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Police on the bridges!

Last edit: jimmybond on Monday, 28th July 2014 5:26 pm
Last response by vespajet 2nd August 7:29am

Finally the police presence is going to try and tackle the sketchy bridge crossings. has anyone seen them yet?

"Just a month ago, Ballard said, Metro started posting officers on the pedestrian overpasses that crisscross the Strip, as the foot bridges act as chokepoints for petty thieves who prey on tourists.

“It’s proven to be very successful,” he said.

Deputy Chief Tom Roberts, who oversees all eight of Metro’s area commands, said he expects more foot patrols in the coming months."

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 Skywise responded on Monday, 28th July 2014

"Gillespie also noted that SLS, the former Sahara, is about to open, and across the street, MGM Resorts plans to develop 33 acres into the City of Rock, an open-air concert venue capable of accommodating 80,000 people."

O-ho and what is this? At first I thought they were talking about the arena at NYNY but it's certainly not that.

 anawas responded on Monday, 28th July 2014

With police added to The Strip's pedestrian bridges, I'm sad that I won't get to hear as many talented musicians perform their concertos. Nor will I be exposed to as diverse of a range of vibrant sights and scents.. Also, I will have to try and search out a drug store somewhere just to pay $1.08 for water.

 levans responded on Wednesday, 30th July 2014

This had to happen at some point. Too many sketchy looking folk hanging on the bridges means people decide not to cross on them. The bridges are hard enough to walk across with just wanderers so less water sellers the better.

 LeoNYC responded on Wednesday, 30th July 2014

Crack down on those wanna-be-artists that stay in front of the Bellagio fountains. There is nothing special on wearing an old, worn spider man costume or breakdancing like we were still in the 80's.

 pkluvsvegas responded on Wednesday, 30th July 2014

It's about time. The bridges are becoming ghettos. Aside from the police presence the casinos they connect to should also be responsible for providing security on them. For example the bridge between MGM and NYNY. You would think that MGM Resorts Intl would want their patrons to have a pleasant experience walking between their two properties. I don't think it would cost them that much to put a guard out there 24/7.

 slade responded on Wednesday, 30th July 2014

"The bridges are becoming ghettos.."

That's an interesting choice of words; would you liken the bridges to the pogroms of 19th and 20th century Europe which were later referred to as ghettos? Is this a reference to a modern day "ghetto"? How can a bridge be a ghetto?

 jinx73 responded on Wednesday, 30th July 2014

It only took them 3-4 years to realize this was a potential problem, I'm pretty sure we discussed it here that it was an issue about that time.

 adztheman responded on Wednesday, 30th July 2014

Either you were not using the bridges or you pretended not to notice...the Bridge from NYNY to MGM Grand was getting ridiculous in terms of people on both sides who did not need to be there...same for the bridge from TI to Fashion Show Mall.

Don't mind the guys selling least they provided something useful...but if you got preggers...there are ways to prevent that that you can find at any drugstore prior to you deciding to create a life form that did not need to happen...

 levans responded on Friday, 1st August 2014

jinx is right. this should have been nipped in the bud a long time ago. the bridges are there to get you from point a to point b and at times it's like trying to make it thru Mad Max at Thunderdome

 vespajet responded on Saturday, 2nd August 2014

I first started to notice them in 2011, as that was the first trip in several years in which I spent a decent amount of time on The Strip (For a few years there, I would hit the Strip for a few hours and head back to Downtown and rarely used the pedestrian bridges.). The bridges at the corner of Tropicana and LVB have been pretty bad the last few years as had the one between Bally's and Bill's/Cromwell (When Bill's was being turned into The Cromwell, the Bally's to Bellagio bridge started getting bad.).

Many of these folks on the bridges positioned themselves in spots where I guess the security staff of the resorts had no jurisdiction (They always seem to be in the middle of the bridges.) and Metro rarely ventured.

Many of the bridges were like flea markets as you had folks selling sunglasses, jewelry, CDs, and other items in clear violation of the law. They've tried to use the "donation" angle as a loophole, but considering how coordinated the operations of these water sellers are (I've seen crews replenishing the coolers with water and ice and they've got "supervisors" with radios much like the pornslappers do.). One trip, there was a guy on the bridge between Bally's and Bill's that was selling used sunglasses, presumably acquired in a shady manner. I see some of these sellers and think of the opening scene of "Lock, Stock And Two Smoking Barrels":