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Airbnb and Safety

Airbnb and Safety


For this reason, Excellerate Security is urging South Africans making use of AirBnB, so take as many safety measures as possible, especially as they do not really know who will be living with them. This also applies to AirBnB guests preparing to stay in strangers’ homes.

Excellerate Security Managing Director Derek Lategan says the AirBnB concept is a great way for South Africans to not only make extra cash, but also to meet people from all over the world. However, because they can never really be sure that “Alison Smith” is really the 45-year-old UK mom she says she is, they will only really know their guests when they arrive at their doorsteps.

“So Ms Smith and her two daughters could actually turn out to be three men from anywhere in the world really. Although AirBnB does have certain safety precautions in place, including sharing photographs and reviews of its users, their identities not guarantees unless they have a Trust Badge, which means their identities have been verified by the company.

“Having said all of this though, most AirBnB stories are trouble-free. There have, of course, been a few exceptions.

Lategan says therefore, that home owners using AirBnB, need to take additional steps to keep themselves, and their families, safe.

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