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Hotel Managers and Bali Police Discuss Security

Police Call for More Closed Circuit Monitoring Systems and More Creativity Among Security Personnel.

(9/17/2005) Bali Hotels Association (BHA) recently invited ranking officers of the Bali Police Force to address the General Managers of Baliís star rated hotels at their monthly general meeting on the issue of security, providing specific feedback to the hoteliers on hotel security matters.

Mr. I Gusti Ketut Budiartha, Director Tourism Security for the Bali Police (shown in the picture on balidiscovery.com) addressed over 55 General Managers underlining the need for continued vigilance.

Commenting on the issue of hotel security, Officer Budiartha stressed that the police were generally satisfied with the precautions taken by member hotels of the BHA while, at the same time, requesting that hotels invest more in CCTV (closed circuit TV) monitoring systems in order to assist the police in their investigations. He also called for greater vigilance and creativity in the security officers carrying out their role of "detection," placing special emphasis on hotel public and lobby areas.

At the meeting, the BHA reassured the police that security is seen as priority among hotel managers and that a special sub-committee has been established to focus on matters of security. That committee has issued a list of minimum guidelines for BHA member hotels including the operation of boom gates, inspection procedures for vehicles entering hotel areas and the detection of suspicious persons.

At the meeting with the police, BHA announced the launch of an emergency SMS notification system which informs all General Managers immediately of any incident or potential threat.

Concluding the meeting, Robert Kelsall, Chairman of the BHA thanked Officer Budiartha for addressing the association.