Hotels should be a safe haven for guests when they are away from home. Unfortunately, hotel crimes are on the rise, as guests deal with theft of their personal belongings left in hotel rooms to items left in their cars. What can you do to have a safe hotel stay?
Booking the Hotel Room
When booking your hotel room, ask about hotel room security. Do guest-room doors have multiple locks? Safety-conscious hotel managers will ensure that guest-room doors not only have multiple locks, but also a deadbolt, to reduce the risk of unauthorised entry by thieves. As you book the hotel room, ask for a room that is on the second or third floor.
Remember that a would-be thief will want to make a quick getaway. Booking a room on the ground floor increases your risk of a hotel break-in, but if you are on the top floor, your chances of a break-in decrease dramatically.
Hang the “Do Not Disturb” Sign Outside Your Door
Hotel thieves are opportunists. That means they are looking for the first chance to break into your guest room and steal from you. However, if you will be gone during the daytime (which is when many hotel break-ins occur) make good use of the “do not disturb” sign. Hang the sign on your door, and leave a light and the TV on. If it appears that you are inside your hotel room when a hotel thief plans to strike, they will move on, rather than risk being caught red-handed.
Guard Your Personal Privacy
Hotel personnel should do their part in protecting the interests of their hotel guests and one way is to avoid loudly blurting out the name and room number of hotel guests during check-in. If hotel personnel compromise your personal privacy and safety by loudly saying your name and room number, ask for another room.
Some hotel thieves listen for names and room numbers and will pose as a hotel employee to gain access to your room and to your belongings, which is why you should take your hotel safety very seriously. If a so-called hotel employee knocks on your door, do not let them into your hotel room until you have called the front desk to make sure they were sent.
If you are planning an upcoming trip take steps now to guard your safety from would-be hotel thieves. Ask for a room on the second or third floor, make use of the “do not disturb” sign when you are not in your room and take steps to guard your personal privacy.
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