: Staying Safe in Las Vegas

April 9, 2013

As a city known for making and losing money it should come as no surprise that there are those willing to steal from others to make money. Criminals in Las Vegas are as devious as anywhere in the country but thievery is not the only thing you need to protect yourself from. Anywhere you go safety should be practiced and although the city and Vegas Strip is well lit, don’t take that to mean it is without crime.

While crime occurs on Las Vegas Strip, Freemont Street has a higher reputation for crime. It is not the family friendly street you’d hope it to be, with casinos and gambling comes the infamous hookers who congregate in the late hours of the day. To avoid trouble, you should consider avoiding this area in the evening hours. If you have little fear of hookers then maybe the threat of being pick-pocketed will capture your attention. Pickpockets look for the naive tourists by putting out “Beware of Pickpockets” signs and watch for people to check their pocket. This alerts the crafty criminals which pocket to pick when they “accidentally” bump into you.

Tips to be safe when in Las Vegas:

  • Don’t flash around the cash you’ve won at the casino or what you’ve brought with you. If possible limit the amount of cash on you and be mindful of where your money is. The last thing you want is a wallet of money to go missing on the street or in a crowd.
  • Drinking is a popular part of your trip to Sin City. For safety sake, try not to drink more than you can handle. Know your limits and eat or drink water between alcoholic beverages. And no matter where you are, never leave your drink unattended.
  • Be aware of traffic dangers. Many people find walking preferable to driving because of the heavy Las Vegas traffic. Taxi drivers are known speeders so always where your seatbelts when in a car and always use crosswalks as a pedestrian.

Above all else, when visiting Las Vegas, use your best judgment and common sense. Practice the same safety practices you would at home. Tell people where you are going, who you’re going with, practice street smarts, watch your possessions, and don’t wonder around alone if possible especially at night.

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