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A hotel detective is a plain clothes person engaged to monitor the security of a hotel and investigate various security or rule violations therein. This is not the same as uniformed security guards employed by a hotel.


Hotel detectives are the type of detectives that were often retired and/or ex-police officers with some training and feature prominently in certain noir fiction, especially in the works of Raymond Chandler, and are sometimes referred to as "House Dicks". The term "hotel detective" is no longer widely used as most hotels now employ uniformed security staff who leave any investigations to law enforcement agencies.

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