Hotel Security for Travelers
Hotels and motels are much safer now than they were in past generations, but here are some tips to make your stay as secure as possible:
- Request a higher floor. Higher floors are less likely to be invaded by a burglar because they're harder to get to and harder to get away from. Look for a room that's a good distance from the fire stairs, which invaders like to use.
- Never open your door to anyone unless you're expecting them--not even with the door chain in place. If someone knocks, and claims to be "hotel maintenance," don't open unless you've just asked the front desk to send someone. Instead, phone down to the front desk and ask whether the person at your door should be admitted.
- Almost all modern hotels now have electronic card access, which is more reliable than a conventional lock and key, but be sure to set the deadbolt and have the door chain in place as well. Secure all windows and sliding doors.
- To deter burglars while you're out of the room, keep the TV or radio playing softly. If your room has already been made up, put the "Do Not Disturb" sign on the door.
- Store your valuables in the hotel safe and get a receipt for them. Avoid using your in-room safe. If you're in a casino and have just won a lot of money, don't carry it on you in cash: arrange for it to be held, or deposited in an account.
- If you're in an elevator with someone who frightens you, get off on the wrong floor. If the person is obviously following you, scream.
- Spend as little time as possible in the parking lot or ramp, especially at night.