Crime and Casino
There is a lot of misinformation out there about crime and casinos. The facts are that study after study has shown no link between the two. Elk Grove Police Chief Bryan Noblett came to the same conclusion. And it’s why the Elk Grove Police Officers Assn. supports the Wilton Rancheria project. You can read their letter here.
For more information, see these studies by respected experts:
- An independent study of 100 communities across the United States with Indian casinos found:
- No evidence of harmful impact
- Crime rates actually fall when Indian casinos are introduced into non-Indian communities.
- Motor vehicle theft fell by 49% and robberies by 39%.
- A recent yearlong study in Massachusetts found no significant link between the presence of a casino and certain crime rates.
- And a study by Drexel University and Temple University criminologists examined 96 months of crime data in Philadelphia after a casino opened and found “no evidence” of “a significantly detrimental effect on the immediate neighborhood in terms of violent street felonies, vehicle crime, residential burglary or drug crimes.”