(U//FOUO) DHS-FBI Bulletin: Indicators of Suspicious Behaviors at Hotels

Indicators of Suspicious Behaviors at Hotels

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  • July 26, 2010

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(U//FOUO) Known or possible terrorists have displayed suspicious behaviors while staying at hotels overseas—including avoiding questions typically asked of hotel registrants; showing unusual interest in hotel security; attempting access to restricted areas; and evading hotel staff. These behaviors also could be observed in U.S. hotels, and security and law enforcement personnel should be aware of the potential indicators of terrorist activity.

(U//FOUO) Possible indicators of terrorist behaviors at hotels: The observation of multiple indicators may represent—based on the specific facts or circumstances—possible terrorist behaviors at hotels:

— (U//FOUO) Not providing professional or personal details on hotel registrations—such as place of employment, contact information, or place of residence.
— (U//FOUO) Using payphones for outgoing calls or making front desk requests in person to avoid using the room telephone.
— (U//FOUO) Interest in using Internet cafes, despite hotel Internet availability.
— (U//FOUO) Non-VIPs who request that their presence at a hotel not be divulged.
— (U//FOUO) Extending departure dates one day at a time for prolonged periods.
— (U//FOUO) Refusal of housekeeping services for extended periods.
— (U//FOUO) Extended stays with little baggage or unpacked luggage.
— (U//FOUO) Access or attempted access to areas of the hotel normally restricted to staff.
— (U//FOUO) Use of cash for large transactions or a credit card in someone else’s name.
— (U//FOUO) Requests for specific rooms, floors, or other locations in the hotel.
— (U//FOUO) Use of a third party to register.
— (U//FOUO) Multiple visitors or deliveries to one individual or room.
— (U//FOUO) Unusual interest in hotel access, including main and alternate entrances, emergency exits, and surrounding routes.
— (U//FOUO) Use of entrances and exits that avoid the lobby or other areas with cameras and hotel personnel.
— (U//FOUO) Attempting to access restricted parking areas with a vehicle or leaving unattended vehicles near the hotel building.
— (U//FOUO) Unusual interest in hotel staff operating procedures, shift changes, closed-circuit TV systems, fire alarms, and security systems.
— (U//FOUO) Leaving the property for several days and then returning.
— (U//FOUO) Abandoning a room and leaving behind clothing, toiletries, or other items.
— (U//FOUO) Noncompliance with other hotel policies.

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18 comments for “(U//FOUO) DHS-FBI Bulletin: Indicators of Suspicious Behaviors at Hotels

  1. Anonymous Coward
    November 9, 2012 at 8:31 pm

    The entire list can be summed up with one entry:

    Visitor is human.

  2. Sebastian
    November 9, 2012 at 8:49 pm

    Those indicator-list is mainly an indicator for:
    * After all those taxes wasted, tume spend and fear spread they came up with THAT list? Serious? They still are at the same position, with the same clue and options and expertise they where 15 years ago.
    * There are no results, no progress, no enhancements.
    * Its a waste of taxes. Of lot of taxes.

  3. a Clue
    November 9, 2012 at 11:26 pm

    Leaving an unattended car near the hotel? Don’t you know they are pretty difficult to take in the room with you.

  4. FOUO
    November 10, 2012 at 12:37 am

    Marking these FOUO is a violation of the security marking policies. They are clearly not for official use only!

  5. You
    November 10, 2012 at 1:24 am

    Are you kidding me?

  6. Wicked Terrorist
    November 10, 2012 at 6:18 am

    I’m a wicked terrorist an’ I never do any of them things. Perdy much, I juss do things like reed da bible an’ peruse the constimatution. Guess they aint caught on ta me yet. Be a damn shame when I finally go to an innernet cafay an’ read the alternative news. Yep, thad’ll be reely bad. Welp, imma go terrize me a samwich. See ya’ll lader.

  7. Ravan Asteris
    November 11, 2012 at 6:09 am

    “— (U//FOUO) Not providing professional or personal details on hotel registrations—such as place of employment, contact information, or place of residence.”

    This is called *privacy*. I see no reason to tell some hotel flunky where I work. I give them my name and billing address. That’s all they have a need to know.

    “— (U//FOUO) Interest in using Internet cafes, despite hotel Internet availability.”

    Stupid. Why in the hell would I pay $13 a day if I can use one of my carrier’s hotspots or a Starbucks for free?

    “— (U//FOUO) Refusal of housekeeping services for extended periods.”

    I never let them turn my room. Strangers in a room I’m staying creeps me out, and I’m allergic to a lot of their cleaning solutions. I like breathing and not freaking out.

    “— (U//FOUO) Use of cash for large transactions or a credit card in someone else’s name.”

    I don’t use credit cards anymore. I will use my debit card or cash. This isn’t terrorism, it’s personal responsibility.

    “— (U//FOUO) Requests for specific rooms, floors, or other locations in the hotel.”

    My SO has inner ear problems, and elevators bother her. We often request a low or ground floor. Not terror, preference.

    “— (U//FOUO) Use of entrances and exits that avoid the lobby or other areas with cameras and hotel personnel.”

    I hate being “under surveillance”. It creeps me out. So I dodge it and crowds. Not terrorism, privacy.

  8. al
    November 12, 2012 at 6:54 pm

    Love the last one: Noncompliance with other hotel policies. I take a drink down to the pool instead of buying from the overpriced pool bar. BAM I’m a big time terrorist. Snuck in an extra muffin from the breakfast buffet for later. Watch out, I could be a “known or possible buffet terrorist”. Never knew it could be so easy.

  9. November 15, 2012 at 2:07 am

    Haha, a little too obvious. The list is made to cover up the asses of investigators after they make a mistake.

    Q: Why did you taser this autistic woman to death while she’s taking a bath?
    A: She had all the sign of beening a terrorist. It’s in my training manual.

    On second thought, you tax dollars would have hired the best lawyers money can buy, so that QA is unreallistic.

  10. Jeff
    November 15, 2012 at 4:48 pm

    This whole list looks like the result of someone who was given the task to come up with something, forgot about it, and finally threw a bunch of garbage together to cover their butts. If that’s NOT what this is, then we as a country are in a lot more trouble than I thought, because the people in charge of our security are just plain stupid.

  11. Anon
    November 15, 2012 at 5:29 pm

    “This whole list looks like the result of someone who was given the task to come up with something, forgot about it, and finally threw a bunch of garbage together to cover their butts. If that’s NOT what this is, then we as a country are in a lot more trouble than I thought, because the people in charge of our security are just plain stupid.”

    I feel for the American people as soon as I read that list. :(

  12. "gunner"
    November 15, 2012 at 9:09 pm

    the chairborne commando who made up that list would go nucking futs at a sci-fi convention, all sorts of strange people running loose. ever see a mercenary trooper drinking with a female kilngon?

  13. Garth Sears
    November 16, 2012 at 7:53 pm

    Dear F.B.I.:
    Have you all lost your tiny little procedure/manual/pencil-pushing minds?
    Oh dear God – please tell me these people are not really earning more than minimum wage (or tell me that they were just joking).
    By the way, F.B.I., I have spent years of my life in hotels domestically and on five continents. I habitually do almost ALL of those actions your agency has flagged as “suspicious”.
    Seriously?
    Do you really not have anything more relevant to do?
    When is the next F.B.I. “false-flag” (find a stupid boy, put awful & violent suggestions in his head & give him fake “opportunities” to do wrong) operation?
    You ALL should be ashamed of yourselves.
    Turning the once great U.S.A. into a paranoid, quivering Police State. I beg you ALL there at the F.B.I. to take an introspective look at how this reveals the agency’s ineptness & paranoia.

    East Germany’s STASI would have been in awe of you guys!

    Congratulations.

  14. Bruce
    November 20, 2012 at 8:13 pm

    Just goes to show you that we are ruled by idiot thugs. If you think elections matter, you need to go back and read about the Civil War until you are absolved of the notion.

  15. Harry
    November 21, 2012 at 12:39 am

    Extended stays can be summed up by one line. The person found a good screw and wants to stick around for a while.

  16. December 8, 2012 at 8:54 pm

    I guess I am on another list now.

    A lot of those items listed are things I regularly do.

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