Security and safety under the spotlight

Asia’s casinos are likely to face higher costs as they improve security in the wake of the attack on Resorts World Manila in June. The assault by lone gunman, Jessie Carlos, which resulted in the deaths of thirty eight people including the gunman, has placed casino security across the world in the spotlight. Regulators and authorities are almost universally making demands of operators to strengthen security and increase cooperation with law enforcement. The tragic fact is that no level of security can prevent the actions of armed attackers, but the casualties in this case were not caused by the direct actions of the shooter but by smoke inhalation as a result of his setting fire to gaming tables. As such, Resorts World is facing criticism, investigation and allegations of inadequate security and safety planning at all levels. This is a natural reaction to such a tragedy and subsequent hearings have revealed missteps...

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