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[ISN] After Bellagio heist, how slack security can cost Las Vegas casinos

From: InfoSec News <alerts_at_nospam>
Date: Wed Jan 12 2011 - 08:35:08 GMT

By Liz Benston
Las Vegas Sun
Jan. 11, 2011

In the 2001 movie “Ocean’s Eleven,” a gang of criminal masterminds uses
con games, physical might and explosives in an elaborate plan to steal
millions from the Bellagio vault.

The real-life version of the crime that played out on the casino’s
security cameras last month was as daring as anything dreamed up by
Hollywood. But it would have made for a poor movie, as it was neither
sexy nor sophisticated. And it presented little physical risk to the
thief inside the Bellagio — one of many major casinos that tell unarmed
security staff to stand down during armed robberies to avoid violence in
a crowd.

To casino security experts, it also shows how casinos are vulnerable to
theft at a time when other gambling crimes are rising in the poor

Layoffs have affected many departments of the big casinos, including
security and surveillance. Less security, experts say, may have
motivated the Dec. 14 incident when an armed thief grabbed about $1.5
million in chips off a craps game in the predawn hours and got away on a
motorcycle parked just outside. Moreover, Nevada law doesn’t require a
guard by each entrance as they are in many other states or countries
with casinos that refuse entrance to children and, in some cases, check


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