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Posted: Thursday, November 18, 2010 12:41 pm

Mesa’s City Council has agreed to draft new regulations of hotels and motels to deter crime and to help police investigate illegal activity if it occurs. Hotels will be required to identify guests through a hotel’s frequent user program or by asking for identification when they check in. Hotels will be required to keep the information for a year or face fines ranging from $250 to $2,500.

Police said guests are more likely to cause problems if they don’t give their name.

“If they know they’re identified, criminals will tend to stay away,” police Cmdr. Steve Stahl told the City Council Thursday.

The city is also looking to set up a hotel review board that will deal with first-time offenders, while the city would take repeat offenders to court. The City Council has reviewed the regulations for months, and on Thursday its members agreed to the duties of the review board. The rules stem from police statistics in 2009 that showed 6 percent of all warrant arrests and 4 percent of all drug arrests were at hotels and motels.

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