Macau’s large casinos will stop conducting security exercises

At the beginning of the year, members of the various emergency services of Macau joined the nightly simulation of a state of emergency in the Galaxy Macau. The authorities organized exercises to test the ability of the public sector department and casino employees to coordinate major incidents.

“Given the current security situation, DICJ is not planning another training in the casino in the next few months on such a scale as it was in Galaxy Macau,” the regulator’s press service reported. “Nevertheless, DICJ will continue to pay close attention to casino security, and if there is a need for another joint simulation training, DICJ will actively participate in it and provide the necessary coordination and support.”

During the January exercises, an armed robbery was simulated in a public area, with four “criminals” attacking “passers-by” before escaping to the crowded hotel lobby. The cases of multiple injuries, the threat of an explosion, the hostage scenes and the confrontation between the police and the criminals were simulated.

During the training, DICJ tested the communications mechanism during emergencies, which was developed in June last year after the attack on the Resorts World Manila casino in the capital of the Philippines.

However, according to the risk assessment for 2018 from expert Steve Vickers and Associates Ltd, the casino industry of Macau remains “vulnerable to terrorist attacks, despite recent efforts to increase readiness.”

We will remind: the gambling regulator of Macau will forbid to workers of game halls to participate in games, besides work.

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