Addressing Today's Top Hotel Security Threats
By Kurt Meister Senior Vice President , Distinguished Programs | October 13, 2019
Had you asked an expert about the foremost hotel security threats some five years ago, you may have heard talk about gun violence, identity theft and personal theft. Today, those concerns remain top of mind. But so do many other more complicated-and potentially sinister-behaviors involving both guests and, sometimes, employees.
Today, some of the biggest concerns are crimes on which some insurers have begun to tighten the reigns. These include abuse (both sexual and physical), battery and molestation. Adding to the mix is the despicable global epidemic of human trafficking, a covert activity that sparked robust discussion at this year's American Hotel and Lodging Association (AHLA) Safety Summit in Washington, D.C.
Each of these emerging security threats brings new questions. How can your hotel's employees know what happens behind closed doors? Do they know how to identify potential human traffickers or their victims? Do they know what to do if they suspect a guest has been sexually assaulted? And how do they report crimes such as abuse or molestation?
Let's look into each of these areas and explore the risks, the potential solutions, the value of getting it right, and the ever-expanding costs of allowing this type of unlawful activity at your hotel.
It's a problem nobody likes to think about. But human trafficking is real, and it's not going away anytime soon. According to the U.S. State Department, between 600,000 and 800,000 people are trafficked across international borders every year, of which 80 percent are female and half are children. There are two types of trafficking: