LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - AUGUST 28: (EDITORS NOTE: This image was shot with a fisheye lens.) Guests walk in front of MGM Grand Hotel & Casino on the Las Vegas Strip amid the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) on August 28, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. MGM Resorts International will lay off 18,000 furloughed employees in the United States on Monday as the resort industry struggles to recover from the pandemic. The move was necessary since federal law requires companies to lay off furloughed workers after six months. Before hotel-casinos shut down in March, the company had 68,000 employees nationwide, including 52,000 in Las Vegas. MGM Resorts said laid-off employees could be brought back as business demand returns. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department said it’s seeing success in combating recent crime on The Strip. Police Captain Dori Koren told the Clark County Board of Commissioners at its meeting Tuesday much of the recent violence on the Strip has involved out of state visitors, including gang members. Koren didn’t have the exact numbers of how many of the arrests were people from out of state but said most were not locals. Koren said the Convention Center Area, which includes The Strip, has seen an uptick this year in violent crimes, specifically aggravated assaults. In order to combat this, LVMPD increased officer presence on the Strip two weeks ago with its “Operation Persistent Pressure” – to help keep tourists and businesses safe. Koren said in the last two months, almost 1,500 people have been arrested in the Convention Center Area alone. He said there were over 300 arrests last month and 25 illegal guns were confiscated in that area over the last almost three weeks. He believes their work is paying off. “We’ve brought down rapes another 22%. We’ve brought down robberies another 30% and then the category where we are having the problem which is aggravated assaults, we’ve brought down 33% over the last 28 days compared to the prior 28 days. It’s not enough, but it is trending in the right direction,” Koren said. He said keeping the Strip safe is a top priority, and Metro promises it will hunt down out state visitors who commit crimes.