Parx Casino officials testify on kids left in cars

August 18, 2011 9:52:09 AM PDT
Top officials from Parx Casino in suburban Philadelphia say they've stepped up patrols of the parking lot to combat the problem of parents leaving children unattended in cars while they're gambling.

Parx Chief Executive Officer Leonard DeAngelo and Chief Counsel Thomas Bonner testified Thursday before the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board in Harrisburg.

Bonner says the casino, which is next to the Philadelphia Park racetrack in Bensalem, has added a second around-the-clock security patrol in the parking lot and a third vehicle during peak weekend periods. He says the number of security cameras in the 5,000-space lot has nearly doubled.

The officials say only three incidents have been reported this year, compared to nine in 2010. But some board members suggested that additional measures or tougher laws might be warranted.