Feeling unsafe and velnerable

in
Portland, OR
Level 2
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Hello,

 

I wanted to see if anyone else is feeling unsafe and vulnerable now that we have had to list so much detail about our security systems?   Having to list how many cameras, locations, what they do, if they are on, in which areas and what they monitor and what type they are I feel unsafe with my family.

 

Doesn't this feel like we are providing a blueprint to others who might want to break in. Steal or cause harm? I have a security system to protect me. But if anyone knows exactly how to get around it and how to break in, then how am I safe?

 

I feel very vulnerable and scared living in the rural area I do with this knowledge front and center to potentially anyone.

 

Anyone else feel this way?

 

 

3 Replies

Re: Feeling unsafe and velnerable

in
Bristol, United Kingdom
Level 10

Difficult one for you. I think it's legitimate for Airbnb to say you need to disclose what camera systems you have on your property so guests can make an informed choice before they book. @Kerri13 

 

How would listing what cameras you have help potential burglars get around your security system? 

I'm sure not all listing platforms are as stringent so perhaps use other listing companies that operate in your area and direct bookings if you don't feel comfortable disclosing the detail Airbnb wants. 

Re: Feeling unsafe and velnerable

in
Portland, OR
Level 2

Thanks for your reply.

I really want to know how other hosts feel about this.

Yes, Guests should know there are security systems , but not sure I agree with so much details.

if door A has a motion detected camera and door B has no camera and the garage has a camera on the front but not the back I have given them the way to go around  the cameras to break in or even host parties.

I feel a little less safe knowing that all my details are present to all who look.

It does make me feel vulnerable and unsafe, knowing that it is all public.

Other platforms might be less detailed, but then why is airbnb asking for so many details?

I am trying to see how to work best with this and still feel safe.

K

 

 

 

Re: Feeling unsafe and velnerable

in
Greenville, SC
Level 10

In California, you must disclose cameras “in any location where there is a reasonable expectation of privacy”.

 

No one should expect privacy in any outdoor area that can be observed by the public. Therefore, I don’t think outdoor cameras viewing outside entry doors and windows should be required to be disclosed.  

 

Do cameras at interesections and businesses have big signs announcing their presence? Do hotels disclose every camera outside, in the lobby and in hallways?  No, because they are in the public, with no reasonable expectation of privacy.

 

I think Airbnb should adapt this level of disclosure requirements, and I, like you, would feel uncomfortable disclosing on a public web page all of my camera locations, especially the safety-related ones.

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