For those of you have been anxiously waiting - here it is! Part three of Surefire Safety: Hotel Safety.
You check into your hotel room in a strange city and head to your seemingly safe room. But how safe is it really? Does the housecleaning staff look suspicious? Did someone in the lobby overhear your room number? A million questions can be asked but in order to answer all of them simple safety measures can be taken....
- Don't use the door hanger to order breakfast. - This provides passersby the opportunity to determine if there is only one person in the room
- Look for the exits when you enter a crowded place.
- Ask for another room if the hotel representative tells you aloud what your room number is.
- Ask for two keys, even if you are travelling alone. - This indicates you are not alone and helps in case you lose your key.
- Always request a room with NO adjoining door to another room.
- Make sure you lock the door to the adjoining room if you must stay in one.
- Ask the hotel to call a cab for you.
- Don't stay in a hotel with doors to the outside.
- Carry a can of mace.
- Stay at hotels instead of motels.
- Request a room on the second or higher floor.
- Don't be paranoid- be alert.
- Just because your hotel is in a "safe" area stay alert.
- Refrain from going to the bar alone or drinking alone.
Here are some easy to follow room guidelines:
- Request a room near the elevator and away from renovation work.
- Door should have double locks and a peephole
- Bring along a rubber door stop to slide under the door so no one can get in.
- If your bag is stolen from the hotel, have the hotel management look for it.
- Hang the 'do not disturb' sign on your door.
Guidelines when choosing a hotel:
- Smaller is smarter
- Choose a well-trafficked street or a residential area
- Ask a female employee (other than one in reservations) if she walks around at night
- Reception desk should be near the hotel entrance
- Should be privacy for guests checking in
- Room numbers should be written on the key envelope, never said outloud
- Parking lot should be well lit and secure.
- Valet parking is even better