Gambling and hospitality giant Wynn Resorts’ Encore Boston harbor casino started welcoming guests in June earlier this year. A data-driven report suggests that there has been an increase in crime in Everett since the casino opened.
According to 5 Investigates analysis of data from the Massachusetts State Police Gaming Enforcement Unit and the Everett Police Department since the casino opened in June, the number of crimes has gone up.
The police data reveals that criminal activity is on the rise after 11 pm and police charging more people than usual between 2 a.m. and 4 a.m. The report also finds that over 160 people have been either arrested or summoned to court since the casino started welcoming guests in June.
There have been about 20 arrests on drug charges, including one case of trafficking crystal methamphetamine.
It should be noted that the majority of the police action takes place between 2 am and 4 am and Wynn’s Encore Boston Harbor Casino is privileged to serve alcoholic beverages to patrons until 4 am which would normally not be allowed beyond 2 am.
Earlier in May, even before the casino began operations, Massachusetts Gaming Commission voted 4 to 1 to allow Encore Boston Harbor Casino to serve alcoholic beverages until 4:00 AM.
Eileen O’Brien, who voted against, said that according to her the decision to allow the gambling venue to serve alcohol until 4 AM should have been decided after a few months after the operations would take off at the gambling venue.
At that point, she also reiterated the fact that her stand is the same as it was for MGM Resorts International, which was seeking similar permission.
In August, the Encore Boston Harbor Casino turned into a fighting ground and members of the Gaming Enforcement Unit, including state troopers and Everett police officers, were called in to quell the disturbances, the first of which began around 2 a.m.