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September 1, 2014

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Letter to the editor:

It’s time to clean up the Strip

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Regarding the letter, “Visitor pining for ‘old Las Vegas,’” by a woman who will no longer visit, officials better wake up.

I have been visiting the Strip for years and now have absolutely no desire to visit anymore. It is an out-of-control zoo. When family and friends visit me they constantly comment on the offensive behavior displayed everywhere. They used to stay on the Strip but no longer have any desire to do so. We read about crimes and how the tourist numbers are down on the Strip and one reason is that repeat visitors are not coming back; who can blame them! It’s not too late to clean things up.

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  1. Excellent point by the letter writer. We're so obsessed with the practices of the cabbies we miss the real issues: The safety and security of tourists on the strip.

    Carmine D

  2. I have been out to the strip a few times lately with visitors as well as comped hotel stays. I do not see the problem as a "red light" district problem. The masses of people come and walk around see things they probably do not in their small towns across America and Canada. The begging homeless and costume characters, and card slappers are probably what most dislike, but it is real and is here. It really can not be regulated as the ACLU will be quick to defend any rights. What could be done is a much higher police or Casino security presence on foot, stationary and bike like is done in cities in China to deter activity and make people at least "feel" safe.

  3. The only way to clean up the strip is to sell the sidewalks to the hotels.
    The card slappers will be kicked off thier property as well as the panhandlers and street performers. If the hotels own thier own sidewalks they can regulate who can work on it and who can't and the pathetic ACLU can't do anything about it .

  4. March tourists visiting Las Vegas are up,we have not been able to see what April's numbers are as of yet.But all indications are that April should be up as well.

    We have had our share of crime in our city.For a city that caters to more then 40 million plus tourists a year I think we are doing pretty darn good in crime prevention.

  5. Thank the uber-liberal, left leaning Ninth circuit court of Appeals for protecting these slave merchants advertising on the Strip. Also the ACLU is complicit in this blight on our community. Instead of listing registered gun owners in the newspaper, the addresses of all ACLU members should be shown. I know, I know, the pushback to my comments will be the ACLU protects my right, like putting this in the Sun, but that only goes so far.... The greater protection is offered to slime like the escort services. They very seldom support a conservative group or ideals. (ACLU members take note: The operative words in the last sentence are "very seldom". Notice I didn't say never)

    Finally, in my opinion, this is commercial advertising, non protected speech. I'm not saying that these mobile "massage" .. ;) ....businesses must cease to exist. They just should not be allowed to advertise in the public realm for free. I don't want to be assaulted by McDonalds or United Airlines when I'm walking down the street either. We should be able to control commercial advertising in public space. Period.

  6. "Metro: Violent crime up slightly on Las Vegas Strip compared to last year

    By Dylan Scott

    Friday, Dec. 17, 2010 | 1:55 a.m.

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    "Compared to last year, violent crime on the Las Vegas Strip has seen a slight uptick but homicides are down, according a recent crime report given to the Paradise Town Advisory Board.

    On Tuesday, the town board received an update on crime statistics and on the activities of the Convention Center Area Command from Metro Police Capt. Charles Hank.

    Hank presented a number of crime statistics for the Strip: Violent crimes were up slightly, 527 in 2009 compared to 567 so far in 2010. He noted that there have been two fewer homicides -- three versus five.

    Burglaries were down to 1,875 from 2,500 last year, he said.

    He also detailed some of his officers' responsibilities, which in addition to patrolling for and responding to crimes include dealing with smut peddlers and street performers.

    The borders of the Convention Center Area Command are Sahara Avenue to the north, Russell Road to the south, Interstate 15 to the west and UNLV and McCarran International Airport to the east. The area command has been in operation since late 2008.

    Metro is working to make the Strip "the safest tourist destination in the world," Hank said. The unit's goals are to increase police visibility in the resort corridor, educate the security teams for Strip resorts and encourage the public to get involved with the "See Something, Say Something" campaign to thwart potential terrorist threats.

    In general, Hank said, the Strip is a safe place: with 2.5 million visitors coming each year, the crime statistics show most people visit with no incident. Overall, Hank said he is satisfied with the effect his unit has had in its relatively short time in existence but work remains to be done."

    Predictions for 2013 is that crime in Las Vegas will be up from 2010.

    Carmine D

  7. "Predication for 2013 is that crime in Las Vegas will be up from 2010"

    Predication For 2013 tourists visiting Las Vegas will also be up from 2010