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Hotel Security Audit Checklist for The Security Manager / Team

  1. Will a fence help protect the premises?

  2. If there is a fence in place, is the fence too high to climb or protected with barbed wire?

  3. Is the fence in good repair?

  4. Is the fence designed so no one can crawl under it?

  5. Are materials such as trash containers, incinerators,etc., that could be used in scaling the fence placed a safe distance away?

  6. Are the gates solid and in good repair?

  7. Are the gate hinges in good repair?

  8. Are there flammable materials in the receiving area which should be removed?

  9. Is there a frequent trash pickup?

  10. Is adequate lighting provided for the entire area? 

  1. Are all unused doors secured?

  2. Is door frames strong and securely in place?

  3. Are the glass in back doors and similar locations protected by wire-glass or bars?

  4. Are all doors designed so the lock cannot be reached by breaking glass or a light sash panel?

  5. Are the hinges designed and located to prevent the pulling or breaking of the pins?

  6. Is the lock bolt designed and placed to prevent easy displacement with a "jimmy" or another instrument?

  7. Is the lock designed or the door frame placed so the door cannot be pried open by spreading the frame?

  8. Is the bolt protected or constructed so it cannot be cut?

  9. Is the securely mounted so it cannot be pried off?

  10. Are the locks on the door in good working order?

  11. Are the keys in the possession of trusted personnel and are they secured when employees leave the premises?

  12. Are padlock hasps constructed so the screws cannot be removed?

  13. Are the hasps heavy enough?

  14. Are all doors locked and/or bared during non-operating hours? Is emergency evacuation capability maintained at all times on such doors?

  15. In non-operating hours, access locations properly checked by security staff and/or central station or proprietary protection systems?

  1. Are easily accessible windows protected by gratings, bars, or other access-limiting devices?

  2. Are unused windows permanently locked?

  3. Are windows which are not protected by bars locked?

  4. Are there unneeded windows at lower floors or other areas which could be replaced by glass blocks or other less vulnerable alternatives?

  5. Are the windows and locks so designed or located that they cannot be opened by simply breaking the glass?

Other openings:
  1. Are unnecessary skylights (which may be subject to hurled objects) protected or have they been eliminated?

  2. Are accessible skylights protected with bars, etc.?

  3. Are the roof hatches properly secured?

  4. Are the doors to the roof or elevator penthouses in good condition and securely locked?

  5. Are laundry and trash chutes provided with locks?

  6. Are all ventilator shafts and vent openings protected?

  7. Are entrances to sewers and service tunnels protected?

  8. Are fire exits and escapes designed to permit easy exit but to limit illegal entry?

Building Construction:
  1. Are the walls of the building(s) of frame construction and fire-resistive or capable of being made so?

  2. Is the roof fire-resistive and secure?

  1. Is the safe fire-resistive?

  2. Is the safe fastened securely to the floor or wall, ceiling and floor, set in concrete, or appropriately alarmed?

  3. If a vault is used, are the walls as well as the door secure?

  4. Is cash on hand kept to a minimum?

Security Officers:
  1. Is it feasible to have in-house security staff? Or, is it more appropriate to employ a contract security service or off-duty police?

  2. Do the security officers receive proper screening, training, and supervision, whether they are in-house or contract?

  3. If security personnel are armed, are they properly armed and proficient in the use of such arms?

  4. If there is full-time security personnel, are they free from "extra duties" so they are able to perform their protective duties fully?

  5. If a commercial security service is employed, is the service checked to confirm that it has the ability to provide full services?

  6. Would it be beneficial to conduct emergency drills?

  7. If available, has a complete central station or proprietary supervisory service been considered in addition to standard security services?

  8. Has closed-circuit television or a similar monitoring device been investigated as a means of increasing effective surveillance by your security force?

Public Protection:
  1. Is proper liaison maintained between the hotel or motel and the police and fire departments?

  2. Do the police and fire departments have the phone number of key personnel and vice versa?

Electronic Data Processing:
  1. If there is a computer on the property, have proper steps been taken to ensure computer integrity with proper off-premises backup capability?

  2. Is the computer facility in a secure location?

  3. Is the computer room protected from the danger of hurled objects, flood, or fire?

Communication Equipment:
  1. Is the communication centre (telephone room,etc.) located in a secured place?

  2. Is adequate protection provided for wires and cables, etc.?

  3. Has an emergency communications plan been developed?

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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.