In this article I am going to discuss your safety while staying at hotels when you are close to home. In another article I will highlight your safety at International hotels.
You should start thinking safety when you are making your reservation. Most reservations are made on line, so try to find out what type of neighborhood the hotel is located in. Is it upscale, business, shopping? Hotels located in bigger cities tend to be in high rise type buildings, where hotels located in the suburbs usually have 3 to 5 floors. If you are staying at a hotel with fewer floors ask for a room that opens to a hallway instead of to the outside. If possible don’t accept a room on the ground floor. The experts say that rooms on the 3rd to 6th floor are the best. These are high enough to make them harder for someone to break in from the outside, but low enough for you to escape easier in the case of a fire.
When checking in, make sure that the desk is staffed 24 hours per day. Does the hotel have security cameras in public areas? The clerk should write your room number on the key card holder and not publicly announce that number, if they do ask for another room. Is access to guest rooms restricted to guests only? Are the hallways well lighted? The most important gauge of safety is you, do you feel safe in this hotel, if not leave and go somewhere else.
When walking into your room the first thing you should do is stop and lock your door. Then, if there is a balcony door, check it to make sure that it is locked and the locks are all working correctly. You should follow this procedure every time you enter your room. Check the escape routes from your room to the outside in case of a fire; most rooms usually have a fire escape diagram on room door.
If your room has a safe use it when leaving your room. If you have very valuable jewelry with you, and you shouldn’t when traveling, ask the front desk to lock it in their hotel safes. If you use the front hotel safes make a list of what you are putting into the safe and have someone at the hotel sign and verify the contents.
When leaving your room leave the TV on and put a do not disturb on the door, always double check the door to make sure that it is locked.
George Uliano is a security professional with years of law enforcement and security experience. He earned a Bachelors Degree in Criminal Justice and Business graduating with honors. George holds three U.S. patents on different locking principles. This combination gives George and His Company Locking Systems International Inc the unique ability to provide its customers with the correct security at an affordable price.