Police: Cheaper rooms are a factor in violent crime spike

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LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Metro police say low room rates are partially to blame for the recent spike in violence on the Las Vegas Strip.

But how low are they?

The I-Team examined the numbers, and comparing the average room rate from this year and last year. It’s only about a $10 difference, according to the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority.

But Metro sources say combine the lower room rate with several other factors, and there’s a problem.

“We are seeing an increase in crime or the presence of crime on Las Vegas Boulevard — in particicular, through the Strip — and I think part of that might be lowering the room rates,” Sheriff Joe Lombardo said on Aug. 26. “The type of customer that is showing up … they’re more interested in creating chaos than entertaining themselves or engaging themselves.”

Metro police say in August, they started seeing a spike in violent crime on the Las Vegas Strip and in downtown Las Vegas.

Fast forward to October. Shootings and fights continue.

So the I-Team checked the room rates for both the middle of the week and the weekend.

On Oct. 9, we checked expedia.com.

Here’s what we found:

Combining the room rate plus taxes and fees:

To stay this Wednesday:

Downtown at the Golden Gate, a total of $50. That’s even cheaper than a hostel, which costs $56 per night.

And on the Strip, the Excalibur — $73 per night. The Strat — $74, Circus Circus — $75.

Checking the weekend, to stay Friday night:

The Super 8, downtown — $64.

On the Strip, Travelodge by Wyndham — $77.

Several others on or near the Las Vegas Strip were also less than $100.

Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak briefly addressed the spike in crime on Sept. 29.

“Las Vegas is a safe place to come, and I want to stress that to all of our visitors that are coming here. I am in discussion with the resort community,” he said.

The I-Team reached out to the Nevada Resort Association for a response from the point of view of casinos and hotels, and received the following statement:

“The resort industry continues to work very closely with the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department to ensure a safe and secure experience for our visitors, employees and residents. Our members have advanced security teams with law enforcement experience and robust, state-of-the-art security measures in place for the protection of guests and employees. In addition, our members continually enhance their operations to prevent and deter illegal activity based on the latest technology and law enforcement strategies. The persistent work of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department combined with the targeted approach of the resort industry is working as current data continues to trend downward. All major cities are experiencing a rise in bad behavior, and increases in this activity cannot be attributed to one cause, rather they are the result of many factors given the stress and anxiety the pandemic is creating.”  

Nevada Resort Association

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