Two individuals were apprehended on Thursday morning by the Adams County Sheriff’s Office in Colorado following a shooting incident at a party held in a short-term rental property near 84th Avenue and Washington Street.Thank you for reading this post, don't forget to subscribe!
The sheriff’s office stated that three individuals sustained injuries, but they were not life-threatening. The officials classified the event as a birthday celebration.
“In our past experience, we have rented out these kinds of properties and utilized them for larger gatherings and functions,” explained Sargent Adam Sherman, the department’s public information officer, on Thursday morning.
“These messages rapidly spread through various social media platforms, and once that occurs, it’s impossible to predict who might attend,” he added.
A listing for a residence called “House of Vibes” was taken down from Airbnb on Thursday. However, the same address is still listed on Booking.com, advertising a residence with five queen-sized beds, capable of accommodating 10 individuals.
This removal of the property from the Airbnb platform coincides with the company’s announcement of a new artificial intelligence tool designed to crack down on renters who are searching for short-term rentals to host parties.
“We are utilizing our state-of-the-art artificial intelligence and machine learning systems to identify potential high-risk single-night and two-night reservations across our entire home listings and prevent those bookings,” stated Naba Banerjee, head of trust security at Airbnb during a press conference on Thursday.
Banerjee explained that the so-called AI anti-party systems are especially effective during major holidays known for parties, such as Halloween and the Fourth of July.
“The system evaluates an extensive range of factors – actually several hundred – in order to identify and prevent booking attempts that may indicate a potential risk. For instance, some of these factors include the duration of the stay, the distance between the listing and the guest, and whether the booking was made at the last minute,” Banerjee elaborated.
Banerjee highlighted that the issue of parties at rental properties emerged as early as 2020 when bars and other event venues were closed. He said that the company had to establish a no-party policy to prevent the misuse of properties for parties during the summer. Banerjee further stated that approximately 7,500 Airbnb users were suspended in 2020 for violating the party policy.
Moreover, the company has set up a hotline to assist neighbors who wish to report an ongoing problem.
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