How To Stay Safe in a Hotel Room

Even if you’re not traveling to Kabul, it’s always a good idea to take safety precautions while traveling. Here are some tips.

Instructions

  • Step 1: Don’t keep your room number with your key.
  • Step 2: Use the chain or deadbolt lock to secure your room when you’re inside.
  • TIP: If you lose a key card, ask the hotel to deactivate the old card and issue a new one for you.
  • Step 3: If you feel like you’re being followed, take a roundabout route back to your room. If the person continues to follow you, go to the front desk and ask for someone to escort you to your room.
  • FACT: One survey found that many hotels didn’t change their safety and security procedures in the wake of 9/11.
  • Step 4: Don’t invite strangers to meet you in your room. If you’re meeting someone for the first time, do so in the lobby.
  • TIP: If a person appears at your door with a package to deliver, ask him to hold it at the front desk for you. You can claim it later when you’re safely in the lobby.
  • Step 5: Don’t open the door for strangers. Unless you’re expecting someone, keep the door closed.
  • Step 6: Book a room close to the stairway so you can get out quickly, if need be.
  • TIP: In general, try to get a room below the seventh floor—anything higher is beyond the reach of an average fire rescue ladder.
  • Step 7: Make sure your room has a balcony or window that can be accessed by a ladder in case your other exits are blocked.
  • Step 8: Don’t keep valuables out in the open in your room. If the room has a decent-looking safe, use it—or ask at the front desk for them to be deposited in the hotel safe.
  • TIP: Be warned that a hotel actually has only limited liability for theft—and that often only covers items deposited in _their_ safe, not the room’s.
  • Step 9: When booking your room, avoid the top or bottom floors. It’s best to be in between, where you’re not likely to be singled out as being rich (top floor) or having a room with an easy exit (bottom floor).

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