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Hotel Security Basics
Choosing a hotel that is designed to be safe is an important consideration. Not all hotels are built or operated the same way. Staying in a hotel that takes guest security seriously is the first step to making your stay safe and enjoyable.
Access to the hotel building should be limited to guests and employees. Well lit and visible areas around the building are important, as is a staff that is on duty 24-hours a day. The staff should also respect guest privacy and use care when giving out room numbers and other private information.
The design of the room itself is also a key factor. The room door should be solid metal with a modern electronic lock. Peepholes and secure deadbolts should be standard, in addition to a room phone that allows easy calling in an emergency.
There are several procedures that should be followed when checking into hotels. Upper-level rooms have a statistically lower rate of crime. Rooms that are not end units or near fire stairs are also statistically safer. A room near the elevator on a top floor is a good choice.
When entering the hotel room, a quick safety check should always be done. Make sure that the door locks work properly. All sliding doors and windows should be secure. Be sure that there is nobody hiding in the room, and lock the main door as soon as you enter.
Staying alert and aware is important to travel safety. This applies directly to hotel security. Don't show cash or jewelery, and do not leave it visible in the room. Valuables should be placed in the hotel room safe, or safety deposit box. Keep the room key to yourself and do not let others see it.
When leaving the room, leave several lights turned on. The TV or radio can also be kept on. This makes the room appear occupied and deters theft. Main entrances should be used when entering and exiting the building, especially at night. Never open the hotel room door to an uninvited person.
Following these basic guidelines will help keep stress and problems to a minimum, making travel an enjoyable and safe escape.
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