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VLV Countdown: Safety Tips

12:03 PMDollie DeVille


Vegas isn't called sin city for nothing. It's a seedy town, so you need to be cautious everywhere you go, even in the hotel at Viva Las Vegas. So, I thought I would pull together a few tips to help you stay safe over the weekend.

Tip #1: Don't carry all of your cash on you at one time. Don't carry it all in one place period. Put the amount you plan to spend while out, then keep some in your suitcase, and some a few other places too. Refill your cash when you go back to the room. Also keep a spare ID in your room. This way, if your purse gets stolen with your wallet, ID, and cards, you have money and ID somewhere else. The room will have a safe, but don't put all of your money in it and forget the combination. Duh!



Tip#2: Don't walk alone at night. This one is a no brainer. If you have seen Vegas at all, you know it's not a good idea. In fact, don't walk off the beaten path, even in a group. Stay on the well lit and often traveled strip, or inside the hotel.

Tip#3: Don't go into strangers’ hotel rooms. Again, seems like a no brainier, but a lot of people do it.

Tip #4: Try not to bump into, or crowd people. This one is hard because things can get really tightly packed at Viva Las Vegas. Most people are there to have a good time, but there seems to be some people that feel they have something to prove, and they are just waiting to start a fight. If you do bump into someone (its bound to happen), sincerely apologize immediately. If you spilled their drink, offer to buy them a new one, and help clean up the mess. If they still seem intent on starting a fight, be the bigger person and remove yourself from the situation as soon as possible. I find that this sort of stuff happens most down stairs in the 'Tough Guy Alley", where there are a lot of people that just came for the car show and don't have a wrist band. I have never seen any problems upstairs, so you are safe if you spend most of your time up there.

Tip #5: Avoid the "jacket crowds". I'm not really talking about the car clubs either. I don't want to stereotype, but you can tell when people look like they are up to no good. Most car clubs members are awesome people, so those are not the type of jacket crowds I am talking about now. The ones I am talking about here are really just gangs that use the fa├žade of a club. I could name names, but I will refrain because I don't want to end up on a hit list. If you have seen a special about them on CSNBC, then you know those are the ones to avoid like the plague. I hear that Viva is cracking down on this, and that these groups will have to remove their "colors" before entering the casino. Either way, keep yourself safe and be aware of your surroundings.

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4 comments

  1. Great tips, Dollie! Also, when it comes to cash and IDs, it is good to use the room safe in your hotel room. When setting the combination, use something easy to remember like a birth date, wedding date, or pet's birth date. As a former travel agent (10 years experience), safes are the best way to secure cash and valuables. Sadly, if cash is left out or is left in suitcases or drawers, sometimes cleaning people rummage through things and they will steal. I remember many clients complaining of this when they returning from their vacation.

    In addition, be careful when it comes to walking, especially on the Strip. I have seen a few people hit by cars there! Use the people bridges!

    Moreover, since Las Vegas allows open-carry alcohol, the level of intoxication really goes up. A few, like you said, may be spoiling for a fight due to lowered inhibitions.

    Again, this is a great post! I know many first-timers will find it super, super helpful!

    Hope to see your there!!

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  2. You are not wrong about tough guy alley (good name for it by the way) One year I thought some big bruiser was going to start a fight with me I am 5'1" and probably weighed about 120 pounds then and I really think this guy was going to try to start something with me. He had to have been twice my size I was wondering how fast security would be if there was a problem.

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  3. Thanks for all these great tips.Last trip we did the strip during the day,my friend lives in vegas so she and her hubby gave me and my hubby a tour and all.and at night we went and did the venues inside.Not sure what we have planned yet this time.We kept our money in the safe.I agree safest place.though we did forget our combo once.lol.

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  4. Fantastic tips, thanks. :)

    XoX Sandy

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