21, Feb 2024
Bangalore Police and OYO’s joint drive against immoral activities in hotels

Bangalore, February 22, 2024. The police department has initiated a special drive in its fight against immoral activities including human trafficking in hotels in Bangalore in partnership with OYO.

From Left to Right Nitin Thakur, Head, Strategic Alliances and Communications, OYO with Shri D Devaraja, IPS, Deputy Commissioner of Police, East Division, Bangalore

Top officials of OYO along with hotel operators held a meeting with Shri D Devaraja, IPS, Deputy Commissioner of Police, East Division, and extended their support to the police in combating immoral activities in city hotels. They discussed strategies to curb immoral activities such as human trafficking, drug abuse, and other illegal practices often associated with certain unscrupulous elements misusing hotel facilities.

OYO reaffirmed its commitment to providing a safe and secure environment for all its guests and reiterated its zero-tolerance policy towards any form of illegal or immoral activities on its premises.

As part of this joint drive, OYO and the Bangalore police have agreed to enhance collaboration and information sharing to swiftly identify and address any suspicious or illegal activities. This partnership underscores OYO’s proactive approach to ensuring the safety and well-being of its guests and the community at large.

Shri D Devaraja, IPS, Deputy Commissioner of Police, East Division, Bangalore said “We are committed to working closely with the hospitality industry to ensure that hotels remain safe and welcoming places for all guests. By collaborating with organizations like OYO, we can better identify and address illegal activities, ultimately creating a safer environment for everyone.”

He also said that though proper record-keeping of guests is important moral policing should not be encouraged. In addition to this, hotels should also ensure that CCTV cameras in the property and neighborhood is functional all the time.

Nitin Thakur, Head, of Strategic Alliances and Communications, OYO, added “This meeting is a part of our nationwide program to collaborate with the police and ensure a safe environment for guests in hotels. The discussions included strategies to improve information sharing, enhance training programs for hotel staff, and establish clear protocols for reporting suspicious activities. This partnership is especially important since we have a lot of hotels in Bangalore, and it is a high growth city for us.”

OYO has a robust safety and security system to ensure that hotels listed on its platform must comply with the safety-related laws and guidelines issued by local law enforcement agencies. It also provides regular safety and security-related training to its hotel partners and their employees to watch out for red flags such as guest behavior and unusual check-in patterns and take preventive actions.