How Safe Are You as a Guest at a Hotel?

Are you traveling this holiday season? I am! Recently, a video that has gone viral on Youtube shows a hotel employee, presumably a housekeeper, going through guest belongings while allegedly cleaning the room. She is seen in the video searching through his luggage and attempting to log into his electronic devices.

The man who uploaded the video, Vince Stravix, states he posted the incident to make people aware that even in a hotel room, you can’t be safe. Watch it below.

This is a reminder to us that we are not always safe away from home. Be encouraged to take precaution when traveling on business or simply visiting friends & family over the holidays. Secure your belonging when staying in hotels rooms and password protect everything.

When I am on vacation, the last thing I should have to worry about is hotel security. Your hotel room becomes your home for the night, and is your sanctuary while you sleep.  But returning to your hotel room to see it has been ransacked, is definitely a way to make your trip one to remember.

It is important to give some thought about security planning. What hotel or motel are you going to select, and what room you are willing to accept? The cost of the hotel room is not always the best predictor of how safe the room will be. There are a few security rules of thumb that should apply to any hotel room you rent.

Hotel owners /management are responsible for the security and safety of their guests. They should provide their staff intensive training, and carefully screen all new employees. Hotels should be monitored and secured from any potential suspicious activity. Smoke alarms and fire sprinklers systems should also be monitored and tested periodically. Parking Lots, public areas and Lobbies should be well lit and have security surveillance.

Here are a few tips to help make you more secure while staying as a guest in a hotel:

  • Find out about the hotel’s own security measures. Call ahead and ask whether the front desk is staffed 24 hours a day, if there are security guards on the premises and if there are surveillance cameras in the public areas and/or lobbies.
  • Choose a hotel/motel that is protected by both smoke alarms and a fire sprinkler system. If the alarm sounds, leave right away, closing all doors behind you. Use the stairs — never use elevators during a fire.
  • Ask for a room that’s not on the ground floor (it’s too easy to break in). Many safety experts recommend staying between the third and sixth floors – where rooms are high enough to avoid easy break-ins, but low enough to be reached by fire engine ladders (I always ask for the top floor).
  • Don’t leave cash, travelers checks and expensive electronics and jewelry lying around the room.
  • Use the safe provided in the room to store keys, wallets, extra cash and credit cards, jewelry, and other small valuable items you are leaving in the room. If no safe is supplied, check with the front desk. They may have locked storage available for your use.
  • When you leave the room, leave the TV or radio on, or put your “Do Not Disturb” sign on the door (I always put the “Do Not Disturb” sign on the door); both of these tricks will give potential thieves the impression that you’re still there.
  • When returning to your room, be aware of what’s going on around you. Do not unlock the door if a stranger is standing nearby; keep walking past your door and return only when clear. Do not enter if the door is not locked or ajar. Ask for assistance from someone at the front desk.

By using your common sense and taking a few precautions while on the road, you can protect yourself and your loved ones from danger, and hang on to your possessions!