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Hotel security has changed drastically over the past 35 years. After the terrifying events that happened on September 11, here in the United States, hotel security has taken on as a higher priority in hotels and for travelers. As our world continues to be threatened with terrorist attacks, along with the criminal activity happening today, security changes will continue to evolve.
The areas within the hotel, where the physical safety of the guest may be an issue, is in the parking lot and/or garage, loading docks, corridors, and outside public places. These areas all pose a possible issue, as they have a tendency to be dark, secluded, and not very visible. These areas also offer numerous places for potential predators to hide.
  Identity theft is also a major security concern at hotels. Upon checking in most hotels require   driver’s license information, including home address and a telephone number, a credit card, and license plate information. With this said, a potential identity theft would be fairly easy. This is a lot of information obtained on any one guest. To prevent the threat of identity theft with this information, hotels should encrypt as much of it as possible, store the information in a secure data base, and only allow access to the hotel personnel. Furthermore, hotel staff should never divulge personal information of one guest to any other.
Additional security issues which are important to protecting guests include luggage and baggage storage, natural disaster contingency plans, fire and chemical threat evacuation and prevention, and theft of personal effects.   Luggage always presents a security issue with the possibility of hidden bombs and/or chemical devices. Some hotels in the Middle East have even instituted the use of metal detectors. Guest’s personal effects that are left in the room should always be secure too. Hotels should provide safes in the guest rooms for them to use to store these things. Routine background checks of the hotel staff...