89°F
weather icon Clear

Housekeepers at Miami Beach hotels to get panic buttons

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. — Housekeepers at Miami Beach hotels will soon be armed with panic buttons to help combat sexual assault.

The city commission unanimously approved the safety measure Wednesday. It’s set to go into effect Aug. 1, 2019.

Commissioner Kristen Rosen Gonzalez proposed the measure after she was sexually assaulted last year. She tells the Miami Herald it is about “changing inappropriate behavior in hospitality.” She says the problem is mostly with men, adding that guests have “gotten away with this behavior for way too long.”

Hotels and hostels will be required to provide all housekeeping attendants with a “safety” button. They can use the device if they believe there is an “ongoing crime, harassment, or other emergency.”

Miami Beach will join Seattle and Chicago in mandating the devices in hotels.

Don't miss the big stories. Like us on Facebook.
THE LATEST
Notre Dame far from safe for restoration work, says architect

A French architect says that Notre Dame Cathedral still isn’t safe enough for restoration work to begin, more than three months after a devastating fire nearly destroyed the monument.

Rumors, confusion, fear reign on Mexico border with new US policy

Asylum-seekers gathered in Nuevo Laredo grapple to understand what a new U.S. policy that all but eliminates refuge claims by Central Americans and many others meant for their bids to find a better life in America.

Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman sentenced to life in prison

The Mexican drug kingpin Joaquin El Chapo Guzman has been sentenced to life behind bars in a U.S. prison, a humbling end for a drug lord once notorious for his ability to kill, bribe or tunnel his way out of trouble.