Hotel security a top priority after deadly Las Vegas shooting
CARTER LAKE, Ia (FOX42KPTM) - Three days after a deadly shooting in Las Vegas, local hotel staffers are now evaluating their security. The idea is to come up with new game plans that will keep guests and employees safe.
"What happened in Las Vegas was heartbreaking," said Marilyn Tuttle with the Holiday Inn and Hampton Inn in Carter Lake.
Tuttle is still in shock and disbelief about the massacre.
"You want to believe everyone in the world is kind and loving, but that's not the case."
At least 59 people in Las Vegas were killed when police say 64-year-old gunman Stephen Paddock opened fire from a 32nd floor hotel room. It was later discovered he used hidden cameras to keep an eye out for police. As someone working in the hotel industry, Tuttle is now deep in thought when it comes to security at her hotels. Staff will now work closely with guards to make sure guests are safe.
"We're looking for different cues and anything suspicious."
Carter Lake police officers like Brock Gentile will be around to keep the peace.
"We'll be keeping an eye on surveillance and we'll be in off-duty vehicles in full uniform," said Gentile.
For Tuttle, his presence is important. In this day and age, you just don't want to take anything for granted.
"One of the main things we want to make sure is that all of our guests and employees are not only comfortable, but feel secure," said Tuttle.
If you're at a hotel and you see somebody acting strange and bringing in a lot of bags, Officer Gentile recommends you say something to police. It might be nothing, but it's better to be safe than sorry.
As for Tuttle, she told FOX 42 News Wednesday she's already reached out to others in the hotel industry. For her, the goal is to keep security top of mind.