Crown Casino Hits Back After Police Report Details 3,125 Offences Over 3 Years

Melbourne’s Crown Casino has hit back at a 2007 police report obtained under the freedom of information laws, which has detailed a plethora of crimes committed at the casino during a three year period. Gary O’Neil, a Crown Casino spokesman said:”We are a casino. We are not the Star of the Sea convent. Things do go on. But we meet our obligations and our responsibilities in those areas.”
The October 2007 report, which came to light during Crown Casino’s licence review, details 3,125 offences committed at the Melbourne casino between 2003 and 2006 including 445 assaults, 2 kidnappings, 8 sex offences, 334 thefts from vehicles, and 32 offences involving weapons.
Despite there being no arrests for prostitution at the casino, the police report notes that “it is reasonable to speculate that escort agency females frequent hotel rooms and accompany persons on to the gaming floor, however, provided these are registered persons no offence is committed.”
InterChurch Gambling Taskforce spokesman Mark Zirnsak commented that the report, “confirms the taskforce’s view that casinos are always going to be magnets for criminal activities,” but, whilst acknowledging the point, Gary O’Neill countered the argument by highlighting that the casino received 45 million visitors during the time in question which inevitably would create opportunities for criminal elements.
The Victorian Commission for Gambling Regulation (VCGR) would seem to agree with Mr O’Neill and has determined that the casino was a sufficiently well-regulated operation to continue to hold the licence. In addition, laws are widely expected to be passed this week permitting an expansion of the Crown Casino’s gambling operation.
“I might say that I believe this casino is probably the best managed and the best regulated of any casino that I’ve experienced anywhere in the world,”Gary O’Neil concluded.

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