Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Surveillance Rooms at Las Vegas Casinos Often Lightly Staffed

For anyone who wants to cheat or steal at a major casino, the biggest deterrent isn’t the staff on the gaming floor, but rather the all-seeing eyes of the countless security cameras being monitored by surveillance staff.

But a new report from the Las Vegas Review-Journal has found that many casinos in Las Vegas have very few people attempting to keep track of everything going on in their resorts.

According to the report, there are rarely more than five people working on a given shift in the surveillance rooms of even the largest properties in the city, and that number is usually even lower, especially when breaks are taken into account.

The Nevada Gaming Control Board does require that casinos have surveillance rooms that are manned by staff that are familiar with both gaming rules and the equipment being used. However, they do not require that more than one person be present at any time. In order to allow for breaks, the room can even be completely unmanned for up to one hour during each eight-hour shift.
Vegas Uses Smaller Surveillance Crews Than Most Jurisdictions

That said, Control Board chief of enforcement Karl Bennison says his team has never seen an unmanned surveillance room during any of their inspections. Casino surveillance specialist Willy Allison says that, typically, most Las Vegas casinos have two to three people working any given shift.

Allison called that “very lean,” saying that gaming venues in other jurisdictions typically have about one person on duty for every 25 table games, and that Vegas resorts might want even more staff on hand given the additional foot traffic they attract.


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