There has been a dramatic rise in the number of alcohol-related assaults occurring at the Star casino in Sydney since the introduction of the controversial lockout regulations by the government of New South Wales.
The NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research did a study of the police statistics to reveal that non-domestic, alcohol-fuelled assaults have increased by over 88.3% (year-over-year) in Pyrmont between April 2014 and March 2015.
Increase in casino assault cases
Bocsar reports that the jump is primarily because of a rise in the incidents of assaults taking place at the famous Star Casino. A total of 20 assaults were recorded for the 12 months starting April 2013 and ending March 2014. The number of assaults between April 2014 and March 2015 were 74.
The Star is not within the elected lockout area and holds a 24-hour license. According to a spokesperson from the casino, the statistics failed to reveal the complete picture. He added that The Star received over 11,000,000 visitors each year on one site alone. This number is way more than other NSW venues. The spokesperson also said that they believed their guest safety record was quite strong.
Star Casino security
The Star is working in close collaboration with quite a few major stakeholders. These include the regulator at the casino with 24/7 representatives on the site, and the NSW police, which is present during key trading hours.
Bocsar had done an analysis of figures earlier (till September 2014) which showed a fall in the number of assaults occurring in the Sydney CBD and Kings Cross. It came to the conclusion that there was dislocation of such assaults to the other areas which were close to the elected lockout area. This included the Pyrmont area near the casino.