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Why Las Vegas Is Safer Than You Might Think

Sarah has traveled to Las Vegas many times in the past few years, sometimes with her husband and sometimes solo.

Las Vegas strip at night

Las Vegas strip at night

3 Reasons I've Always Felt Safe in Vegas

Most people wouldn't think of Las Vegas (aka Sin City) as a safe place to be, but this is the only place I have ever visited where I never felt unsafe. The first time I visited Las Vegas was when I was a kid and went with my parents. Back then I didn't think much of Vegas except that it was super hot because it was in the summer. However, I thought Vegas was pretty cool and always wanted to go back.

I went back to Las Vegas in 2013 with my ex-boyfriend and a group of his friends and unfortunately, since they were there for a gaming tournament, I didn't get much of a chance to explore. After that, I visited Las Vegas again in spring 2018 as a solo trip for my birthday and finally had time to explore all the resorts and eat wherever I wanted. In 2018 I was already older than 21 so if I wanted to drink or gamble I was allowed, I only had to show my ID. I didn't do either of these things though since I don't enjoy drinking and I think gambling is a waste of my time and money.

However, I did enjoy taking many photos of all the different resorts on the Vegas strip and playing some arcade games at Circus Circus. After this trip, I came back to Las Vegas in fall of 2018 with my now-husband and we spent the night at a fancy hotel on the strip.

Our most recent trip to Las Vegas was last year in October and unfortunately, because of the pandemic, some restaurants and attractions weren't open yet.

On every trip to Vegas, I never once felt unsafe walking around. In this article, I will share with you why I think Vegas is the safest city.

1. It's Always Busy

The main reason I think Vegas is the safest city is that it really does live up to its name of being the city that never sleeps. There's always traffic on the strip whether that's cars or people. If you stay on the Vegas strip, there are always plenty of people around to make sure that you're safe. If something happens to you or there's a suspicious person walking around, you can be sure that there will be someone around you that will see them. Therefore, you're never alone and as most people know, things usually happen when you're alone or in a secluded area away from public view. Things can happen anywhere even with a lot of people around too but the chances of that happening are very slim when you're surrounded by thousands of people at all times.

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When I went to Vegas on my solo trip, I got a hotel located close to the Excalibur Hotel so that I would always be close to the Vegas strip. I spent about two days walking up and down the strip on my own and with everyone around, I always felt safe. I didn't enjoy the smell of alcohol and marijuana everywhere and there was the occasional drunk asking for money or drugs but I just ignored them like everyone else passing by and nothing happened. I never felt unsafe walking around at night and didn't feel the need to have a taxi or uber drive me back to my hotel because I was a girl and I was afraid of someone trying to kidnap me or rob me.

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2. Most Places Are Open 24/7

As I said previously, Las Vegas truly is the city that never sleeps so most things are open pretty much 24 hours a day and 7 days a week. If you feel unsafe walking around the streets on the strip at night, you can always walk into the nearest casino or into the nearest fast-food chain. Some sit-down restaurants and all the buffets close early but there are always fast-food chains open like McDonald's and others.

Also, the casinos are located inside resorts so those never close. They're always letting people inside regardless of whether it's 2 pm or 2 am and unless you're going to gamble or buy alcohol, the security will let you inside even if you don't show your id. Therefore, there are plenty of places to go and all those people inside the casino plus security will keep you safe.

3. There's Tons of Security

Also, inside the casinos, there are a lot of private security guards walking around making sure that no one is acting suspiciously inside. The security guards are hired to keep the employees and guests safe and they usually look very intimidating like in the movies so just seeing them around, would make you feel a lot safer.

There are also a lot of cameras located around each casino in each resort. Therefore, there is surveillance footage of each and every guest walking around so usually, the personnel watching the live footage will act before you even start to feel unsafe inside the resort.

Every City Has Good and Bad Areas

The main thing I want to talk about here and clear up is, of course, every city has its good and bad areas. I wouldn't recommend going to downtown Vegas or the old part of Vegas without another person or at night because that part of Vegas can be unsafe. However, if you stay on the Vegas strip and don't leave it to go wander somewhere else, it might just be one of the safest places you could be.

© 2022 Sarah Wong

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