OWNERS of B&Bs, hotels and guesthouses in the Lyme Regis and Charmouth area have been sent a letter by Dorset Police inviting them to join Dorset’s free Hotel Watch scheme.
The scheme is already running very successfully in Bournemouth and Weymouth. It is now being been rolled out to Lyme Regis and Charmouth, where PCSO Amanda King is hoping that it will offer real benefits to the more dispersed businesses which we have in this area.
Owners are being invited to join the scheme, which offers them a way to share information with each other and with the police, developing a targeted approach to ongoing problems and incidents. Members will also be provided with guidance on signs to look out for in relation to theft and fraud, drug activity, vulnerable people, modern slavery and child sexual exploitation.
The Hotel Watch scheme will also recommend practices which can make hospitality establishments a safer place to work and to stay. In Bournemouth the benefits of the scheme have been evident in a variety of situations, including locating missing persons and catching offenders. Owners are encouraged to reply quickly.
Providing there is sufficient interest, the scheme will be set up and a membership event arranged in the autumn.
If you have not received a letter from Dorset Police and would like to find out more contact Lymeregis-NPT@dorset.pnn.police.uk. Airbnb hosts can also apply to be included in this scheme.
The Hotel Watch scheme will be launched in addition to the new Town Watch programme in Lyme Regis – a new-style of Neighbourhood Watch using the yes and ears of hundreds of informants across the town.