Fremont Street visitors experience tighter security this weekend

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Posted on: Jul 9, 2022 10:02 am.

Last updated on: Jul 9, 2022 10:07 am.

Fremont Street Experience is stepping up its weekend security. The move follows a couple of recent shootings and other violent crimes in or near the popular downtown Las Vegas pedestrian mall.

Crowd gathers for a concert at the Fremont Street Experience
The crowd gathers for a concert at the Fremont Street Experience, pictured above. Recent violent crime in downtown Las Vegas’ pedestrian mall has prompted new restrictions and precautions. (Image: Fremont Street Experience)

Expect to see the kind of security found in airports. These include metal detectors at entrances, security guards checking bags for weapons and other restricted items, and a limited weekend evening curfew for those under the age of 21, according to local media reports.

Persons under the age of 21 are not allowed to enter the Fremont Street Experience without the presence of a parent or legal guardian after 8 p.m. during special events over the weekend, the mall said in a statement.

More security forces will also patrol the pedestrian zone as part of the new initiative. As did other Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department (LVMPD) officers. Many casinos, bars and other businesses in the area already have their own security guards.

Andrew Simon, President and CEO of Fremont Street Experience, said in a recent statement to the Las Vegas Review Journalthat “the safety of our guests, employees and tenants has been and always will be our priority.”

Everything else is secondary. The incidents of the past week cannot and will not be accepted. Our tourism, jobs and security will not be endangered by these measures,” Simon added.

The Fremont Street Experience’s increased security measures are in effect Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 8:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. only. Las Vegas on sitea Twitter account reported this week.

Also, visitors to the Fremont Street Experience will see more LVMPD officers on patrol on weekends between 10:00 p.m. and 5:00 a.m. The area is particularly busy on Friday and Saturday nights.

LVMPD patrol officers assigned to downtown will also receive increased support from the gang unit as well as other LVMPD divisions.

The Fremont Street Experience already has 300 surveillance cameras in the five-block area. A high-tech gunshot detection system operates under the mall’s iconic canopy.

This week, Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman announced that city officials are considering expanding the City of Las Vegas’ current underage curfew, which regulates those under the age of 18. It would be increased to include those between the ages of 18 and 20 if it goes into effect.

Effective immediately, the City of Las Vegas, which includes the Fremont Street Experience, no longer allows unaccompanied minors under the age of 18 between 10:00 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 5:00 a.m. the following day. On Fridays and Saturdays, the curfew applies between midnight and 5 a.m. the following day.

enforcement challenges

In response to the security initiative Vital Vegas’ Scott Roeben remarked this week, “It’s weird only doing these security measures on weekends (definitely a budget conscious decision)…”

We’re curious to see how countless entrances to the Fremont Street Experience (e.g. through the casinos and retail outlets and restaurants) will be monitored.

“It’s unclear where the access points to the Fremont Street Experience will be, but historically the checkpoints have been in the most visible locations, such as between the Fremont Street East neighborhood and the actual Fremont Street Experience,” he added.

Guilty idiots

But Roeben is urging tourists and locals alike to put Fremont Street’s recent violent crime into perspective.

“There hasn’t really been a crime explosion on Fremont Street. There are a lot of people, and there’s a small fraction of those people who are idiots. It’s annoying that the rest of us have to go through security because of their idiot, but that’s a reality of our world today.”

Rise in violent crime

Police data confirms there is more violent crime in the area, including the Fremont Street Experience, and on nearby streets.

LVMPD Captain Hector Cintron
LVMPD Captain Hector Cintron, pictured above. He explains that some violent crimes on Fremont Street start as arguments. (Image: LVMPD)

LVMPD Captain Hector Cintron announced this week that 45 major attacks have been reported for the area since the beginning of the year. Last year there were 27 in early July. Similarly, 20 robberies have been reported in the area since the beginning of the year. In 2021 it was 14 at the beginning of July.

One of the most recent incidents occurred on July 4th when a man was shot in the buttocks. His injuries are not life-threatening.

But on June 19, a more serious crime took place when a 16-year-old boy allegedly fatally shot a man at the Fremont Street Experience. An innocent bystander was shot and injured.

That incident began as an argument that escalated into violence, police revealed. This has happened on other occasions.

“A majority of those calls arose out of an altercation or verbal exchange that could lead to a fight, and there we had that,” Cintron said review journal.

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