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-keep an eye out for your luggage both to and from your hotel room.
-locate all fire exits, fire extinguishers and elevators.
-Do not use stairs to get to your room. Always take elevator. Any secluded part of hotel is never a good idea to be in i.e. stairwells, parking garages, dark hallways etc.
During your stay ...
-make sure windows and between-room door are all locked.
- use all locks on your door every time youíre in your room, especially dead bolt, flip lock or chain at night.
-put all valuables in room safe and make sure it is one that is bolted to floor. Never leave jewelry, credit cards or cash lying around your room.
-if someone knocks on your door, donít open it right away. Keep door shut and use peephole and ask person to identify themselves. If you donít know them, donít open door. If they claim to be hotel personnel or security, call down to front desk to make sure hotel sent them. If their story does not check-out and there is no reason for person to be there, tell them to go away and then notify front desk.
- Consider purchasing a portable room alarm. They can hang on inside door knob, or a floor device that sounds an alarm if your hotel door is opened. To get these room safety devices, go to http://www.safetyquestproducts.com/alarm.htm theyíre small and easy to travel with. They can fit into a pocket or purse.
- always leave Ďdo not disturbí tag on outside of your door.
- When leaving put lights and T.V. or radio on to let no one know you have left room and it is unoccupied.
-if you loose your key, report it immediately to hotelís front desk and ask to be moved to another room.
-immediately report any suspicious activity to Hotelís staff.
When you check-outÖ
-search through your belongings to make sure all forms of I.D. are safe and nothing is missing with personal information on it.
-request an escort to your vehicle in parking garage or lot.
-check inside of vehicle before getting in.
By following these hotel safety tips, you can increase your protection from a personal assault or theft. Making your business or vacation trip safer and being less of a target for a criminal.
Michelle Annese is a 3rd degree black belt with 15+ years experience teaching self defense and safety for women and children. She is the creator of The Realtor Survival Guide, Protection for Women , and The SafeGuard System for Kids. For more information on how to protect yourself and your family check out other articles by Michelle Annese at http://www.michelleannese.com and get her free weekly family safety e-newsletter.