Traveler’s Hotel Security


The sad fact is that criminals target travelers, especially in and around hotels. Extensive literature on the subject of hotel security does not seem to prevent criminals from using hotels as targets for their transactions. An informal survey of hotel security personnel shows that previous criminal patterns have occurred frequently, and new tricks (or new variants of old ones) continue to exist as before. However, some practices can reduce your risk of becoming a hotel crime or other endangering target.

starting point

Before you enter the hotel, consider the safe starting point of the hotel. If you drive to a hotel and park in their garage or parking lot, car safety, luggage protection and personal safety will be your starting point. If you arrive by taxi, your taxi safety and luggage check-in will be your starting point. In fact, unless you have been to a hotel recently, your starting point should be to make a phone call at home and ask a few questions. If the hotel is in a foreign country, the list of issues raised in advance will be more extensive. At least you should call to confirm your reservation; get a confirmation fax and write down the name of the person you are talking to.

Ask questions and where to ask

Based on my experience working with many hotels in the US and internationally

There are three questions to ask when choosing a safe hotel:

Are they electronic door locks? Are their keys controlled? Is there fire

Alarm and sprinkler system? “Usually, the only way to find out is

Call the hotel directly. The number one safety issue is who controls

Can enter the guest’s hotel room. Although we can install electronic locks and

The key control system that maintains tight control is that guests often relax their vigilance when they go out to the end of the hall to freeze or open the door to an intruder. “It is important to remember that the hotel is a public place and criminals are attracted to places where outsiders are vulnerable.”

What room to reserve

If possible, avoid staying in rooms on the first floor of the hotel. Because rooms on the first floor are usually equipped with sliding doors or windows that are accessible from the ground, they have a greater security risk than rooms on higher floors. In general, in the event of a fire, rooms on the second to fifth floors are a good choice because they are easier to enter for rescue purposes than higher-level rooms. But few people choose a room so simply. If you attend meetings or visits during busy seasons, the choice of rooms may be limited. A more expensive room does not guarantee you higher fire safety, because the most luxurious suites are usually located on the top floor of Key, so it is more difficult to escape in the fire. A room away from the ice machine or utility area will keep you from the noise of the corridor to a minimum

Traffic is crowded, and the rooms near the stairwell will provide an option for endless waiting for crowded elevators. Women who travel alone may wish to choose a room close to the surveillance camera in the lobby or stairwell to improve safety. Before settling into the assigned room, please confirm whether you can quickly enter the fire escape through the window or stairs.