12 Little-Known Tips to Avoid Hotel Room Theft

12 Little-Known Tips to Avoid Hotel Room Theft

When you’re finally on vacation, the only thing on your brain is fun. But keep in mind that you might become a prime target for thieves, who love to hit that cozy hotel room you’ve settled in! Now and then magazines, newspapers, and websites publish lists of the safest and the most dangerous travel destinations. But in fact, there’s always a chance of being robbed or attacked in any country in the world.

Yep, a trip to some places might be not as peaceful as tourist tour guides say, so you should know how to stay safe while traveling. About 42% of people who were victim to hotel theft left their belongings lying around the room; 45% didn’t use the in-room safe; and almost 30% were bathing, lounging in the room, or sleeping when the theft happened. How can you outsmart the bad guys and keep your stuff safe?

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Leave your prized possessions at home 0:27
Don’t assume that in-room safes are foolproof 0:53
Use a lock for your electronics 1:53
Ask for a room on a higher floor 2:23
Keep your room tidy 2:57
Make your room look occupied 3:43
Locke the door every time you leave your room 4:13
Lock up everything when you get ready for bed 4:47
Keep the “Do Not Disturb” sign on your door 5:32
Don’t use a copy of the key 6:13
Don’t flaunt your money 6:47
Always be on the alert 7:08

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– Even if you’ve decided to leave your precious things at home, you still probably have your passport, cash, and debit or credit cards with you. Luckily, most hotel rooms have a safe where you can store your valuables.
– Let’s say you’ve decided to lug that laptop with you. Maybe your job requires you to take work with you on vacation. Just attach it to something immobile like a piece of furniture or a radiator.
– By all means, try to avoid a first-floor room, especially if it doesn’t face the hotel’s parking lot. If first-floor rooms are the only ones available, it’d better be one that opens to the hotel courtyard or even interior hallway.
– Always lock your things and souvenirs away in suitcases, even if you’re just going out for a few hours. You can also take security luggage cables with you – they’ll let you tie your bags to some stationary thing.
– Make your room look and sound occupied even when you’re out. You can leave the radio or TV on, and don’t switch the lights off.
– Don’t leave your door open or even slightly ajar if you make a short trip down the hall to, I don’t know, help some elderly person with their bags or something.
– Lock up everything you can, not only before you go out but also when you get ready for bed. By “everything” I mean the room door, balcony doors, and windows. In a lot of hotels, balconies are right next to each other, and a thief can easily climb across to get to your room.
– Keep the “Do Not Disturb” sign on your door at all times. Obviously, it’ll keep the cleaning staff out of your room. But it also helps prevent someone else from sneaking into your room while it’s being freshened up.
– Ask for a new set of electronic keys, not a duplicate, if you’ve lost yours. This way, the lock on your door will get reprogrammed, so anybody who finds your lost key (or the person who purposely took it!) can’t get in.
– Don’t count your cash anywhere in public. Also, even if you’ve bought something awesome, don’t pull it out of your bag to show your friends or travel companions.
– Always be on the alert. If you hear someone knock on your door saying that they’re from the hotel staff while you haven’t asked for room service, call the front desk.

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