Whether you are going on a business trip or a family vacation, traveling is such an important aspect of people's lives around the world. Unfortunately travelers’ safety can be compromised if they do not take the proper safety measures. When spending the night in a hotel or motel, there are several steps that you should take to protect yourself. This blog article is intended for anyone that has ever felt unsafe when staying in a hotel and is looking for tips to ensure their safety during their next hotel visit.
Select a Safe Hotel
Doing your research before traveling to ensure that you choose a hotel that focuses on customer safety should be a top priority. There are approximately 53,000 hotels across the United States holding almost 5 million guestrooms. Out of all of these lodgings not all of them are always safe. In 2017, New York City had 2,656 hotel crimes reported.
Reading reviews online is the first thing you can do when looking for hotels. This will help you quickly eliminate the inferior options and hopefully point you towards a company that will make your safety a priority. If possible, choose a hotel that has electronic keys to access each room as well as a deadbolt lock for each door.
Avoid Eavesdroppers During Check In
Once you have found a hotel that meets your needs, there are some other tips to keep in mind following your arrival at the hotel site that will protect your personal information and well-being.
When checking in, it is critical that you avoid speaking any personal information out loud to anyone. If the hotel staff asks for a phone number or any other personal information, it would be wise to write it down for them so no one else overhears it. Another thing to consider to ensure maximum safety during your stay is to ask the front desk not to announce your room number out loud. They can just as easily write the room number down for you and this will prevent the snoopers in the lobby from knowing where to find you during your visit.
Keep Your Luggage Secure
While you are checking in with the hotel crew, be sure to have all of your luggage with you or stowed away in your locked car. Thievery is the most likely crime to be committed in hotels and this happens often while hotel guests are checking in.
After you are checked in and settled into your room, it is important to make sure that your door is locked and all of your expensive possessions are locked away in the security vault. This will remove all temptations for housekeeping staff when they are cleaning your room and will also give you comfort knowing that your possessions are safe. If there is not a vault, you can ask the front desk to store any of your things in their lockboxes in the back.
When leaving your hotel room, there are several things you should do to protect your things. The first step is to put the do not disturb sign on your door knob. This will prevent all hotel staff from entering your room. Then make sure that all of your precious items are either stowed away in the lockbox or protected on your person.
Keep Your Door Locked
When you are in your room, make sure that your deadbolt is engaged and that your safety bar is locked. This will give you the peace of mind knowing that no one will be able to enter. You should also keep your window curtains closed, so that no one can see in. If your room doesn’t have a deadbolt lock, make sure that you use the security chain. Although the chain is not nearly as reliable, it will still make it difficult for someone to break in and enter.
Ask for a security escort
If you ever feel unsafe or disturbed when traveling to your room, up the elevator, or to your car ask the hotel staff for a security escort. If you are checking in, one subtle way to do this is to ask an employee to help you carry your luggage to your room. This will make it less obvious that you were uncomfortable and will also ensure your safety.
These hotel safety tips are all crucial to consider when traveling. Although you may never run into trouble when staying in hotels, and we certainly hope you don't, understanding these safety measures could be vital in certain future scenarios.
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