Crime analyst and Gaming Commission consultant Christopher Bruce has proved, that there is “no significant causal relationship” between the increase in crime and the launching of the Plainridge Park Casino in Plainville, Massachusetts.
The scientists collected data on crimes committed in different cities in the state for the period from July 1, 2015 to June 30, 2016. Analysis of the data showed that the crime rate in the Plainridge Park Casino area is similar to the rates seen at non-gambling facilities such as entertainment complexes or shopping malls.
“It has produced some increases in traffic-related activity, the types of increases that you would expect with any major facility of that size and drawing that much traffic to the region, but there’s been no indication so far that it’s caused an increase in any crimes or other detrimental social harms in the area,” said Bruce.
Thus, the study showed that casinos are not in themselves the cause for the increase in crime and violence in the areas where they are located.