Travel Advice - Lodging security
People often consider their vacation rooms to be “safe places”. In
general, they are but you can help make them safer by observing a few
- Keep your room door locked and bolted (use all the security latches
that are available) while you are in the room. If you have a room at a
bed and breakfast, make sure that you use the door lock to secure your
room at all times. If the security lock in your room locks from the
inside with a key, consider keeping your key in the lock, so that you
can open the door in case of an emergency (doing so also helps to find
- Do not agree to meet people in your room or at the elevators on your
- Meet your visitors in the main lobby. The inconvenience of doing
so is far exceeded by the decrease in exposure to potentially
- Avoid entering elevators if any passenger makes you feel
uncomfortable. If the other passengers concern you, take another
- Pretend that you have forgotten something, turn around, and walk
the other way.
- Be vigilant while using stairwells.
- If you are alone in a stairwell, be aware of your surroundings.
If anything makes you uncomfortable, exit the stairwell immediately.
- Finally, make sure you study the instructions in your room regarding
fire safety and the possible need for evacuation.
- Know how to report a fire, know the location of the nearest two
- Walk from your room to the nearest exit to familiarize yourself
with the “look and feel” of the emergency pathway.
- Remember, if there is a fire, you may have to crawl through a dark
and smoky hallway: note the number of doors between you and the
- If you are staying in a small hotel or a bed and breakfast that does
not provide a map of suggested exit routes, plan you own path.
- Make sure that the door that you will exit from can be opened in
- If you use the in-room safe, keep it closed at all times.
- Remove what you need for your next outing when you are ready to
leave the room.
- Although managing your use of the safe is inconvenient, training
yourself to do so will ensure that you do not leave the room with the
safe unlocked or your valuables scattered around the room.
- Remember, costly or irreplaceable valuables should not be taken on
- If you are traveling with “real” valuables, check to see if the
hotel has a “real” safe. The in-room safes are designed to foil only
those who would casually steal objects that they see (primarily hotel
staff) and do not stand a chance against a real thief.
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