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Mesa reviews new hotel regulations to fight crime

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Posted: Tuesday, March 8, 2011 12:32 pm

Mesa is moving closer to tightening rules on hotels, including a requirement that operators get the name of guests who check in. The new regulations call on hotels to see identification with the name, date of birth, photograph, address and description of a guest unless the person’s identification is known because the guest is a member of a company’s membership program. The information must be kept for 30 days and provided to police upon request.

The City Council reviewed the ordinance Monday and will vote on it March 21. The city is working to fight crime at motels because of a 2009 study that found 6 percent of all warrant arrests and 4 percent of all drug arrests in Mesa were at hotels and motels. Police say reducing hotel crimes will free up significant time to address other issues.

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