CMU Study Examines Crime Rate Impacts
A recently completed 10-year study by
The only offenses showing significant increases compared to the control counties were forgery and counterfeiting, which doubled in casino counties, and petty larceny, which increased slightly. The vice crimes often associated with casino communities improved, particularly prostitution, which decreased 66.7 percent in casino counties compared to an increase of 60.3 percent in the control counties.
"We had listened to the opposition efforts with an open mind, and they had all these horror stories, but they weren't telling me anything about
"I remember (former State Rep.) Bill Van Regenmorter bringing in this guy to talk about how some family member with a gambling problem took out a life insurance policy and killed her husband," said Orlowski. "