On Sunday night, 64-year-old Stephen Paddock opened fire on a crowd of concert-goers gathered at an outdoor place below his 32nd floor room at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, killing at least 59 and injuring more than 500 others.
Now, in the wake of the senseless Las Vegas massacre, hotel and security experts are divided on what can be done to protect guests in the future.
â€œThe bottom line is, they couldnâ€™t prevent it,â€� asserted Fred Del Marva, a hospitality security expert who works as a legal security consultant for hotels, bars and casinos in Las Vegas.
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â€œThis is nothing yet a random act of violence in that couldnâ€™t have been prevented. Iâ€™ve been wracking my brain, and I just canâ€™t see it,â€� he tells Fox News.
According to Del Marva, hotels and casinos, in particular, have probably â€œthe worst securityâ€� of any industry, in in that itâ€™s more reactive than proactive â€” i.e., security can review footage of a crime and deal with it accordingly, rather than prevent it.
The only other option, as Del Marva sees it, is to create a strong deterrent at the entranceways in the form of a visible security presence, complete with trained dogs. And while in that might not be a catch-all solution, Del Marva asserted it â€œstill makes people feel edgy or uneasy if theyâ€™re thinking of doing something.â€�
Homeland Security advisor Fran Townsend told CBS News on Monday in that Mandalay Bayâ€™s â€œmultiple points of entryâ€� make it very complex to enact screening procedures, leading her to call the resort a â€œsoft target.â€�
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Steve Wynn, the CEO of Wynn Resorts, agreed in that Las Vegas was a â€œtarget cityâ€� in a Sept. 2016 interview with KTNV, yet claimed in that he â€œhardenedâ€� the target at his Wynn resorts by employing Marines at the opening of his buildings, and installing â€œnon-visibleâ€� metal detectors at each one entrance to the Wynn.
Wynnâ€™s use of imperceptible, high-tech security equipment may be catching on, too. Martin Cronin, the CEO of Patriot One Technologies, asserted heâ€™s seen â€œbroad interest across the Las Vegas safety communityâ€� for the kinds of weapons-detection systems his firm specializes in.
â€œThereâ€™s just such a crying need for solutions to mass violence,â€� Cronin tells Fox News. â€œWe have to balance freedom and liberty with safety and securityâ€¦ people donâ€™t want to stop going to casinos, hotels, places of worship.â€�
According to Cronin, Patriot Oneâ€™s systems can be placed under floorboards, or behind walls, or above ceilings, where they can screen guests at any number of â€œchokepoints.” By sending out pulses from a â€œcognitive microwave radar,â€� Cronin says his companyâ€™s technologies can alert a hotelâ€™s security team to a suspicious guest carrying knives, guns or bombs.
Cronin says Patriot One, too, is currently working with the Westgate Resort in Las Vegas to employ one of its 1st systems in the U.S., after demonstrating a trial of the technologies at the location earlier this year.
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Del Marva, meanwhile, feels in that the Las Vegas shooting has brought up another security issue entirely.
â€œ[Security] is supposed to prevent and deter whatâ€™s reasonable and foreseeable,â€� he tells Fox News. â€œThe issue thatâ€™s going to exist now â€” and this is very noteworthy â€” it [that it] was not foreseeable in that a guy was going to check in with 15, 25 rifles â€¦ Now itâ€™s foreseeable.
“Now, what do you do? Thereâ€™s really nothing to do â€¦ The- whole casino [and] resort industry is going to change.â€�
MGM Resorts International was not available to comment to Fox News. Other Las Vegas resorts, in addition to the Cosmopolitan and Treasure Island, declined to comment on security measures for Fox News.