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Is Las vegas safe?

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Is Las vegas safe?

Is there any places on the strip that might get a bit shady??
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Always use your best judgment and be aware of your surroundings. If it feels shady, there is probably a reason for it. When visiting Las Vegas, the higher end places seem safer than the older, more rundown places but I think one should still be vigilant of their surroundings and never leave your drinks unattended no matter where you are. Watch your belongings and don't put yourself in risky situations or go to places not well lit or where there are no people.

All in all, I have never felt unsafe in Las Vegas but I am someone who is trying to be careful when in a place that is not home as you can easily become a victim of an unsuspecting crime.
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Out on the street there's homeless people, solicitors, and drunken people all over the place. Not exactly the epitome of safety for those who may be weary. If safety is a concern it's very easy to take a cab from anywhere, to anywhere, in town. Every major resort/hotel/casino has a cab stand at the front door.

Inside, there's lots of security so I wouldn't worry about that.
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Nowhere is crime free. Safe is subjective, but in my opinion, yes, it's very safe.
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Given the bail bonds offices everywhere you look, there must be a fair bit of crime.

But I never felt any alarms go off as I wandered around.

Fremont St is a bit seedy, the Strip is all glitz and glam. Stick to the well lit areas, take care of each other if you get drunk, etc, and you should be fine.

And as mentioned, you can take a cab (or Uber) if you need to.
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The challenge with Vegas, compared to other areas, is with the sheer amount of tourist traffic there are many people specifically targeting tourists. Whether it's for violent crime or petty crime, there are many people there trying to hustle you and take advantage of the situation.

A good idea if you are worried is to stay in public areas with large groups of people. Fortunately in Vegas this can be very easy to find all over the strip. It just means you are not walking to the "Pawn Stars" pawn shop or Fremont Street from the Strip. If taking cabs only take them from the taxi stands at the hotels.


If on Fremont Street be a little more careful. It's not in a great location, and if I recall, their county jail is even right there. They are trying to make it better (I keep thinking no more open containers even) but it doesn't have the sheer amount of money the strip does to keep things clean, and the surrounding neighbourhood can be sketchy.
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The only time we aren't comfortable was when I bring my wife to walk from Strip to Renaissance Hotel, it was just only 5-10 min ride from Google Map. (Groupon dinner deal)
I thought it is kinda near by and only 15-20 min walk and it took us half hour. Once we walked out of the strip, the atmosphere change completely. It started to get dark close to 7pm and there is no body really walk around on Sands Avenue except the odd one or 2. It was so quiet and dead that we aren't feeling too good to walk around.

We stayed Alert the whole time and made it safe....we took Lyft back to our hotel in strip after the dinner there. We sure doesn't want to walk back under the dark, no freaking way lol

Other than that, I feel much safer in Vegas than I was the big cities in Europe with pocketpicker everywhere.
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north or south on Las Vegas boulevard has more or less a million cameras catching all views (not to mention a million people and security guards ) so not much crime happens there..once you go beyond 1 street east or west of there, all bets are off..a lot darker but those are more service roads and not much for a walking public...having said that, I have never felt unsafe anywhere in las vegas...but I never stay at any off strip no name motels to save a few dollars (as was suggested in another thread),,we always go to local establishments for good meals and local experience, never walk (Uber or drive).
Of you are on the strip and some shit happens..it takes about 45 seconds before security is on scene and about 3 minutes and police will be all over it in my past experiences..so...yea...vegas is probably safer than most places ...just don't put yourself in a risky situation
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jonkaho wrote: Is there any places on the strip that might get a bit shady??
The strip is fine. Crowds for sure, but no really rough areas. Just the usual disclaimers about partying crowds and alcohol.

Off the strip you can quickly get to areas that feel seedier or less secure, but even there incidents are not particularly common. If you are unsure/insecure, stick to the strip and fremont st, and take uber/cabs anywhere else and back.

On the strip you will occasionally see homeless people with signs on the pedestrian bridges, or someone with a portable speaker trying to preach to sinners, or people trying to pull you in for timeshare presentations, or "free" nightclub passes, but those are all more nuisance than safety concern, and if you keep walking none will bother you.

Downtown on fremont there will be more homeless and more odd "buskers", but again more nuisance than safety.
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Where Circus Circus and Stratosphere is pretty sketchy. We took the bus to target about ten minutes from the strip and it was fine there.
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Answer depends on how much you've had to drink and whether you look like your Avatar picture?

It's a city where there's a lot of flash and money floating around so there are going to be some "con" ppl around. Just be vigilant and remember ppl don't normally just come up to you and instantly want to be your friend. Be aware of your surroundings.
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have never felt unsafe in vegas, I have taken the bus, walked all over, including away from the strip on city buses.
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the solicitors are not that big of a deal, they are only allowed to snap cards to get your attention for the call girls. They won't really chase after you unless you take cards then the whole gaggle will try to give you cards.

South strip is pretty safe. North strip is old las vegas, that's reputed to be a lot shadier and dumpy. I never felt anything shady on my 2 trips. YMMV. Keep your head on a swivel and protect your valuables from pickpockets.
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jonkaho wrote: Is there any places on the strip that might get a bit shady??
I have no idea where you live, but I'm willing to bet the Vegas strip is way safer than wherever you are currently living.
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gei wrote: I have no idea where you live, but I'm willing to bet the Vegas strip is way safer than wherever you are currently living.
You are 100% correct.
I am in Winnipeg, most dangerous city in Canada.
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jonkaho wrote: You are 100% correct.
I am in Winnipeg, most dangerous city in Canada.
What happened to Winnipeg? I still have yet to visit Winnipeg but was shocked to learn how much crime is happening there. We only have a handful of cities in Canada and it seems like each one is really struggling with its challenges. I always find it interesting how little our national media cover the issues in Winnipeg and other cities across Canada. There are so many things I had no idea about in my own country until I started getting my news from places other than the Canadian MSM. I think awareness is the first step in addressing any problem and if the whole country doesn't know the challenges in each of our locations, I fear things are going to get worse for us before they get better.
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wudtsilake wrote: Given the bail bonds offices everywhere you look, there must be a fair bit of crime.
I think that has more to do with the "What happens in vegas stays in vegas" mentality where a tourist does something stupid and now needs bail.
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choclover wrote: What happened to Winnipeg? I still have yet to visit Winnipeg but was shocked to learn how much crime is happening there. We only have a handful of cities in Canada and it seems like each one is really struggling with its challenges. I always find it interesting how little our national media cover the issues in Winnipeg and other cities across Canada. There are so many things I had no idea about in my own country until I started getting my news from places other than the Canadian MSM. I think awareness is the first step in addressing any problem and if the whole country doesn't know the challenges in each of our locations, I fear things are going to get worse for us before they get better.
Big meth, drug problem here. Downtown is full of drug addicts and homeless people. Gotta be the worst city in Canada.
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jonkaho wrote: Big meth, drug problem here. Downtown is full of drug addicts and homeless people. Gotta be the worst city in Canada.
That is sad. Any idea what led to this? I don't ever remember hearing of this about Winnipeg in the past. I also remember a family member visiting Winnipeg some years back and really enjoying the experience.

We have a big homelessness problem here in Vancouver but the weather is unlikely to kill you. How do people manage in a place like Winnipeg?

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