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NCJ Number: 162112 Find in a Library
Title: Chocolates for the Pillows; Nightmares for the Guests: The Failure of the Hotel Industry To Protect the Traveling Public From Violent Crime
Author(s): K L Prestia
Date Published: 1993
Page Count: 175
Sponsoring Agency: Bartleby Press
Silver Spring, MD 20902
Publication Number: ISBN 0-910155-25-9
Sale Source: Bartleby Press
11141 Georgia Avenue
Silver Spring, MD 20902
United States of America
Type: Issue Overview
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This book uses actual cases to show the nature of serious security risks at hotels/motels, documents court cases to show the liability incurred by the failure of hotel/motels to maintain adequate security, and recommends measures to improve security at these facilities.
Abstract: Criminals are drawn to hotels/motels because they can expect to find easy targets for robbery, rape, theft, and even murder. Hotel/motel guests are on unfamiliar ground, often carrying cash for trip expenses, and housed in vulnerable facilities with poor security and rooms with doors and windows that are easily defeated by experienced criminals. This state of vulnerability to violence and other crimes at hotels/motels is documented in this book through case histories described in detail. Court transcripts are included not only to profile the crimes but to show how plaintiffs' attorneys develop civil cases against hotels/motels when their guests become crime victims. Civil juries, judges, and appellate courts have consistently found hotels/motels liable for failing to provide adequate security for guests who come to their facilities expecting to be safe and secure. A number of chapters discuss the steps that must be taken by individual hotels/motels and the industry as a whole to reduce the attraction of criminals to such facilities. Some recommendations are to develop and implement industry standards for the performance of guest security, to require that hotelkeepers maintain accurate records of all crimes committed upon the hotel or motel premises, to publicly disclose these records when requested by anyone seeking accommodations, and to expand the Uniform Crime reporting program to include the indexing of crimes related to hotels and motels. Security tips, including suggestions for door and window locks and peepholes, are also included.
Main Term(s): Criminology
Index Term(s): Case studies; Civil liability; Hotel/motel security; Legal liability; Security standards
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