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Expect more armed guards and bag checks in Las Vegas, this security expert says



In the wake of the Las Vegas shooting that left at least 59 people dead, visitors can expect more armed security at casinos, resorts and events on the Strip, according to a security expert Circa spoke to.

"Hotel resorts are re-evaluating security. Some of them have already done that with supervisors and maybe your outside people being armed," Tommy Burns, a security and law enforcement consultant who runs Burns & Associates, Inc., told Circa.

“Just standing here, we’ve seen a lot of bags go by us and could easily contain anything.”
Tommy Burns, Security Consultant

Burns has served as a consultant for various casinos in Las Vegas, like the Flamingo. He says we may also see more bag checks — not necessarily now, but in a few years.

"Just standing here," he said, referring to the Strip where we conducted our interview, "we've seen a lot of bags go by us and could easily contain anything."

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Burns says he doesn't know of any hotel in Las Vegas that conducts bag checks, but that in the Middle East TSA-like bag checks are protocol before checking into a hotel.

Meanwhile, Michael Rozin, a security consultant who runs Rozin Security Consulting out of Minnesota, says bag checks and armed security guards are just part of the equation.

"This idea of having more armed people and bag checks is not a solution, that by itself," Rozin told Circa. "Armed people by definition are only useful when incidents happen. Armed people by itself are not going to stop a disaster. It might help fasten the response."

He says he expects to see more preventative measures, like training in hotels.

"This idea of having more armed people and bag checks is not a solution."
Michael Rozin, security consultant

"There’s going to be more organized effort to have more front desk staff trained to pre-emptively recognize someone contemplating or planning an act of violence," said Rozin.

One question some people have asked on social media following the shooting is whether or not an attack by one man with so many weapons could have been prevented: The shooter must have carried up the weapons somehow. Did hotel staff not see or think anything of the massive bags? Was this preventable?

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"No," says Burns. “Your shooters are the people you least expected. In today’s day, it wasn’t preventable.”

One thing Burns said people can do is be more prepared. Alexandrea Lazeroff was working at Rock & Reilly's, an Irish Pub on the Strip, when the gunman open fired less than two miles away. She said she didn't know what to do, so she directed people toward the bathroom.

“It wasn’t really the smartest way to go about it, so it probably would be more precautionary to have an actual drill," Lazeroff told Circa.

Burns says every business on the strip should have some kind of training for staff, no matter how big or small the establishment is. At the very least, he said, everyone should watch the following from the Houston Police Department: a 6-minute video that tells you what you should do if you're in the presence of an active shooter.

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