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July 14, 2009

Hotel Safety Tips for Business Travel or Vacation

19299321 More than one billion travelers stay at U.S. hotels every year. While most enjoy pleasant vacations and business trips, some fall victim to theft, burglary and even assault, crimes that several hotel security veterans say may rise during a recession as hotels cut employee hours and possibly security staff. “When traveling, people tend to be more attractive to thieves looking for easy targets and hotel security is usually the last thing on travelers’ minds as they check in to a hotel. But security and safety should be a concern for anyone staying in a hotel this summer,” says Jack Feingold, Vice President of ADT Security Services. To avoid becoming a victim of criminals or injured in an emergency, vacationers need to pay close attention to safety and security in their surroundings.

To reduce the risk of crime or injury during a hotel stay, travelers should follow these safety tips:

  • Avoid rooms with ground- or second-level windows. When possible, choose a room between the third and sixth floors. Rooms on these floors are high enough to discourage access from the street, yet are within reach of most fire-department ladders.
  • Remember to always close and lock your door. Make it a habit to use all locks, including the deadbolt and chain. If you choose to stay in a room that faces pools or beach areas, make sure your sliding doors and windows have sturdy locks.
  • Park in well-lit areas and as close to the hotel as possible. Many hotel thefts take place in parking lots and structures, so finding a well-lit area to park your car is essential. If possible, use valet parking services.
  • Take note of the hotel’s emergency evacuation plan. As soon as you enter your room, take time to look at the hotel’s emergency escape plan and make a mental note of the nearest emergency exit and how to get there.

Taking a few minutes to think about hotel security is not only crucial to a fun, relaxing vacation; it is one of the best safety choices travelers can make.

(Source: ADT Security Services)

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