Safety Tip of the Week: Hotel Security

This post is courtesy of Kathleen Kuck, who guest blogged for Attacking the Page in September.  I would never have thought of some of these tips.  Thanks, Cass!

Read Kathleen’s post on Handguns and Your Character.

  • Look at user type of reviews on line to see if this hotel is in a good neighborhood.  Most reviews include some of the safety of the area and what they saw as problems.
  • Ask someone in the area you might know for recommendations for a safe hotel.
  • Ask if the room will have a peep hole and a deadbolt lock. Bar lock is a plus also.
  • If you are a female traveling alone book your room under MR. and MRS. or just 1st initial.
  • Tell the check in clerk to write room number down and to not announce it to the lobby.
  • Try not to be on the ground floor with windows that open to the outside.
  • Try to get a room that faces interior hallways or courtyard not the parking lot.
  • Don’t use any public area computers for personal or secure internet things.  Many business center computers are vulnerable to keyloggers and pose a great risk.
  • Don’t leave your laptop in your room unless you must and then only with a cable lock. Set a password for your computer prior to leaving it if you don’t have one set. If a crook can get access to your computer he can get all the info off of it quickly. Cable lock computer and then put it in the computer bag and lock the bag.
  • Most WI-FI’s at the hotels are not real secure and nothing should be sent that is secret.
  • Never open up your door to any stranger and use all the locks on the door while in room.
  • Don’t open the door just because someone says security or maintenance.  Get the employee’s name and call the front desk to confirm before opening the door.
  • Avoid giving out your room number to anyone you meet in the bar or the trip.
  • Avoid leaving jewelry or credit cards in the room.
  • Crooks only need to write down your credit card number and your security code.
  • Employees do have a way to open the safe in the room.
  • Some offer safety deposit boxes at the counter. Employees might have access still.
  • Lock your baggage if possible. (Airline locks are fine)
  • Avoid the scam this is the front desk calling please update your credit card information.
  • Never leave the plastic keys when you checkout. They can contain personal information.
  • If possible request a room closest to the elevators, more foot traffic, less secluded, more opportunity for crook to be seen
  • Try to avoid a room above the 10th floor; fire equipment usually does not reach that high.

4 responses to “Safety Tip of the Week: Hotel Security

  1. Great list, Kathleen. It’s filled with many good tips that one needs to keep in mind when staying at a hotel. I will be using it for my next conference I attend.

    Here’s a couple I use as well when staying at a hotel that has the credit card style key card:
    *Like going to your car in a mall, have your room key ready to use before you get to the room.
    *If you stay in a hotel that insists that you return the key card, find a magnetic calendar or a magnet and run it across the magnetic strip on the back of the card. This should destroy the magnetic information stored on the card. Unfortunately, there is no guarantee that it will destroy all of the information. The best bet is to take the card with you like the tip above states.

    I found myself at a hotel in Natchitoches that flat out refused to let me keep the card. My only option was to watch the clerk reprogram the thing while I watched. Still, I was not sure it was done, but so far, no one has used any of my personal information yet.

    Dennis H. Clarkston
    AKA Clark Stone

  2. As someone who always travels alone, I follow the tips above closely–except I love being on the tippy-top floor–I have a thing for heights and the wonderful view up there! Another tip: don’t take/wear all your best jewelry!! Thanks for posting, everyone needs to be aware of the simple things they can do to protect themselves away from home.

  3. Nicole Schilling

    This was soooo useful!! thanks!

  4. Hello there! Do you know if they make any plugins to protect against hackers?

    I’m kinda paranoid about losing everything I’ve worked hard
    on. Any suggestions?

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