LAS VEGAS (AP) — The Cosmopolitan hotel-casino in Las Vegas has implemented several new security features following weeks of increased violence on the Vegas Strip.

The new measures started Friday. Every Friday and Saturday from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m., the hotel will allow entry only to those with reservations in the hotel or at a restaurant or to rewards members. All guests will be checked with metal detectors, according to a statement from the hotel.

Specific doors are now designated for entry and exit and the doors will be monitored by Metropolitan Police Department officers. All bags will be checked and glass or "oversized alcoholic beverages" cannot be brought into the facility, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported.

“The Cosmopolitan holds itself to the highest standard in creating a safe and welcoming environment for all of its guests and employees," the hotel said in a statement.

The area has experienced a rash of violent crimes this year, including a stabbing near The Cosmopolitan and a shooting across the street from the hotel.

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