Solo Safety

   
Fremont Street

Fremont Street

One of the solo traveler’s top concerns is safety.  Las Vegas is generally a very safe place as long as you stay in well-traveled tourist areas and use common sense.  Las Vegas casinos have security cameras in public areas and there is a strong police and security presence in heavily-trafficked tourist areas. Below is my best safety advice for the solo traveler in Las Vegas.

  • Stay in well-lit, well-traveled tourist areas, like the Strip and Fremont Street.
  • Be aware of everyone around you at all times.
  • Do not go anywhere alone with someone you’ve just met–no matter how nice they seem.  Stay in public places.
  • Consider taking cabs, the bus, or the Strip monorail (assuming it’s still in operation) from one destination to the other at night.
  • Do not go into dark parking lots or parking garages by yourself (ask your hotel or casino security to escort you to your car).
  • If you feel uncomfortable going to your room by yourself, you can always ask a member of security to escort you to your room. Definitely do this if you have won a large sum of money in the casino.
  • Keep your valuables hidden and safe.Use a money belt or buttoned pockets or other hidden stash for your money and credit cards.
  • Only take what money you need for the day (including one credit card if necessary), and leave the rest in your room safe or safety deposit box at your hotel’s front desk.
  • Don’t carry a purse if you can avoid it.  Purse snatchers have nothing to snatch if you’re not carrying a purse.  If you need one to hold your makeup, hairbrush, etc., keep it slung across your body and clutched in front of you at all times. Never hang your purse on the back of your chair.
  • The free tourist shows on the Strip tend to draw thick crowds; keep an eye on anyone invading your personal space and keep a hand on your money, just in case they’re pickpockets.
  • Don’t overindulge in alcohol when traveling alone.
  • Always keep an eye on your drink so no one else has the opportunity to slip something unfriendly into it.
  • Try not to “dress like a target”. Leave the bling at home. Wear clothing you could run in if you had to.
  • If you’re gambling at a table game, keep one eye on your chips at all times.
  • Don’t walk away from your slot machine if you haven’t yet cashed out.  Thieves are experts at quickly cashing out for you, grabbing your ticket, and running.
  • Do not cross the street against the light OR jaywalk.  Pedestrians have been known to get run over in Las Vegas because they do this.  Even if everyone else is doing it, don’t follow their lead.  (Remember your mother’s advice:  Would you jump off a cliff just because everyone else was?) There are crosswalks and overhead pedestrian walkways to help you get from one side of Las Vegas Boulevard to the other. Use them.
  • If someone approaches you with a sob story about how they were mugged or gambled away all their money, and they need a few bucks to get home, don’t believe them.  It’s a common con in Vegas.
  • If you do find yourself in a mugging situation, let them have your valuables.  They aren’t worth your life, and you never know how dangerous that mugger could be.
  • For tips on how to avoid being longhauled (ripped off) by your taxi driver, see the Taxi section on the Private Transportation Page.

Remember my mantra:  Don’t be paranoid, just be prepared.