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Assessing the Influence of Gambling on Public Safety in Massachusetts Cities and Towns: Analysis of changes in police data following 18 months of activity at MGM Springfield

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  • Prepared By: Christopher W. Bruce
  • Release Date: March 25, 2021
Summary

This report covers changes in crime statistics for the surrounding cities and towns during the 18 months after the opening of the casino, with a particular focus on the six months between September 2019 and February 2020 (the first 12 months were covered in a previous report). The report shows that only a few crimes increased in surrounding agencies during this period. While some of these increases have possible links to MGM Springfield, there is no general consistency across the surrounding agencies and very little definitive proof of a casino connection among specific offenders.

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