AlertSystems Offer Advice after Lack of CCTV in Hotel Lifts in Mumbai and Goa Allegedly Impeded Police Investigation

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Leading business security provider, AlertSystems, has offered advice to business after news that an absence of CCTV inside lifts in hotels in Goa and Mumbai could have prevented police access to important evidence after an alleged sexual assault.

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Having monitoring systems in locations which are not regularly monitored by members of staff, such as lifts, can help provide a safe environment for guests and staff.

According to the Times of India in the article ‘No CCTV Cameras in most Mumbai, Goa Hotel Lifts’ published on November 24, the lack of CCTV in lifts in hotels meant that police did not have access to vital evidence after a female member of staff was allegedly sexually assaulted in a hotel in Goa.

According to the article, Times of India contacted seven hotels which had no CCTV cameras in lifts as a result of privacy considerations, while three hotels stated that lifts used by staff were under CCTV surveillance. The newspaper also found that some hotels have glass lifts, while other hotels have lifts with controlled access to prevent guests stopping on floors other than their own or using the lift without a key card.

As experts in commercial security systems, AlertSystems closely follow industry news and were interested in this recent report. A spokesperson for the company responded to the news and offered advice to businesses:

“Businesses such as hotels put a number of measures in place to protect their guests and their members of staff. Having monitoring systems in locations which are not regularly monitored by members of staff, such as lifts, can help provide a safe environment for guests and staff. The presence of CCTV cameras can offer reassurance to those on the premises, as well as acting as a crime preventative.

“This recent report highlights how the installation of CCTV cameras can be vital to police investigations as officers can use the footage to help further their investigations and bring them to successful conclusions. For businesses looking to install a CCTV security system on their premises, it is important to ensure that locations with heavy traffic such as entrances and exits are monitored. However, it is also important to have surveillance on other areas of the premises that are not monitored by members of staff, such as lifts. Not only can this offer reassurance to those using this area of the premises, but it can help to create a safe environment. In the unfortunate case that an incident occurs, police can then use the footage to further their investigations.”

AlertSystems manage and maintain over 5000 security installations throughout the UK and are specialists in providing business security solutions. Offering professional service and a complete range of security services such as monitored alarm systems, Automatic Number Plate Recognition and Avigilon CCTV security systems. AlertSystems offers effective and reliable solutions to security problems.

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