Protecting large-scale venues in Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS - On any given day, there are shows and concerts happening at the different venues on the Las Vegas Strip.

While security is typically tight during major events, the risks still exist.

There's no telling when and if Las Vegas may be a target but there are ways to stay vigilant, especially around large crowds.

More than 40 million tourists visit Las Vegas every year indulging in everything the Strip has to offer, but following the Manchester terror attack, safety is a topic of conversation along one of the most famous resort corridors in the world that is home to a number of concert venues.

"I think I take safety for granted because you kind of just walk in and just assume that you're safe," said Nadine Abdelgalil, a visitor from London.

"You kind of think about it cause if somebody had the intention to do something, you could easily do it," said Michael Borrell, who is visiting from Pennsylvania.

Keeping visitors safe requires layers as explained by Jon Simon, a retired Las Vegas Metro Police officer and CEO of a security company.

"At every major event there is a outer perimeter, an outer outer perimeter, an inner perimeter, and another inner perimeter," Simon said, Simon Protection Group.

His company handles some of the biggest music festivals in Las Vegas including EDC and Life is Beautiful.
He teaches his employees to do thorough searches through security lines and always look for suspicious people and items.

"If you see something that is just not right, that's see something, say something terminology that we've heard for the last 10 to 15 years, that's what they should be doing," he said.

Simon says the same goes for the general public.

He's also advising parents who drop off their children at an event, to have meeting place away from the venue.

"This is where I want you to go so I'll know where to pick you up at or where I can go to make sure that you are safe," Simon said.

Knowing where to go can also be as easy as identifying the nearest exit in case of an emergency.

"It's important to stay vigilant, but I think every time you go to a place, you just assume you're safe," Abdelgalil said.

"You got to instill that into their minds that hey this can really happen anywhere," Borrell said.   

The Manchester terror attack happened just a few days before the busiest weekend of the year in Las Vegas.

 


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