New motel check-in policies after spike in drugs and prostitution

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BEECH GROVE, Ind. (Sept. 23, 2015) - Motels in Beech Grove have new policies for guests who check in after a spike in drugs and prostitution.

In July, Mayor Dennis Buckley threatened to place a sign in front of the Motel 6 on Emerson Avenue stating "Warning: Prostitution and Drug Area." Buckley said he told the motel to shape up and said they started cooperating.

During the summer, Buckley said police would respond to two or three calls per day at the motel. Now, he said officers are rarely there.

The decrease in crime is partly due to the mayor's demands for the motel. Now, management has implemented changes including doing regular license plate checks, creating a no-trespass list, and plans to increase room rates.

The motel is also checking drivers licenses before guests can even check-in. The licenses go through a database and sent directly to police.

"They check drivers licenses when someone wants to come in to lease and then they get ahold of the police and if someone wants to lease a room and they have a background that’s not good, they don’t get to lease a room," said Mayor Buckley.

The mayor said while the crime has decreased, they're still keeping an eye on the motel.

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