7 Ways to Stay Safe in Hotels
It’s not enough to rely on hotels’ security measures. Here, 7 hotel safety tips for the savvy traveller.
Travellers understand that reputable hotels do their utmost to ensure their guests’ safety. However, as female guests, we can’t rely simply on hotels’ security measures. We, too, need to remain vigilant. It may be as simple as asking a hotel employee to park the car in the underground lot at night for you. Here, more tried and true ways to remain a savvy traveller.
Be social media-savvy
While it’s fun to tell your friends on Facebook that you’re enjoying a wonderful hotel stay, be sure that your settings don’t allow thieves to be reading this information as well. The best way to ruin a holiday is to come back to a burglarized house. Save all your announcements and photo postings for when you are safely and soundly home.
When registering at a hotel online, keep your gender a secret. Skip the Ms. or Mrs. in front of your name. Register with your first initial and surname.
Location, location, location
Request a change of your room if you feel it is necessary. Never accept ground floor rooms that have access via a balcony or fire escape. The end of a long, isolated corridor should be avoided. A room too close to an elevator or exit offers criminals an easy getaway.
Once your room has been assigned, make sure that the desk clerk never says your room number out loud. Potential criminals stationed in the area wait for just these breaches of security. Avoid giving your hotel room number, even to associates if you are travelling on business. Simply suggest you’ll meet them in the hotel lobby.
Be your own security advocate
Ensure all windows and doors can be bolt-locked from the inside and can’t be unlocked with a regular pass key. But be proactive and inquire whether the room can always be opened by hotel staff in case of a medical emergency or other dangerous situation.
Even if someone identifies himself as security, never open your door. Instead, ask their name and call the front desk to verify that they are indeed who they say they are.
There’s no harm relaxing in the lounge, but drink moderately and never leave your beverage unattended. Social deviants may drop in date rape drugs, leaving you completely vulnerable to be preyed on. On the positive side, there is now a product to test your own drink and foil these wrong-doers. Go to www.drinksafetech.com.
Evelyn Hannon is the editor of www.journeywoman.com, the largest online travel resource for women. Her newsletter connects 65,000 women worldwide.