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By John Kristensen of Kristensen, LLP posted in Personal Injuries on Thursday, January 18, 2018.
Even with Higher Security, Low Crowds Turned out on the Las Vegas Strip for New Years

Understandably, tensions are still running a little high after the mass shooting in October, to the point where even significantly enhanced security wasn’t enough to tempt party-goers to see in the New Year on the Strip.

The celebration marking the start of 2018 saw the highest level of security for quite some time, but fewer visitors than expected came along to join in with the party.

Just How Beefed-Up Was Las Vega’s New Year Security?

According to Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo, speaking before the New Year celebrations, Homeland Security had taken the decision to ramp security up from its usual Level 3, to special events protocol SEAR Level 1, which is the highest possible level. For comparison, this is the level of security normally associated with very high-profile events such as the Super Bowl and presidential nomination events.

SEAR Level 1 security includes:

  • Snipers equipped with spotters
  • Extra air support
  • Additional medical equipment
  • More medical personnel
  • Federal authority-staffed mobile command points
  • 1,500 local police officers
  • 300 National Guard troops
  • Installation of 4,200 metal bollards along the Strip
  • A ban on strollers, backpacks, large bags, glass bottles and coolers
  • Plain clothes officers circulated amongst the crowed
  • An increase in spending by the Nevada Department of Transportation from $120,000 to $350,000, dedicated to protective measures

Despite the reassurance offered by such impressive security measures, around 330,000 people are believed to have attended the spectacular celebrations, down around 1.2% on previous years’ attendance. Although Las Vegas has never been safer than on New Year’s Eve 2017, even the Foo Fighters, Maroon 5 and Britney Spears couldn’t boost the figures.

Aside from any uncertainty relating to October’s events, there are a few more reasons which may have had an adverse effect on attendance at the Strip. New Year’s Eve falling on a Sunday, and ongoing renovations in several establishments causing a shortage of available accommodation have also been cited as potentially off-putting factors.

Shooting in Las Vegas

Of course, the incident which caused the uncertainty and, perhaps, fear about visiting the Strip on such a busy night was the shooting which took place on October 1st. Stephen Paddock opened fire from a 32nd floor window at the Mandalay Bay hotel during the Route 91 Harvest country music festival. 58 people lost their lives and hundreds more were injured during this tragic event.

It wasn’t just New Year’s Eve that felt the after-effects of the shooting, as tourism was down by around 4.2% in October 2017, when compared to the same period in previous years.

An FBI report into the motives of the shooter is said to be due in around September or October this year.

If you or a loved one have been affected by a shooting or other personal injury in Los Angeles, Las Vegas, our personal injury attorney can offer a free initial consultation to consult you about your best legal options. Call the Law Offices of Kristensen, LLP at 310-984-1297 or complete this contact form for a free case evaluation.