On the whole, hotels are safer than they've ever been. 100 years ago, it was not uncommon for theft to occur at some of the nicest hotels in the world. However, while things have gotten much better, travelers still are a frequent target for criminals, and there are few better places to reach them than at hotels.
To prevent yourself from becoming a victim, pay attention to these seven vital hotel safety tips.
These are the easiest rooms to break into—and not just from windows. It's easy for unauthorized individuals to walk into a large hotel and find ways to enter rooms.
Since many hotels now require elevator access keys, you automatically reduce the threat by staying on a higher floor.
Overall, most experts advise staying between the third and sixth floors. These are high enough to avoid break-ins while still low enough for the fire ladder to reach in case of an emergency.
Hotel WiFi and public WiFi is generally unsafe. To start, you have no idea who has access to all the sensitive data like your banking information that you may be routing through hotel networks. Likewise, cybercriminals could have implanted malware like keyloggers on them as well.
Anytime you connect to a hotel network, be sure to use a VPN. What is a VPN? A VPN is a virtual private network that encrypts the connection between your devices and the websites you visit. This means nobody can track what you're doing. In addition, you can also use a VPN to bypass network restrictions the hotel may have on streaming and other platforms.
The same also goes for cafes, airports, restaurants, and other forms of public WiFi.
You have no idea just how easy it is for someone to get into your room. While it is less likely that housekeeping would burglarize your belongings, somebody can impersonate you to ask for access to your room.
These days, most hotels have safes. Use them! Put your valuables like computers, passports, cash, or anything else you need to protect. If the hotel doesn't offer a safe, you may keep things with a front desk. Make sure you get a receipt and ticket if you decide to deposit any item for safekeeping there.
Burglars will rarely aim to target a room with someone in it. Why would they risk getting caught? Leave the do not disturb sign on the door, even if you're leaving. In addition, leave a TV or radio playing at a moderate volume. This gives the impression somebody is in the room and that the thieves should look elsewhere!
Power outages, especially if you're traveling in the developing world, happen more often than you realize. If there is a fire or another emergency, you'll need a way to see where you're going.
With your phone or a flashlight handy, you'll be able to navigate the darkness to safety.
Most hotel door locks automatically. But sometimes they don't close perfectly. Even if you're only leaving your room to go down to the lobby, always make sure your door is locked and closed.
When you are in the room, be sure to have the deadbolt locked. There's no better way to guarantee both your security and privacy in case housekeeping walks in while you're indisposed.
This applies throughout your entire travel process, but especially when you arrive at your hotel. By that point, you may be tired, dirty, and stressed out. It's so easy to leave bags unattended or your credit card sitting on the counter. The same goes when you're rushing out the door about to miss your flight.
Take a few extra moments here and there to ensure all your belongings are accounted for. You'll not only improve your safety but also reduce your stress levels. Talk about a perfect travel win-win!
After so many months of lockdown, the world is finally opening again. Even the most seasoned travelers are out of practice. Stay safe and follow these tips to ensure you have the amazing travel experience you deserve.