GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. — The Gwinnett County Solicitor General’s Office met with law enforcement officials and hotel management Tuesday morning to discuss safety concerns at some hotels in Gwinnett County.
In October, Gwinnett County Solicitor General Brian Whiteside sent letters to several hotel properties in Gwinnett County, including Extended Stay America, Country Inn and Suites and Red Roof Inn to make them aware of high crime rates on their properties.
“They’re [hotels] promising to adhere to the city of Norcross and the city of Suwanee’s ordinances that are already in place. Some hotels have stepped up and some have not,” said investigator Curtis Clemons.
Between October 2018 and October 2019, the City of Norcross Police responded to more than 1,000 crimes at four hotels, including the Crossland by Red Roof, HomeTowne Studios by Red Roof and InTowne Suites, according to a report from the solicitor general’s office.
“We want to reduce crimes like rape and homicide, which are very serious crimes,” Clemons said.
Clemons also told 11Alive that numerous families with children stay in these hotel properties which he said is even more reason to ensure safety.
In October, Solicitor General Brian Whiteside called these hotels the “devil’s triangle" because of the amount of crime these hotel properties allegedly bring to Gwinnett County.
George Limbert, Red Roof Inn General Counsel, said that he is looking forward to working with Gwinnett County officials to improve safety at their hotel properties.
“I think we came to a good understanding. We have a good plan in place to help,” he said.
Gwinnett County officials said though Tuesday’s meeting was productive, a lot of work still needs to be done.
“We will develop an action plan that we will follow through with the cities of Norcross and Suwanee and from there we will meet in the coming to weeks to make sure they’re actually fulfilling their promises,” Clemons said.
Officials said they will conduct weekly check-ins with these hotels to evaluate improvement or they could risk being shut down.
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