Report Shows Higher Crime Rates
in Casino Counties

Casino Watch Newsletter, September/October 1999

Overshadowed by the release of the National Gambling Impact Study, a new report by Georgia economics Professor David B. Mustard and Illinois economics Professor Earl L. Grinols demonstrates that counties with casinos have a crime rate 8 percent higher on average than counties without casinos. The cost of casino related crime according to the report has jumped from $1.10 or less per adult before 1984 to at least $61 today. An earlier study by Dr. Henry Lesuier reported that over 40 percent of Gamblers Anonymous members surveyed stated that they had committed some crime to support their gambling habit.