While those who stand to gain from casinos such as BCLC and Casino owners, like to down play crime and their relationship to Casinos. They mention how good their security is within a Casino, but they forget to mention all the crime such as Loan-Sharking that happens in and out of a Casino as they turn the other eye. They also forget to tell you about the long-term impact of Casinos on Crime. Whether Casinos increase Crime is not a matter of opinion, there are well researched university papers which clearly show that crime increases the closer one lives to a Casino. As Casinos take money from the community, those addicted to gambling get more and more desperate to make up for their losses. It creates a vicious cycle that Casinos rely on for their profits. The people who run Gambler’s Anonymous say that about 90% of Gambler’s Anonymous members report that they have resorted to some form of crime to support their Gambling habit. We also have 20 year long studies which compared 3000 side-by-side communities, and those that have Casinos show a significant increase in crime over time. Check out the picture here .
Read individual stories of gambling addiction and how it leads to crime in this Globe and Mail article: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/british-columbia/bc-crimes-linked-to-gambling-addiction/article9333715/