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Deploy staff to patrol premises, cops to hotels

Panaji: Continuing with measures to sensitise the business establishments in the state in view of the terror threats, the police have advised patrolling by the hotel staff in their hotel premises.

Stepping up of patrolling by staff employed by the concerned hotels can be effective to deter potential attackers and anti-social elements, police have said in an advisory issued to hotels/guest houses.

In this connection, the Panaji police on Friday held a meeting with representatives of hotels/guest houses located in the jurisdiction of the Panaji police station. The meet was chaired by Sub Divisional Magistrate (Tiswadi) Vivek H P, Sub Divisional Police Officer (Tiswadi) Uttam Raut Dessai and Panaji police station in-charge, PI Sudesh Naik. Around 60 representatives of hotels/guests houses were present at the meeting.

According to police, hotels must provide a copy of the guest list to police on demand and should produce the guest check-in register for scrutiny by police. The hotels should be surrounded with a compound wall with height of at least two metres and barbed wire above the compound wall, the police have said. Apart from this, the number of access points should be reduced to a minimum of two or three, the police have said.

The police have suggested that adequate number of private security personnel from a registered private security agency should be employed for proper security check. The guards for hotel security must be deployed 24×7 with handheld wireless (citizen band) sets at every prominent area of the hotel, said the police adding that the security guards and the hotel staff should be sensitised to keep a watch on suspicious persons entering the hotel and report to police about such a person.

Apart from this, the house staff/ room service personnel should keep an eye on suspicious persons/objects in the rooms and any suspicious activity/objects/guests should be informed to police at 100 immediately.

A complete background check for every new prospective candidate has to be carried out before being employed in the hotel as staff and the temporary staff should be hired from reputed contractors, who maintain up to date database of their employees, said police.

Door frame metal detectors must be installed and screening of cars by instrument/equipment such as inverted mirrors must to be carried out, the police have said. So also, trained staff for frisking the guests and their baggage must be deputed round the clock.

Other suggestions of the police include closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras should be installed in public areas of the hotel with at least 30-day storage capacity. The photos of guests checking in the hotel may be clicked at the reception counter and kept for record. A CCTV camera facing the check-in counter may be installed. Visitors who desire to meet any guests should not be allowed unless he/she is issued a visiting pass at the reception centre after proper verification and prior confirmation from the guest, police said adding that caller identification facility should be installed in all telephone connections in the hotel.

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