Crime Free Hotel-Motel
Keep Illegal Activity Off Rental Property
This program is designed to be law enforcement driven and allows for a strong working relationship between law enforcement and management within the hotel motel industry.
The Crime Free Hotel/Motel Program is a unique, three-phase certification program for hotel/motel properties of all sizes. The first phase is the completion of a four-hour program taught by law enforcement personnel. Frequently guest speakers will also attend to address specific topics relating to hotel/motel properties. This police-sponsored program is designed to be very easy and yet extremely effective at reducing criminal activity.
The Crime Free Hotel/Motel Program addresses these topics
Upon completion of the mandatory four-hour training program, participants are eligible to begin the second phase. This is accomplished by contacting the Crime Free Hotel/Motel Program Coordinator. When the coordinator comes to the property, your property will begin the second phase and the property will then receive the certificate for Phase One completion. The certificate is signed by the chief law enforcement official of that community and is also signed by the Crime Free Hotel Motel Program Coordinator, who sponsors the training.
This certificate is to be immediately framed and displayed at the front desk or in a prominent place where guests are sure to see it. Prospective guests may also be informed that your property management is working with the police to keep the community healthy. Although several certificates may be awarded due to numerous employees attending the Phase One training, only one Phase One certificate needs to be displayed at the front desk.)
Prior to obtaining a certificate of completion of the program, a representative of the police department will inspect the rental property to assess physical security and general appearance of the property, including locks, lighting, and landscaping. The property must meet the minimum requirements set forth in the inspection in order to achieve this second certificate. Upon completion, the certificate will show that the property has met the minimum requirements of the Crime Free Hotel Motel Program. The property then automatically moves into the third and final phase, which is full certification.
Once fully certified, the property manager will receive a gold certificate. This certificate should also be posted behind the front desk with the certificates obtained in Phases One and Two. (This certificate is the only certificate that has an expiration date. It is renewed each year after the subsequent annual C.P.T.E.D. evaluation has been conducted.)
An added incentive to reach full certification is the use of the Crime Free Hotel Motel Program logo in all appropriate advertisements as well as on company letterhead, business cards, and associated paperwork. The subsequent Crime Free Hotel Motel logo is expected to achieve the same level of recognition and will be very effective in attracting honest guests seeking overnight lodging, while discouraging abusers seeking rooms for the purpose of conducting criminal activities.
An additional advantage to being fully certified is that people can call for a list of fully certified hotel motel properties. Currently the Mesa Convention and Visitor's Bureau has a listing of all participating and fully certified properties. The Crime Free Program Coordinator also receives calls from various business entities, both inside and outside the state, requesting information about which properties are in the program. Many times these companies are willing to set up contracts of guaranteed stays for extended periods to accommodate their employees who are in Arizona on business. One property was recently awarded a contract for over $2 million dollars, which they believed was a result of their membership in the Crime Free Hotel/Motel Program.
International Crime Free Association
|Tim Zehring, Executive Director |
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