Authorities meet with Macau’s concessionaires to review casino security measures

Macau’s Gaming Inspection and Coordination Bureau has revealed it met with representatives of the city’s six casino concessionaires earlier this week to review measures for preventing and combating emergency situations.

The meeting, also attended by the Public Security Police Force and Fire Services Bureau, included an exchange of views on procedures to combat emerging crimes, review the effectiveness of existing anti-crime measures to “jointly improve the security environment of casino” and fire safety measures to enhance the ability of operators to respond to sudden fire incidents.

The meeting follows the introduction of multiple enhancements to Macau’s casino security procedures two years ago in the wake of tragic shootings at both Resorts World Manila in the Philippines and Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas in 2017. New requirements introduced by the DICJ in October 2017 included permanent metal detectors, a special ops team, increased crisis training of staff and the banning of large bags from gaming floors.

This week’s meeting addressed many of those requirements, with operators told to regularly review the effectiveness of its metal detectors and the professional conduct of its employees, the DICJ said.

The “major companies indicated that they would actively cooperate with the DICJ and the police,” it explained.

“In the future, the DICJ will continue to play a coordinating and communicating role, working closely with the security sector and [casino operators] to jointly maintain a good public security environment inside and outside the casino.”

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