Crime did not increase downtown Springfield after MGM casino opened, study finds

Crime did not increase downtown Springfield after MGM casino opened, study finds


THINGS ARE LOOKING MAINLY DRY BUT THERE COULD BE A FEW SHOWERS SATURDAY NIGHT INTO SUNDAY MORNING. CIARA: NOW TO OUR OTHER TOP STORY.. CRIME DID NOT INCREASE IN DOWNTOWN SPRINGFIELD AFTER THE OPENING OF THE MGM CASINO. CIARA: 22NEWS REPORTER HAYLEY CROMBLEHOLME EXPLAINS THE TRENDS FOUND IN A CRIME ANALYSIS. HAYLEY: THE STATE GAMING COMMISSION MET IN SPRINGFIELD TODAY. THEIR CRIME ANALYSIS STUDY FOUND THAT MGM WAS THE REGION’S TOP LOCATION FOR POLICE CALLS, BUT THERE WAS MINIMAL OVERALL IMPACT ON CRIME. CASINO NOISE POLICE RESPONDED TO CLOSE TO 900 CALLS IN THE FIRST FOUR FULL MONTHSAFTER MGM SPRINGFIELD OPENED, MAKING IT THE TOP LOCATION IN THE REGION FOR CALLS, ARRESTS, AND CRIME REPORTS. BUT- THAT’S JUST UNDER 2- PERCENT OF THE CITY’S OVERALL CRIME. THE MASSACHUSETTS GAMING COMMISSION’S CRIME ANALYSIS FOUND MGM’S IMPACT ON TOTAL CRIME TRENDS WAS “BARELY PERCEPTIBLE. A WOMAN WHO MOVED HERE LAST YEAR SAID THE CITY WAS SAFER THAN WHAT SHE’D HEARD. “THAT IT WASN’T VERY GOOD, THE CRIME RATE WAS INSANELY HIGH, AND THAT IT WAS KIND OF DANGEROUS. I WAS A LITTLE WORRIED TO COME OUT HERE. IT’S NOT BAD ACTUALLY. I KIND OF LIKE IT A LOT” THE ANALYSIS FOUND THAT CRIME IN METRO CENTER DID NOT INCREASE AFTER THE CASINO OPENED. THE EXCEPTION BEING UNION STATION, WHICH SAW A 62% INCREASE IN THEIR AVERAGE CRIMES OF FIGHTS, THEFTS AND DISORDERLY CONDUCT, BUT THERE WERE ALSO MORE PEOPLE PASSING THROUGH. THE STUDY FOUND AN INCREASE IN CRASHES DIRECTLY SURROUNDING THE CASINO. BUT WITH THOUSANDS OF VISITORS EVERY DAY, AN INCREASE WASN’T UNEXPECTED “BUSY NOW, A LOT BUSIER THAN BEFORE. BEFORE IT WAS DEAD, NOW IT’S PICKING UP REALLY GOOD. WE GOT MORE CARS AROUND HERE” THE MGC’S ANALYST COLLECTED DATA ON 11 PARTICPATING COMMUNITIES. THEY WERE UNABLE SHOW A CONCRETE CONNECTION BETWEEN THE THOSE CRIMES AND THE CASINO OPENING. REPORTER: IT’S IMPORTANT TO POINT OUT THAT THIS WAS A VERY SHORT TERM TIME SAMPLE MOF FOUR MONTHS. THE ANALYST PLANS TO COMPARE CRIME RATES IN SPRINGFIELD TO CASINO COMMUNITIES IN OTHER STATES. IN SPRINGFIELD HC 22NEWS. CIARA: ALSO TODAY, THE STATE GAMING COMMISSION ISSUED A SIX-FIGURE FINE AGAINST MGM SPRINGFIELD FOR MULTIPLE UNDERAGE VIOLATIONS. IN THE CASINO’S FIRST TWO MONTHS OF OPENING, THE THE M-G-C FOUND MORE THAN 20 INCIDENTS OF UNDERAGE PEOPLE ON THE CASINO FLOOR. MGM SPRINGFIELD HAS TO PAY A 100- THOUSAND DOLLAR PENALTY. MGM AGREED TO THE FINE TODAY, WAVING ITS RIGHT TO A HEARING. THE CASINO HAS PUT NEW MEASURES IN PLACE TO CRACK DOWN ON UNDERAGE GAMBLING AND PROHIBITING MINORS FROM THE GAMING FLOOR.

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