While casinos have thousands of cameras watching activities on gaming floors, at hotel entrances and exits, and in some elevators, most casinos do not have cameras in the hallways of guest room floors where thousands of crimes occur to unsuspecting victims.
Closed circuit “eye in the sky” cameras are everywhere in Las Vegas hotel casinos. Hidden behind plastic domes in the ceiling, they play a major role to prevent cheating and theft at card tables and slot machines. These hidden, closed circuit cameras monitor casino floor activities 24 hours a day, seven days a week. They play a vital role in casino security, but their primary function is financial security, not personal security for guests or employees. What happens when people leave the casino?
According to the Associated Press, 23 major Strip casinos out of 27 have no camera surveillance on hotel guest floors in hallways or elevator landings. Only Caesars Palace, the MGM Grand, the Tropicana, and Planet Hollywood monitor the halls above the gambling floor. This creates a major safety risk for hotel guests who are subjected to serious injuries, even fatalities, due to security negligence.
In 2014, a hotel maid was chased by a man down the hallway on a guest floor at the Flamingo. She was forced to lock herself in a cleaning closet. As the man repeatedly rattled the door handle trying to open the door, the maid called security on her cell phone that was in her pocket. Before hotel security arrived, the man escaped.
In 2015, a 13-year-old-boy was raped in a hotel room at Circus Circus, and a middle-aged woman was sexually assaulted, beaten, and left unconscious at the Cosmopolitan. Both assailants escaped without any camera surveillance. At a downtown Las Vegas hotel, a 65-year old man was robbed and beaten to death in the stairwell as he was returning to his hotel room.
According to George Bochanis, a Las Vegas wrongful death attorney, “installing security cameras on hotel guest floors would help deter these types of violent crimes, but hotels would need to monitor the footage continually to prevent negligence lawsuits.”