but the argument is that a casino is a hotspot for drug trafficking and prostitution, neither of which are in that report.
it merely reports on: larcenies, burglaries, auto thefts, rapes, robberies, and aggravated assaults. but the same results can be found in most places that serve alcohol, like nightclubs, bars, sports stadiums, amusement parks, etc. Also, you are basically creating a gathering space for people that would not normally be in that area, creating an increase in temporary population (ones that don't live there, but come to visit/shop/gamble/ whatever), will create an increase in crime, because the people committing the crimes know it's a place to go to find victims. and it makes it appears that the crimes per capita goes up, because they only compare it against the permanent population, they don't take into account the giant leap in population coming in from outside their population zone.
the study is flawed because it doesn't compare it against other population gathering institutions or alcohol serving institutions. it just says that you add a casino and crime goes up, but you add population in general and crime goes up, and it doesn't take into account the increase in temporary population.
Edited by avelanch, 12 July 2012 - 11:30 AM.