6 Hotel Security Tips to Keep You Safe

6 Hotel Security Tips to Keep You Safe

Whether you are just staying overnight or for an extended vacation at a hotel, your stay is meant to be a time for comfort and relaxation. No matter if you only brought a change of clothes and a toothbrush, or a suitcase full of expensive belongings, everyone wants to feel safe and secure when staying at a hotel. Before arriving at your hotel, there are some important things you should consider regarding hotel security.

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1. Always Close and Lock Your Door

This may seem like an obvious security measure, but you would be surprised at how lenient some travelers are when it comes to locking their hotel door. Ensure that you have locked your room door, and if your hotel room comes with a deadbolt and chain lock then always use both. Most up-to-date hotels will have a convenient card to swipe to enter your room, so make sure you never misplace it and if you do, ask reception for a new card. If the hotel you are at still uses keys, then make sure they properly store the keys at the reception desk and do not leave them accessible in hands-reach to guests.

6 Hotel Security Tips to Keep You Safe

2. Use a Safe for Valuables

Try to choose a hotel room that has a safe built into the room for your valuables when you are not in the room. As much as you should be able to trust hotel employees and other guests, if they manage to gain access to your room, it is best not to leave expensive goods lying around. Lock any jewelry, extra money holders, cash, and passports in the safe. If your room does not come with a safe, then ask at reception to store your belongings in a hotel safe. You will have peace of mind knowing your valuables are secured when you are out and about having fun.

6 Hotel Security Tips to Keep You Safe

3. Request a Room That’s Not On Ground Level

As nice as it is to be able to walk out of your room and be on the ground level, these rooms are perfect targets for thieves or other mischievous individuals. Always try to request a room that is between the third and fifth floor because these rooms are too high for thieves to reach but not too high for emergency responders to reach in case of a fire. If you are traveling with young children, avoiding a ground floor room is smart in case they are able to open the door.

6 Hotel Security Tips to Keep You Safe

4. Park Close to The Hotel and Under a Light

Avoid parking your car in an unlit part of the hotel parking lot or too far away from the lobby. This is an invitation for thieves to target you and your belongings since there is a high chance no one will see them. If possible, always stick with a family member or friend who you are traveling with for extra precautions. Thieves may be watching as you unload your luggage or load it into your vehicle, so always be aware of your surroundings and park in a well-lit, busy area. On a side note, ensure your vehicle is always locked when leaving it overnight.

6 Hotel Security Tips to Keep You Safe

5. Never Leave Credit Cards Lying Around

After checking-in and paying, make sure that your credit card is never left lying around on the counter for other guests or cameras to see. Additionally, make sure that the receptionist handles your card with care and does not take a picture or copy it down anywhere. Again, most receptionists are trusted workers but you should always be vigilant.

6 Hotel Security Tips to Keep You Safe

6. Keep Your Room Number Private

After checking-in to your room, ask the front desk to never give out your room number. If someone asks for you, tell the reception to call your room and inform you there is a visitor. You do not want to allow anyone to wander up to your room, especially if they are up to no good. That also being said, never answer your door to an unexpected knock, and use the peephole before opening the door.

Traveling should be a time of fun, adventure, and relaxation for you and your family or friends. To avoid any security problems during your hotel stay, take these six tips into consideration. It is also a good idea to share them with whomever you are traveling with. A lot of security issues while traveling can be easily avoided by being a more alert traveler and taking caution during all activities.

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