Although casino robberies are rare and mostly non-violent, victims are often oblivious that they have been a target until they reach for their valuables. Whether your day tripping or on an extensive stay to play your favorite games, it’s wise to know how to protect yourself while at a casino.Here are some tips:
After reaching your destination valet your vehicle. Most casinos offer this service for a small charge or free. It’s easy access to the front door and you won’t have to worry about walking through a dimly lit garage to the elevator. This service is well worth the charge.
At an Elevator
If someone makes you uncomfortable while waiting for an elevator do not get on with that person. Wait for the next car. Try to position yourself against the back wall. This will give you a clear view of everyone in the car and protect you against a Light Finger Louie.
In the Casino
GENTLEMEN: Guard your wallet and your cash. Try carrying your wallet and/or cash in a deep side pocket. If you must keep it in your back pocket make sure you button it. Try wrapping a rubber band around it. This will make it difficult to lift from your pocket.
LADIES: Keep you purse zipped, latched, or buttoned at all times. Do not carry it straight over the shoulder. Put the strap diagonally across your body if possible. Do not open or display the contents in front of a crowd and always secure it immediately after using. Never carry money or other valuables in fanny packs as the straps can easily be cut. Be aware of a Bump when walking through a crowd. Many pick pockets work in teams to create distractions. If you do get bumped immediately reach for your valuables to make sure they’re still there.
Never put a purse or other valuables on the ledge between slot machines. Someone could easily reach through from the other side to steal them. Keep your purse closed on your lap in front of you. Pay attention to the bill acceptor while putting your money in. Sometimes the machine will not accept the bill and it will slide out of the slot where it can be stolen at the slightest distraction. When cashing out keep your eye on the collect ticket slot. The tickets are about the size of a dollar bill and will protrude about two thirds of the way out until someone takes it.
When playing table games guard you casino chips as well, Especially if you play craps. Put a few one dollar chips on each end of your stack on the rail with the higher denominations in the middle.
- If you’re lucky and win a large amount of chips, have a security guard escort you to the cashier cage.
- Put your cash away at the cage. Do not carry it in your hand through the casino.
- If you’re staying overnight use the room safe or safety deposit box that most casinos provide.
- Carry emergency identification in a place other than your wallet or purse. A player’s card in a different pocket is a good idea.