- Associated Press - Friday, December 13, 2019

BOSTON (AP) - Two alleged kidnappings outside Boston nightclubs - including one that ended in death - have prompted police and city leaders to issue safety and security guidelines for local establishments.

The report of “best practices” issued Thursday advises businesses to have sufficient security staff and educate employees on checking IDs and to avoid serving anyone too much alcohol. It cautions businesses to keep an eye out for people groping or grabbing women and not to hesitate contacting police.

Two 23-year-old women were abducted outside clubs downtown over the past year, authorities have said. One was held captive and raped. The other disappeared several weeks later and was found dead in the trunk of a car in Delaware.

“One tragedy is too much to have to deal with,” Mayor Martin Walsh said at a news conference at police headquarters Thursday. “No one should feel unsafe in our city.”

Licensing Board Chairwoman Kathleen Joyce said a big part of working on the report was breaking down the “misconception” that calling the police could result in violations for nightclubs or bars, the Boston Herald reported.

“Licensees should not view possible disciplinary action by our board as a reason not to call the police,” Joyce said. “Our No. 1 priority is public safety and that starts with opening the lines of communication.”

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