UNLV Report: Impact of Casino-Resort Development on Crime Rates In Toronto

Dec. 3, 2012

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Second report from UNLV International Gaming Institute examines crime impacts of a casino-resort in Greater Toronto Area.
LAS VEGAS— December 3, 2012 — UNLV International Gaming Institute researchers released their second in a series of reports that weigh the pros and cons of developing an integrated casino-resort in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA). 
In this latest report, UNLV researchers Kahlil S. Philander and Bo Bernhard examine crime impacts associated with a new casino-resort development. According to the authors, the scientific literature suggests that casinos are no different from other tourism draws such as hockey games or the Canadian National Exhibition when it comes to crime. That is, while more visitors in an area can lead to a higher number of crimes overall, the actual risk to residents as measured by crime rates tends to remain unaffected.