Singapore has introduced the world's first national security guidelines for hotels. The voluntary guidelines are designed to bring security measures across hotels to a minimum standard.
The constant flow of people makes hotels a potential target for crime and terrorism. So many have installed digital eyes to monitor public areas.
CCTV is one of many security features listed in the new voluntary security guidelines for hotels.
J Benjamin Charles, a member of Hotel Security Standards Working Group, said: "All the hotels were doing their own way of security control. I think in the past we even have security guards who are not well versed in security. Now, with the security spec, at least the basic level is maintained."
Spring Singapore's group director quality and standards, Teo Nam Kuan, said: "I think the standard itself is non-prescriptive so the hotels themselves can adjust the system to meet the requirements and even small hotels can implement the standard."
At the launch of the new guidelines, Senior Parliamentary Secretary Mohamad Maidin Packer urged hotels to ensure they can react quickly should a terrorist attack occur in Singapore.
"This involves the formulation of a response plan that may well include the tightening of emergency processes. Plans should then be exercised regularly," said Mohamad Maidin Packer, Senior Parliamentary Secretary, Ministry of Home Affairs.
Spring Singapore worked with the Singapore Hotel Association and the police to draw up the guidelines.
But there is no target on the number of hotels that are expected to adopt the guidelines because they are voluntary.
Estimating the cost of implementing the new security guidelines is difficult because hotels currently have varying levels of security.
And equipment available to upgrade their systems ranges from basic to highly sophisticated.
One of the latest security devices has arrived in Singapore from Japan where it's used in airports and on MRT stations.
What the device does is it tests the content of bottles.
If you put something in that claims to be water and if it is, then it will pass.
But if you put something else in, like kerosene, then it will fail.