Grinols and Mustard (2006) answer “Yes” in their ReStat article. Douglas Walker rebuts and Grinols and Mustard reply in the latest issue of Econ Journal Watch — which you should be reading. The debate largely involves issues of measurement error and endogeneity, e.g. accounting for the possibility that crime cause casinos, and is accessible to non-economists.
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Josh Wright, Do Casinos Cause Crime?, Truth on the Market (March 25, 2008), https://truthonthemarket.com/2008/03/25/do-casinos-cause-crime/