Crime Free Hotel/Motel Program
Release Date: Jul 12, 2013
Larimer County Sheriff's Office
John Schulz, Public Information Officer
Deputy Steve Pastecki, left, and Sheriff Justin Smith, right, present the Crime Free Hotel/Motel certificate to Tina Clutter, center, Guesthouse Inn manager.
The Guesthouse Inn at 4333 East Mulberry Street in Fort Collins is the first hotel in Larimer County to receive their full certification from the Larimer County Sheriff's Office. Sheriff Justin Smith presented the certification to Tina Clutter, Guesthouse Inn Manager, today in a ceremony at the hotel.
Sheriff Justin Smith said, "We are excited that our efforts in reducing crime in the Mulberry Corridor have been met with such enthusiasm by the businesses in the area. The Guesthouse Inn has been a leader for us in implementing the Crime Free Hotel/Motel program which has shown great results in other areas."
The certification covers the areas of risk management, access control, property surveillance, maintenance and reducing check-in/identity fraud. The program is part of the internationally recognized Crime Free Hotel/Motel program which is sponsored by the International Crime Free Association (http://www.crime-free-association.org/hotel-motel.htm
). The goals of the program are to reduce criminal activity, safeguard guests/employees, reduce liability, educate employees and increase profitability. The three-phase program can ultimately lead to full certification showing the property participates in and is in compliance with crime free guidelines.
Deputies are planning on extending the Crime Free program to all hotels/motels in unincorporated Larimer County in the near future. Additional information can be obtained by contacting Sergeant Marc Weber at 970-498-5505.
The Crime Free Hotel/Motel program was started as a part of Operation New Dawn, a long-term, multi-year program, which began early in 2012 aimed at decreasing crimes in the East Mulberry Corridor. The operation's objectives include community outreach, education and involvement, coordination of other government resources and services in addition to criminal investigation and enforcement. Other actions taken to date include business outreach, saturation patrols, multi-agency operations and panhandling education and enforcement.
The East Mulberry Corridor is that area from Timberline Road east to County Road 5. This area had seen an increase in criminal activity including aggravated assaults, illegal narcotics use and distribution, prostitution, criminal gang activity, financial and fraud related crimes as well as property crimes including burglary, theft and trespassing. Additionally, deputies have encountered armed suspects and a high concentration of fugitives with warrants in the targeted area.