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Ward, Hayden
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Are Security Cameras Safe To Use At My Inn?

Bed & Breakfast Security Camera

Providing safety and protection for your inn and your guests is essential – having a second set of eyes on the property via surveillance devices can help fill that need. You can protect your property and guests while maintaining your distance.

Bed and breakfast owners are allowed to use various surveillance devices to protect their property as long as they are disclosed in the listings, including on Airbnb, VRBO and other booking sites. Further, while not forbidden on the exterior of the property, they are prohibited in private spaces, such as bedrooms, bathrooms and other sleeping areas. Any baby monitors, cameras located on computer monitors and other video devices need to be disclosed as well. You never want your guests to feel like you’re invading their privacy.

Here are a few security measures you can take to protect your bed and breakfast.

Video Doorbells and Cameras

The goal of using video doorbells, such as Ring Doorbell, is to catch break-ins and stop any suspicious or reckless activity. They’re not meant to monitor your guest’s coming and going.

These doorbells automatically notify your phone through an app when someone is in range of the camera. No matter where you are, you can see who is at your front door and watch their interaction from start to finish. If there are unaccounted-for additional guests trying to enter the inn, this is a great way to deter that behavior and provide video proof.

In the event of a crime, having surveillance cameras outside will provide footage of the activity and increase your chances of catching the intruder. Cameras provide a second set of eyes on your property, allowing you to feel more secure and aware.

Security Systems

Knowing your bed and breakfast is safe and secure is one of the best feelings an owner can have. Whether your property is full of people or unoccupied for weeks, a security system is a wise investment. Though they are expensive, not having one could cost you more. If something was to ever happen at your property, a proper security system can alert and dispatch the police.

When comparing different systems, be sure to consider these features:

  • Motion Sensors – Many people have security sensors at the doors only. Did you know you can have sensors on your windows? If one of your windows were to break during a storm or someone was to hit it, you will be alerted and can handle it quickly.
  • Remote Controls – You’ll want the ability to arm and disarm your property from anywhere.

 

Additional Security Options

While security cameras, smart doorbells and security systems can provide peace of mind, there are additional safety inventions that can help protect areas you may be worried about. Smart lighting gives you the benefit of being able to turn lights on and off at your property at any time, from anywhere. They also allow you to leave lights on when you do not have an inn full of guests to give the appearance someone is home. This can help reduce the risk of someone burglarizing your property. Smart floodlights can also be used on the outside of your property to light up the driveway or front door when they sense motion. Not to mention, smart lighting adds a very luxurious feel to your property that your guests will appreciate.

Insurance Is the Greatest Protection

Despite all the security measures you have in place, a break-in or other property damage can still occur at your bed and breakfast. Make sure your property is covered with innkeepers insurance. Be safe, not sorry. Speak with one of our CBIZ Innkeepers Insurance experts today!

This blog may contain scenarios that are provided as examples only. Coverage is subject to the terms, conditions and exclusions of the policy issued. The information provided is general in nature and may be affected by changes in law or the interpretation of such laws. The reader is advised to contact a professional prior to taking any action based upon this information.

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