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I am thinking about opening up a hostel in Philadelphia, but I am just a little concerned about running an all-hours business in a city that has had and does still have some crime issues.
It's not that the city is unsafe or anything. I love living here. It's just that the streets feel less safe at night than streets in many of the major European cities I've hostelled in. Also, bars and clubs almost all close at 2am here, so there are generally less people out and about during the early morning hours.
I was wondering if there are any hostel owners out there from other major US cities who could offer me some advice on hostel security. I've read a lot of great things on this forum about preventing theft and other "internal" crimes, but not too much on what kind of security measures are taken to secure the building from unwanted outside visitors.
Of course I welcome the opinions of people working in non-US city hostels as well. I just suggested American cities at first because we (unfortunately) seem to have a bigger crime rate here.
Thanks for any help you might be able to give!