Does Las Vegas casino security need a rethink?
Sometimes in life a catastrophic event dictates a complete rethink. Las Vegas casino security was recently dealt a real blow. On Monday 2nd October 2017, 59 people died and more than 525 people were injured because a mad man breached security at the Mandalay Bay Hotel in Las Vegas.
It is not yet clear why this shocking event happened but it appears to have been well planned. The deadliest US shooting attack was executed by lone 64-year-old gunmen Stephen Paddock from the 32nd floor on the Mandalay Bay Hotel on the Las Vegas Strip.
The scene prior to the massacre was an outdoor country music concert with thousands of revellers. It was an indiscriminate shooting but some clever planning was involved over several days. John Paddock was allowed to amass sixteen rifles and a handgun within his hotel room.
It would appear that insufficient security measures were in place within the hotel to prevent that happening. Perhaps that is because security systems using metal detectors, which might have prevented the incident go against the concept of hotel hospitality.
Security in Hotels
A hotel is a public building which should provide a level of private security. That security needs to be sufficient in future to prevent this sort of thing happening again. The only way to prevent that is to introduce airport style security with scanners.
Maybe all hotel staff could to be better trained to spot suspicious events or unusual behaviour but would that be enough. The answer is probably no but the real question is how likely is a catastrophic event like this to happen again?
It seems doubtful whether any level of security would have prevented such a massacre happening in a public building. Introducing high level security in a hotel building is probably not compatible with the principles of hospitality adopted by hotels.
Perhaps the answer to this dilemma will come from the technology of the future. Maybe a discreet style of metal detector needs to be developed for use in public buildings. Maybe random searching with wand type detectors would work, as a deterrent in the meantime.
Interestingly, the Mandalay Hotel declined to comment about the incident pending an ongoing investigation. It is probably so much of a dilemma for the hotel and hospitality industry to absorb at this early time.
Las Vegas casino security will need to learn some swift lessons from this because Stephen Paddock has already been identified as a prolific gambler. Perhaps the real motive needs to be identified, was he just getting revenge for losses at the casino?
Indications are the massacre was extensively planned.