While you may feel that a property owner is protecting you from danger (negligent security, inadequate security), it is often the case that property owners put profits over safety, and when that happens dangerous predators seize the opporunity to attack.
Florida is a major tourist destination for more than 86 million visitors every year. They come to enjoy our theme parks, pristine beaches and beautiful sunshine. Many people come for vacation, getaways, Spring Break, and even work.
More than a billion travelers stay at U.S. hotels each year. Whether traveling in Florida, the United State or internationally, unexpected violent crime at a hotel or resort cannot only ruin your vacation, but worse, leave you with serious a personal injury or wrongful death.
Many travelers have a false sense of security when it comes to hotels and motels. Victims of crime often assume that since there are security measures such as locked doors, surveillance cameras and hotel staff present, nothing can happen. There are no formal published statistics on US crimes at hotels and resorts, as many do not get reported and most resorts and lodgings are notorious for wanting to protect their brand or image and not let these numbers get public. Resort property owners often knew or should have known they were creating a dangerous situation for their guests
Resort and hotel incidents go beyond just burglary, theft and stealing property from your room or vehicle. There may be defective locks, lack of lighting, failure of security devices, lack of security, lack of employee background checks or employee training that can result in your injuries.
Hotel crimes can also become violent. In 2009, the “Craiglist Killer” – Phillip Markoff, Boston University medical student, was accused of tying up and robbing a prostitute at gunpoint in the Westin Copley Place hotel on April 10 and fatally shooting a 25-year-old masseuse April 14 at the Boston Marriott Copley Place. Other violent crimes that occur include rapes, shootings, stabbings, armed robbery, and assault and battery occurring in guest’s hotel rooms or in resort’s parking lots.
When traveling and staying in hotels internationally one must take extra precautions and also consider the risk of violent crimes. These many also include rape, assault, kidnapping, fires, terrorism, and even bombings.
Here are some tips from government officials and hotel security experts that may help ensure a crime-free US hotel stay: