Laughlin Nevada Tourist Safety Tips
The following SAFETY TIPS are provided for you as reminders to
make your stay in the Laughlin and Las Vegas areas a safe and memorable one.
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1) When your luggage is in your possession, treat it as if it were
GOLD. Never leave these items unattended.
2) Carry travelers checks, instead of large amounts of cash.
Only carry what you will need for the day (or evening). Leave all
your valuables, such as credit cards, jewelry or airline tickets, in
the room safe. Write down your traveler check and credit card
numbers and place this information in your room safe.
3) Be alert. If you are in a crowded area, carry your purse (wallet) close
to you and keep a firm grip on it. Do not leave purses (handbags or
cameras) on the back of chairs, under tables or restroom hooks.
4) Keep track of your hotel key. You may want to return your key
to the front desk while you are out. Close you hotel room securely,
even if you are going for ice. Ask a security officer to escort you
to your room if you have lost your key.
5) Use automatic teller machines in well-lighted areas of the
hotel you are staying in. Walk in pairs or groups whenever possible.
6) Make sure your family or friends have contact numbers for you
while you are in the Las Vegas area. Keep in touch with them and
tell them where you are going.
7) Look for the VIVA patrol if you need directions or other
assistance. The VIVA Patrol (Visitor Information, Visitor Assistance)
is part of the LVMPD's volunteer program. VIVA members wear bright
yellow shirts with the VIVA logo as well as caps and can be found
walking in pairs along the Strip, Fremont Street and McCarran
8) Stay alert and trust your instincts. If you see suspicious
people loitering near your hotel room or auto mobile do not approach
or confront them . Report any suspicious activity to the hotel, a
police officer, a security officer, or hotel staff member
9) In crowded areas or in situations where crowds are expected
(such as show lines, buffet area, bus stop, baggage carousel etc.)
be aware of your valuables. Keep your purse or luggage close to your
body. In situations as these, it may be wise to carry any monies in
your front pocket or use a secured "fanny pack."
10) If you are vacationing with young children, the same rules
apply. Instruct them to never talk to strangers or open doors
without first knowing who it is. Make sure they know the name of the
hotel, the phone and room number. The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police
Department does use a 9-1-1 system so be sure your children are
familiar with it in case they become lost or separated.
11) Three Card Monte, a game played with cards on the street or
sidewalks (shell game) is a losers game. YOU WILL NOT WIN. The
persons are in essence stealing your money. There are "shills"
(persons who appear to be playing and winning at the game are
actually involved in the scam) who will entice you to play because
they win so easily. Remember, they are in on the scam. If you play,
you will become a victim and because it is illegal you may get
LVMPD Non-Emergency Police Service (702) 229-3111
Tourist Safety Unit (702) 229-3204
Laughlin Visitors: If you need assistance
from LVMPD or 9-1-1 be sure to state that you are in Laughlin.
IDENTIFY THE POLICE
The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department squad cars are painted
black and white and have decals that identify them as "Police"
The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department SUV's are painted black
and white and have decals that identify them as "Police" vehicles.
The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department summer uniform features
a short-sleeved khaki-colored shirt and pants. The winter uniform
features a long-sleeved dark green shirt with a turtleneck and
khaki-colored pants. Officers also may work in plainclothes but they
are required to carry their department badge for identification.
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