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New online survey puts focus on improving safety in downtown area

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Updated: 8/15/2013 10:53 pm
LAS VEGAS (KSNV & MyNews3) -- Do you feel safe when walking around or driving through downtown Las Vegas?

It's a serious question that city leaders want you to answer.

Police recently distributed a surveillance video of a shooting in June that took place right in the middle of the Fremont Street Experience. Our Crime Tracker 3 team showed this a few days ago.

Keeping people safe downtown is a top priority for the city of Las VegaS and city leaders are asking for feedback.

They just opened up a survey you can take online about where you think downtown Las Vegas can improve. A lot of the old casinos downtown have seen that area evolve.

Thursday was the 62nd anniversary of the Binion's Casino Downtown.

The general manager says he's excited for what's happening downtown but that growth comes with some challenges.

It's been the home of the million dollar display for decades.

Binions was first opened up as the horseshoe club August 15, 1951.

The latest owners, TLC Casino Enterprises, took over five years ago.

In that short time, General Manager Tim Lager says he's seen downtown Las Vegas revived.

“It’s putting a spotlight on us and people are starting to come down and check it out and remember what it was before and what it is now. I think it’s just building and building with more popularity,” Lager said.

More popularity means they have to be extra vigilant to make sure people feel comfortable.

“Whenever we see anything happening we try to get on it right away,” Lager said.

“It’s busy every single night of the week and with that comes some challenges,” said Karen Coyne, the public safety chief for the city of Las Vegas.

They're in the middle of conducting a survey where you can talk about your experience downtown.

The top three issues so far are the need more security, more vigilance against underage drinking and figuring out how to help the homeless.

“The citizen feedback has just validated many of the things we’ve been aware of,” Coyne said.

Coyne says dealing with the homeless is tough but the city may consider redirecting outreach services to the downtown area.

“Connecting them with the appropriate services, whether it’s job training, whether it’s a place to stay for tonight and get back on track tomorrow,” Coyne said.

Karen Christensen is visiting from Utah and doesn't have any major complaints.

“I just wish we’d win more money,” Christensen said adding that she does feel like a target for vendors.

“I don’t like the part where they keep bugging us about going on tours. I like to come and play I don’t want to be leaving and going elsewhere,” Christensen said.

City leaders also want people to stay and enjoy a downtown many believe is thriving.


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