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Hotel Security Self Inspection Checklist

Since Transient guest do not have the sense of territory or the ability to easily recognize intruders as intruders  that neighbors in a residential community have effective physical security in needed to reduce their vulnerability.

An Effort should be made to develop a self inspection or survey form tailored to the property. Below points should be considered while creating a checklist.

  • What Problems are created by the community in which the property is located ?

  • What is the potential for civil disorder, vandalism, or similar security incidents?

  • Does the traffic pattern around the property create special problems?

  • Are there areas or zones for control of traffic when deliveries are being made, bus tours are loading or unloading, guests begin arriving in their own vehicles, cabs etc.?

  • Are there problems of loitering, begging or solicitation outside pedestrian entrances to the hotel?

  • Is there easy access to major roadways which could permit a robber to make a quick escape by high speed roadways?

  • What is the ease of access for police? The fire Department and other emergency services?

  • Are driveway provided?

  • Do one-way streets adjacent to the property permit easy routing of traffic to and from the location.

  • Are underground access routes available?

  • Is there adequate illumination in all exterior areas including streets, passageways, walkways, alleys, delivery areas etc. ?

  • Is there an adequate supply of water in the event of a fire emergency?

  • Is there auxiliary pumping capacity in the event of failure within the local water system or loss of power on the property?

  • Is there easy access to a water source for the fire department?

  • Is there danger of illegal entry into the property through underground service routes, tunnels, sewers, subways, manholes etc. ?

  • Could there be access from adjacent buildings over the roof or through adjacent windows?

  • Are windows and doors secured between the hotel or motel and adjacent structures?

  • Is there a fire danger from the neighboring structures?

  • What dangers are present for arriving or departing employees?

  • What transportation facilities are available to employees in addition to private motor vehicles ?

  • Are parking facilities adequate and safe for serving the needs of the employees and guests ?

  • Is there an adequate guard service, police service, or surveillance system to protect the guests and employees using parking facilities ?

  • Are safe employees entrances and receiving areas provided?

  • Are appropriate security personnel or system provided ?

  • Are there dangers for guests arriving at the door by taxi or other public transportation?

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Authored and managed by Augustine, a hotelier with over 20 years of experience in the industry. He has a 3-year diploma with 'honors' from the American Hotel & Lodging Educational Institute and a Bachelor of Computer Application - BCA Degree.