New casino creates safety challenge in Cleveland

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CLEVELAND (AP) -- Police are trying to discourage loitering in Cleveland's Public Square ahead of the opening of the downtown casino next week.

The opening will create new security challenges as thousands of casino visitors cross paths with public transit riders using a busy terminal nearby. Also in the mix will be panhandlers and homeless people who frequent Public Square.

The Plain Dealer (http://bit.ly/Kyxtwx ) reports police are trying to balance the need for visitors' safety while respecting the rights of other Public Square users.

A spokesman says beefed-up police patrols will get extra help from the sheriff's office, which patrols downtown continuously and will add several deputies on bicycles during some peak casino hours.

The casino itself will be monitored by 13 armed agents and 100 unarmed security guards working in shifts.

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Information from: The Plain Dealer, http://www.cleveland.com