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Old 12-13-2010, 12:57 AM
 
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Hi everyone.
I'll get right to it: I'm moving to LV and thinking of going to a casino dealing school just off the Strip. Looking at a map, it looks like it's walking distance from the Sahara monorail stop.

But every user review/comment I've seen re: the school and the surrounding area somehow manages to mention bulletholes, robbery, and prostitution. (FWIW, the latter doesn't bother me.)

That said, some of the comments are dated from a few years ago. One tip I've read said something along the lines of, "As long as you're not a young single lady, you should be fine."

The problem is that I AM a young single lady -- and unfortunately, one without a car.

Anyone familiar with the safety/crime situation in this neighborhood? Has it gotten worse given the ****ty economic situation in the city? Is it a ridiculous plan to take taxis to and from the school, given the short walking distance?

(I know that wasn't exactly getting to the point as promised.) TIA.
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Old 12-13-2010, 01:16 AM
 
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Not sure the responses.

But the 'prostitution' part, that you said doesn't bother you.

The problem is that you will get guys ASSUMING you are a prostitute as you walk home...and they'll be pulling over asking you.

My wife use to work on the strip, and lived over by Hard Rock Cafe. She did not like walking home there at all. People will try to 'pick you up' as you walk home. Not only that, but you also get a lot of guys 'down on their luck' or just lingering around the edges...and you gotta walk by them in some rather dim-lit streets.

I'm a guy, and got tired of walking by all of them. I use to walk up to get my wife after her work shift - this was all back before she was my wife, and she lived in Vegas for many years. I know the few times I couldn't get her, and no one could give her a ride...she always had a story. Generally guys slowing down and trying to get her in the car, and following her down the street as she walked, types of stuff. A few of those stories, and I just made it a point to never have her walking down those streets by herself. You never know, with some of the drugs and alcohol people get on around the edges of the Strip - my perception anyways.

My suggestion is to get a car. I think her workplace had some shuttle bus service as well...can't remember. But there were ways around it. But walking off the strip never seemed like a 'walk in the park' after dark.

That being said, that was about 5 years ago. I doubt its changed, but my wife was the long-term local, and not me. So maybe someone else more qualified can give better suggestions/advice. But thought I'd add that from some direct experience as well.
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Old 12-13-2010, 01:27 AM
 
Location: Here and there, you decide.
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you're a bit late for a dealer job.
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Old 12-13-2010, 05:41 AM
 
Location: Beautiful Upstate NY!
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...maybe she should consider OK.
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Old 12-13-2010, 05:22 PM
 
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If it's daytime there should be no problem walking alone. Sahara is a very busy street so you'll feel safe. I wouldn't walk alone off the strip at night.
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Old 12-13-2010, 05:35 PM
 
Location: Las Vegas
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If it's daytime there should be no problem walking alone. Sahara is a very busy street so you'll feel safe. I wouldn't walk alone off the strip at night.
Good advice.


If you HAVE to walk in that area alone on a continual basis, go to the flea market and get yourself a little taser thingy and keep it in your hand, ready to use if walking alone when it's dark out behind the Sahara.
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Old 12-13-2010, 06:14 PM
 
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Hi everyone.
I'll get right to it: I'm moving to LV and thinking of going to a casino dealing school just off the Strip. Looking at a map, it looks like it's walking distance from the Sahara monorail stop.

But every user review/comment I've seen re: the school and the surrounding area somehow manages to mention bulletholes, robbery, and prostitution. (FWIW, the latter doesn't bother me.)

That said, some of the comments are dated from a few years ago. One tip I've read said something along the lines of, "As long as you're not a young single lady, you should be fine."

The problem is that I AM a young single lady -- and unfortunately, one without a car.

Anyone familiar with the safety/crime situation in this neighborhood? Has it gotten worse given the ****ty economic situation in the city? Is it a ridiculous plan to take taxis to and from the school, given the short walking distance?

(I know that wasn't exactly getting to the point as promised.) TIA.
I will get right to it. I am very, very famliar with the streets of Vegas and under no circumstances would I allow my spouse or daughter walk any street, after dark.......

Back in the late 80's we saw an increase of young, punks committing the crime of "wilding". Look the term up, however it is basically a senseless crime wherein innocent victims, usually walking or waiting for transportion (bus stops) being assaulted, with no real reason....other than for the thrill of it all !!!!!!!!!!

I state no reason, because the motivation was strictly for the "thrill" of beating an innocent stranger....robbery was rarely involved....and then seemed associated with gang activity.

In the past year, LV has experienced several incidents that would suggest this form of crime is again on the rise. Check the LVRJ archives to verify this statement.

If you compound the current economic crisis, potential motivation could be assumed to be expounded by this problem.

I have witnessed this senseless victimization in all parts of the valley....yes some areas may hold a greater risk than others, however there is no genuine "safe" area !

This could occur in any large city...Vegas does not have a corner on the market by any means....

Do your research....If you are coming here, thinking that going to a dealers school is an immediate path to employment....think again....there are many unemployed dealers at his time.

I'm not trying to discourage your decision.....only ask that you check it out first......good luck
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Old 12-13-2010, 08:01 PM
 
Location: NW Las Vegas - Lone Mountain
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I will get right to it. I am very, very famliar with the streets of Vegas and under no circumstances would I allow my spouse or daughter walk any street, after dark.......

Back in the late 80's we saw an increase of young, punks committing the crime of "wilding". Look the term up, however it is basically a senseless crime wherein innocent victims, usually walking or waiting for transportion (bus stops) being assaulted, with no real reason....other than for the thrill of it all !!!!!!!!!!

I state no reason, because the motivation was strictly for the "thrill" of beating an innocent stranger....robbery was rarely involved....and then seemed associated with gang activity.

In the past year, LV has experienced several incidents that would suggest this form of crime is again on the rise. Check the LVRJ archives to verify this statement.

If you compound the current economic crisis, potential motivation could be assumed to be expounded by this problem.

I have witnessed this senseless victimization in all parts of the valley....yes some areas may hold a greater risk than others, however there is no genuine "safe" area !

This could occur in any large city...Vegas does not have a corner on the market by any means....

Do your research....If you are coming here, thinking that going to a dealers school is an immediate path to employment....think again....there are many unemployed dealers at his time.

I'm not trying to discourage your decision.....only ask that you check it out first......good luck
Actually the probability of that kind of crime has dropped by well over a factor of two over the last thirty years. Yet you seem to imply it is worse today..

Kind of funny. Crime is down. Violence is down...yet we fear it far more than we did thirty years ago when it was far worse.

Has crime gotten worse or have we turned more paranoid?

If one of my daughters was going to do that I would likely suggest a suitable weapon to be readily available after dark. The Boy Scout Oath - Be Prepared.

But otherwise I would not worry a whole lot about it.
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Old 12-13-2010, 08:59 PM
 
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Hi everyone.
I'll get right to it: I'm moving to LV and thinking of going to a casino dealing school just off the Strip. Looking at a map, it looks like it's walking distance from the Sahara monorail stop.

But every user review/comment I've seen re: the school and the surrounding area somehow manages to mention bulletholes, robbery, and prostitution. (FWIW, the latter doesn't bother me.)

That said, some of the comments are dated from a few years ago. One tip I've read said something along the lines of, "As long as you're not a young single lady, you should be fine."

The problem is that I AM a young single lady -- and unfortunately, one without a car.

Anyone familiar with the safety/crime situation in this neighborhood? Has it gotten worse given the ****ty economic situation in the city? Is it a ridiculous plan to take taxis to and from the school, given the short walking distance?

(I know that wasn't exactly getting to the point as promised.) TIA.
Sounds like you're possibly going to Nick Kassos' school off Karen Avenue, if that's correct then for the most part the area is OK. However, it's not guaranteed as you just don't know who you will run into, if you can stay in a group the chances of being a victim will drop.

If my guess is correct about going to Nick's school, the area where the school is located is the most to be concerned with as the school is in a strip shopping mall with 2 levels. More along the lines of drug activity versus shootings.
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Old 12-14-2010, 12:24 AM
 
Location: The North
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Actually the probability of that kind of crime has dropped by well over a factor of two over the last thirty years. Yet you seem to imply it is worse today..

Kind of funny. Crime is down. Violence is down...yet we fear it far more than we did thirty years ago when it was far worse.

Has crime gotten worse or have we turned more paranoid?

If one of my daughters was going to do that I would likely suggest a suitable weapon to be readily available after dark. The Boy Scout Oath - Be Prepared.

But otherwise I would not worry a whole lot about it.
Simple answer: local news is out of control. Same thing everywhere, can't believe they get good ratings being outright depressing about everything they can think about reporting on.
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