Airbnb security guards ordered to retain identification documents of clients

Security guards have been ordered to demand  personal details from clients seeking Airbnb services.

The latest guidelines contained in a joint statement by the Ministries of Interior, Tourism, Gender and Education, the  Private Security Regulatory Authority says this will bolster security and accountability within the short stay premises.

The guards will now be recording time of entry and exit while retaining identification details and documents to end cases of femicide in the country.

As part of protocols, it is also mandatory for Airbnb owners to install CCTV surveillance systems at their premises.

“The surveillance systems are designed to continuously record footage, providing an additional layer of security and aiding in monitoring activities within Airbnb premises,” reads the statement.

The statement was signed by Internal Security PS Raymond Omollo, Gender and Affirmative Action PS Anne Wang’ombe, Higher Education PS Beatrice Inyangala and Tourism PS John Ololtua.

The move comes as part of a broader effort to enhance the safety and accountability of individuals utilising shared accommodations at short-stay facilities.

In a report released by the directorate of criminal investigations Mohammed Amin said between 2021 and 2024, a total of 94 cases of killings of women and girls were reported to the DCI.

He said 65 suspects have since been arraigned in various courts across the country in connection with the murders.

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