Are there factors that a hotel should consider when determining if it is providing adequate security for its guests?

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According to Florida case law as of the date of this article, there are several factors that a hotel should evaluate in determining whether or not crime is foreseeable (meaning, a crime is likely to occur). Those factors include:

  • the crime rate in the community
  • peculiar security problems created by the hotel’s design
  • industry standards
  • presence of suspicious people
  • the extent of criminal activity in the area

After evaluating these factors, if the hotel determines that a crime is foreseeable, then it has a duty to take adequate security measures to protect its guests.

See:  Satchwell v. LaQuinta Motor Inns, Inc., 532 So. 2d 1348 (Fla. 1st DCA 1988)



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