8 Simple Tips for Guarding Your Safety in Vegas

I take safety issues very seriously as a solo female traveler to Las Vegas. There are several things travelers should be mindful of or risk having their vacations ruined by an unpleasant event.

1. Keep to the well-lit, heavily populated areas. I have heard stories of women walking alone from mid-Strip to downtown. Not something I would recommend unless you have a death wish. Even a burly man might run into trouble on that walk, so play it safe, take a bus or a cab.

2. Invest in a money belt or some other article of clothing to keep your money close to your body and out of sight. I only bring one day’s money with me and leave the rest at the hotel in the safe. I keep the bulk of my daily allowance is hidden away and a small amount in my purse for meals and tips.

3. Wear a cross-body purse or a fanny pack if that is your style. I used to shove everything I needed for the day in my bra, but apparently that is frowned on, so now I use a crossbody. They are safer because they are attached to your body. There is no danger of setting it down somewhere and walking away in a brain addled fog. Also, you cannot fall prey to the “distraction game” where one thief will cause a commotion behind you, and another one will abscond with your purse. I guess it could happen, but you would be strangled in the process. Men should keep their wallets in a front pants pocket.


4. Pack several small flashlights, so you are prepared in the event of a power outage.

5. Beware of drinking too much and/or exhaustion. It is amazing the stupid things one can do when those two scenarios are combined. Vegas is a very tiring place. Go to bed when you hit a wall. I swear the machines will still be there in the morning. If you are going to enjoy a few cocktails, especially if you are a woman traveling alone, I suggest being in or very close to your home hotel; that way you won’t have far to stagger when your bed beckons. Just kidding. But seriously, I would warn against over imbibing in general. You need to keep your wits about you at all times, plus you don’t want to waste valuable Vegas time studying the inner workings of the toilet.


6. Beware of con artists and their endless sob stories. If someone sits down next to you at a slot and starts a long, involved tale of how just a few dollars from you would buy their bus ticket home or something similar, you can ask them nicely to leave you alone. If that fails, turning on your CALL ATTENDANT light on your machine is usually enough to send them scurrying. Or, you could donate to their cause; your call.

7. Be aware if dressed provocatively. Dressing provocatively will draw a lot of attention, some positive, and some negative. While you may get the attention from those you’d like, you may also get attention from those you don’t.

8. Ask for help if you feel unsafe. Asking for help is a struggle for me. I try never to bother anyone, and I hate making a fuss, but if someone is hanging around and making you nervous, ask a security guard to walk you to your room. Don’t like the looks of the people getting onto the elevator with you? Act like you forgot something and walk away. Listen to your instincts.

Like any big city, Las Vegas is perfectly safe if you use common sense.

[Images: Michael Movestro]

About the Author

Bonnie, aka Blonde4ever, is the admin of one of our favorite Vegas forums: LasVegas4ever. She covers a large spectrum of topics from her personal experiences in Las Vegas.

16 Comments on "8 Simple Tips for Guarding Your Safety in Vegas"

  1. Donna McNamara | March 21, 2016 at 8:18 am |

    Good advice!

  2. On our first trip to Vegas back in 2006, my wife and I made the mistake of heading off strip to the Rio at night. I noticed a guy cross the road to walk behind us and despite it being pretty warm, he had his hood up and a scarf across his face. I told my wife to cross to the other side of the road where the guy came from. He then crossed too. Obviously this confirmed my suspicions that all wasn’t well as he had crossed twice and was back on the side where he started! Luckily, we were near the entrance to Caesars so we jumped in there while the guy disappeared between parked cars. A lucky escape I think! We didn’t bother with Rio after that.

  3. Scary! You need to take the free shuttle from Harrah’s to the Rio if you try to go again.

  4. That is a crazy long walk to downtown. I live in NYC and even know better than that. I wouldn’t even walk that at night with my hubby. Daytime maybe. Love crossbodies as they leave your hands free. Never felt safe using a room save even with a do not disturb tag on. Come to think of it I don’t bring much cash with me. I just get as much cash back as I can at Walgreens.

  5. Great tip about getting cashback from the drugstores. I always forget I can do that!

  6. I bring a rubber door-stop for the hotel room…beats dragging a heavy chair across the room!

  7. More a solo trip safety tip, but I never let anyone know I am traveling alone. If I get into a conversation with a “friendly” stranger my husband is always either up in the room or at the blackjack table…..even though he is really 3,000 miles away.

  8. For sure…that is great one!

  9. If you are in in a hallway in any hotel and someone attacks/harasses you, do not yell for help, YELL fire.

  10. Good tips.

    My flashlight is my cell phone. I carry a portable charger in the event there’s a long power outage.

    Too bad fanny packs wouldn’t come back into fashion. They feel much safer. Can’t believe I wished for this. Guess I’ll stick with the cross body bag.

  11. For guys, I suggest a money clip instead of a bulky wallet. The first thing I do when I get to my room is take my license, one credit card, my room key and whatever cash I want to bring and put it in the money clip. It fits much easier in the front pocket and it’s pretty easy to discreetly take it out and get cash as needed. Low denominations on the outside so tips are handy and nobody can tell if you have 20 ones or 1 one and nineteen hundreds.

  12. And for the fellas…

    Bringing one of the ladies of the evening back to your hotel room is never a good idea. (Google “Las Vegas trick roll”).

  13. Thanks for all the additional tips!

  14. Mona Aakre | March 23, 2016 at 7:00 am |

    Men, if you are using money clips and adding your license, credit cards, anything with a magnetic strip, make sure your money clip does not have magnets, it will wipe out the strip on your cards.

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