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Will a mega casino cause a higher crime rate?

Yes.  Studies show that of all forms of gambling, casinos have the greatest potential to increase crime.

Fraud – Money Laundering - Bad Cheques – Bad Loans -  Theft and Cheating at Play

Furthermore, since subsidized alcohol is provided, studies have shown an increase in alcohol related offences (driving while intoxicated).

The necessary increase in policing will further strain the already cash strapped Toronto budget.

Data also shows that despite crime-mitigating efforts when a casino first opens, crime does increase over time.(17)

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