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AAA WILL REQUIRE STIFFER SECURITY AT APPROVED LODGINGS

 ORLANDO, Fla., March 16 /PRNewswire/ -- The American Automobile Association today announced stronger security requirements for AAA approved lodgings that will affect two-thirds of accommodations in this country.
 Beginning in August, AAA will require that its current safety requirements be increased to include deadbolts and peepholes to outer halls in rooms at accommodations included in its 25 TourBooks for North America.
 The added security requirements, which will be included in the 1995 editions, affect more than 19,000 properties in the United States and 3,000 accommodations in Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean that annually area rated one to five diamonds.
 "Guest security at lodging establishments has become a major concern for the traveling public, including AAA's 34 million members," AAA Inspections Director Kris Krause said. "Travelers are demanding the same kind of security at hotels and motels that many have in their homes."
 Krause acknowledged that many lodgings, especially those rated four and five diamonds, already have deadbolt locks in rooms. "Our goal is to provide sufficient time for the other establishments to comply," she said.
 Secondary locks, but not deadbolts, are required currently for AAA approved accommodations.
 In a letter to property owners and general managers, AAA said that all room doors to a common hall must have:
 -- Deadbolt locks that can't be opened from the outside when locked from the inside;
 -- Doors that lock automatically or enable guests to lock them when leaving the room;
 -- Peepholes that permit full view of the area outside the door. Country inns and bed and breakfasts are excluded from this requirement.
 In addition, doors to connecting rooms also must be equipped with a deadbolt and all sliding doors must have an effective locking device.
 The requirements are part of AAA's ongoing commitment to traveler safety that recently included helping to lead efforts to make armed carjackings a federal offense and alerting motorists to sniper attacks along a major highway.
 There are more than 28,000 properties with 97 million hotel and motel rooms in the United States, according to Smith Travel Research, an independent research firm specializing in the lodging industry.
 Approximately 60 specially trained, full-time AAA representatives drive more than one million miles annually conducting more than 30,000 inspections at lodgings and restaurants.
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 /CONTACT: Jerry Cheske or Geoff Sundstrom of American Automobile Association, 407-444-8000/


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