Don't worry, this is not about your house, but about motel rooms. It has been determined that Patrol Officers can work motels to interdict crime and make their communities safer. That would include knocking on doors of motels under false pretence (or any kind) in hopes of spotting something unlawful so that an arrest can be made. In one Reno operation the Motel Interdition officers found that 18 out of 25 occupied rooms were involved in some sort of criminal activity.
According to the courts the police to use deceptions to ask people to let them into the room. As long as they do not enter without consent of the person renting the room. They can even pretend to be workers checking the air conditioners or whatever.
For years motel clerks and managers have been lax about reporting suspects, such as positutes. To get the managers to work with them the police will write them up for all kinds of safty or other violations until the owners conform to helping out the police. They train the motel staff on what to look for because the maids go in and out of rooms for clearning purposes and so they are told what to look for.
"Motels are often the homes for people on the fringes of society". (volume 32. #6. of police magazine for June 2008. )
Drug dealers are using motels instead of their own houses or cars to avoid having their properties empounded. Motels are the first places used by criminals who are released from jails. For human smuggling businesses (importing unlawful people from Mexico), and for "extramarital delinguents". As well as the normal transitory guests and those who are economically disadvantaged.
By checking the sign-logs the police can catch those involved in ID theifs or people using stolen credit cards.
I post this in part because summer is here and some of you will be taking that little vacation trip and perhaps will plan to stay at a motel along the way, especially in places like Reno.
Cops do go knocking door to door in order to ask questions and normally under the pretense of responding to a call (which is not true) and then they will ask if they can come inside to talk to you, perhaps on the pretense of investgating a hit and run case or whatever. Which might not be a real problem for you if you are just on vacation. But just as a matter of principle it might be irritating to know you are being treated like a potential suspect via those door to door investigations.
Or that the Crash unit might have a shoot out with some drug dealer where you are staying at.
And remember.. no more No Tell Motels.
I feel some human rights issues are apparent in the above report that can offer up a debate topic. Take your pick.
Room service anyone?