For frequent travelers, hotel security is one of their top priorities. It has become their concern when they travel especially for solo female travelers. Most travelers nowadays are women and they are more vulnerable than men. In order to avoid being robbed or raped especially women, one must take extra precautions. Here are some practical tips on how to safe. Both men and women solo travelers abroad can benefit from these tips.
Tips on How to Stay Safe in A Hotel
- Upon your arrival at the hotel, stay with your luggage or keep your luggage nearby. Hotel lobby is always busy and there are many people buzzing even thieves are just lurking around looking for target victims. Don't let anyone carry your luggage if someone offers aside from hotel staff. But you also have to be careful, don't let hotel staff deliver your luggage ahead in your room.
- Choose hotel rooms located on the third and sixth floors. Ground floor rooms are easy to break in that's why experts recommends upper floor rooms which are high enough to avoid break-ins.
- When checking in, don't use your first name. It's one of the simplest ways of keeping your personal information private. Just give your first initial and last name. For solo female travelers, it is better that you use "Mrs" not "Miss" to give impression that you’re not traveling alone.
- During check in, don't put your credit or debit card on the counter. Thieves can capture the numbers with a good camera. After handed back it to you, make sure that it's your card and not someone else’s or fake card.
- In your room, if you are accompanied by a valet, don't close the hotel room or block the door. Check the closet, behind the curtains and the comfort room before you close the door and release the valet.
- Check the door lock to ensure that it's functioning properly. Always make sure that the door has a deadbolt and lock it all the time. However, hotel rooms with electronic card-entry systems are safer than those with doors that can be opened with keys. They can easily be copied by thieves.
- Check the phone inside your room if it's working. Try to call the front desk or use your cellphone to call the front desk if their number is really working. Also try asking the front desk for the room number. If they give you the room number, it's a red flag. Your expected response should be, "Let me connect you".
- You can use a door wedge to secure the door especially when you're in the shower or sleeping. Sometimes crooks are hired by hotel staff and they give spare key rooms to have access to all hotel rooms. It's better to be prepared. Such criminals attack when they hear guests in the shower.
- Avoid anyone peeping inside your room by covering the peephole on the door with bandage. It's an easy way for thieves to catch a glimpse in your room.
- Always place a flashlight by the bed. If there's an electricity shortage, you'll have a light with you to navigate your way out.
- When you leave your room, always lock valuable items and gadgets in the hotel safe and make sure that you have a written receipt of the items. Some hotels don’t accept liability for lost items except for those inside the hotel safe.
- When you leave your room, always put the "Do Not Disturb" sign on your door knob and leave the TV on. You want to give the impression that the room occupant is inside the room and sound like there are people taking because of the TV sound.
- If you lose your room key or room entry card, you have to report it immediately and ask to move to another room.