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Experts Review Tourism Safety in Las Vegas

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LAS VEGAS -- If it could happen in Boston, a terrorist attack could potentially happen anywhere, including Las Vegas.

The International Tourism Safety Association is meeting in Las Vegas this week to talk about issues involving public safety. Because tourism is such a vital part of the local economy, local law enforcement they are doing everything they can to protect Las Vegas against an attack.

It was the bombing heard around the world when the Boston Marathon was targeted. Security experts say any famous city, including Las Vegas, could be on a terrorist's radar.

"Something can happen anywhere in the world. What we want to do is lower the probability," said Peter Tarlow who is at the safety conference.

Law enforcement from around the world gathered at the conference to share ideas on how to be better prepared.

"We can't use lack of funding as an excuse," Metro Police Asst. Chief Greg McCurdy said.

He said, even though the county denied $13 million for Metro, the department will keep more officers on the Strip to keep tourists and locals safe.

He also said training, such as the event last week where officers staged an armed attack at a local mall, will keep officers ready to respond in case of a real emergency.

Las Vegas does have a wide network of security cameras, but to a certain degree, the best visuals come from people who are vigilant.

"We have bombs in Europe, as well, and the UK so I think anywhere you go things are going to happen," Las Vegas tourist Emma Sangster said.

Metro also has officers stationed with the Homeland Security Department who are kept in the information loop on any intelligence that might suggest a terrorist attack in Las Vegas.

 

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