How to behave on vacation? Hotel Security Rules
Being on a long-awaited vacation, the last thing you want to do is worry about the safety of your hotel stay, but the reality is that your carelessness can lead to unpleasant consequences. For example, having finished exploring a charming resort town, you can return to your room and find that someone “searched” it very carefully. The impression of the trip will be hopelessly spoiled! Therefore, we advise you to recall the precautionary measures and study the safety rules at the hotel, which will ensure you a relaxing stay.
How to protect yourself before stopping at the hotel
Before you book a room in a hotel, you need to do “homework”. First, it would be nice to know what the general level of security in the country is, in particular, in the city that is the destination. For example, find answers to questions:
- Is there a threat of terrorism? Are terrorists often involved in local crimes?
- Are there any areas in this city that are more dangerous than others? In which of these areas is the hotel itself - in the busy business district of the city, in a high-class residential area, or in a seedy shopping area?
- Is it safe to walk the streets after dark? Is there a police station nearby?
You can find this information about the area on the Internet, according to reviews of residents and tourists, or in a good actual guidebook. And even if such precautions do not seem silly to you: all these factors can affect the likelihood of hacking to steal or attack during your stay at the hotel. By the way, you can visually assess the livability and external well-being of the area, simply by “walking” online using Google Maps.
Then you should find out what measures the hotel itself is taking in relation to the safety of its guests. Call the hotel in advance and ask if the front desk is serviced 24 hours a day, whether there is security and surveillance cameras in the room, rooms with a key or automatic card.
Make sure that you take with you an absolutely working mobile phone and charger, connect roaming or buy a tourist SIM card. Add important numbers to your contact list, such as the hotel’s reception desk phone, a nationwide emergency number (for example, 911 for the United States and Canada).
Registration and check-in at the hotel - safety rules
- If possible, give up the room on the first floor of the hotel. Security experts advise you to look at the rooms from the third to the sixth floor - it will be harder to hack you and nobody will look in the windows to you, but you will not find yourself outside the fire escape in case of fire.
- Immediately ask the employee at registration not to publicly announce the number of your room. Also check with the emergency emergency number.
- Arriving at your room, determine what could be the escape route from here in case of an emergency. Check the location of the nearest staircase and / or emergency exit - while keeping in mind that safety regulations involve avoiding elevators during a fire.In addition, decide on a possible exit plan in case the corridor is blocked in one direction or another.
- Immediately upon arrival, check the locks on the doors, windows and exit to the balcony, if there is one. If you find a fault, report it to the receptionist. By the way, locks should be checked every time you come into the room and leave it, because the attendants could open them and then forget to close them. If lanterns and lamps broke down in the hallway or in the parking lot, inform the administration to be replaced immediately. Also periodically inquire about the status of surveillance cameras.
Safety rules for staying at the hotel
When you are in the room, keep the door closed anyway. Do not open it even for a short time to run off for a moment. In addition, it also happens that the keys to other rooms may come up to yours, so at night, in order to avoid unexpected visits from intruders or simply inattentive neighbors, besides the key, close the room using other security elements of the door like a latch or chain.
Keep important and auxiliary items like a smartphone, wallet, flashlight, key / card next to the bed on the bedside table in the quick access area. Documents and valuables, as well as other valuables, are stored in a safe. However, remember that the safes in the rooms are not very reliable, and these safety rules in the hotel will not reduce all risks to you, therefore we advise you to carry the most valuable things with you, even documents and papers, or give them to a safe that is not you in the room, and at the reception at the duty officer.
If someone knocked into your room and claimed that it was the hotel staff, call the reception desk and make sure that a person was really sent to you. Before you open it, look through the peephole. The employee must always be dressed in the form of a hotel with a company badge and name. If in doubt, open the door, but leave the chain, or do not open at all.
Do not invite into your room those people with whom you just met. No one knows what is in the minds of strangers, therefore it is better to meet in a neutral territory, in a crowded place.
What to do when you leave the room: safety rules
When leaving the hotel, you can leave the TV or radio in the room, as well as not to remove the sign "Do not disturb" - these simple rules can help you to mislead the attacker, creating the illusion of your presence in the room.
You can also buy in online stores a special key-signaling. Attach it with one side to the edge of the entrance door or window, and put the keychain ring on the hook-sucker, attaching it to the adjacent wall. When you open the door, the ring will come off the keychain and trigger loud siren sounds that you will hear, even while in the shower. If you are not in the room, the alarm may simply frighten the thief.
Another practical advice that should be included in the hotel’s security rules: when leaving it, do not take an envelope from the key / card with the room number with you, just remember it. If you lose the card, even if you fall into the hands of an attacker, she will not tell him any information about what room she opens.
Traveling by yourself? Leave a note in the room, which indicates the places that you are going to visit today - if you get into trouble outside the hotel, it will be easier to find you.
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Always remember that in a foreign city and in a foreign country, especially without knowing the language, you become especially vulnerable. Careless tourists - a tasty morsel for local thieves, so beware. If you have proven tips on how to protect yourself on vacation, be sure to share them in the comments!See also: We are going on a trip: what must be in the travel first aid kit?