7 Hotel Security Tips

Hotel hallwayMost survival tips are designed to help make your home more secure, like some kind of armageddon-proof fortress. And that’s a great thing…

What many of these guidelines fail to realize, however, is that a person is much more vulnerable outside of their home, in unfamiliar territory so to speak. Especially when you’re traveling…

If you’ve ever been the victim of a pickpocket, mugging, or theft, you probably weren’t in your own home. Opportunistic criminals make a habit of targeting travelers, precisely because tourists are generally unfamiliar with their surroundings and a little disoriented. They’re easy targets and they stick out like a sore thumb.

Recently, I came across this list of hotel/motel security tips and it got the wheels turning…

Here are the top 7:

  1. Select a hotel room on the third to fifth floor which will generally keep you out of reach of criminal activity from the street but still within reach of most fire truck ladders.
  2. Familiarize yourself with escape routes in case of fire or other catastrophe.
  3. Avoid discussing your business or travel plans and movements during your stay, especially in public areas where they may be overheard.
  4. Do not discuss your room number while standing in the lobby.
  5. Do not leave your room key on restaurant or bar tables.
  6. Use the door chain or bolt lock whenever you are in your room.
  7. Use the door viewer (peephole) before opening the door to visitors.

Read all 10 at the Modern Survival Blog, HERE.

What are your best hotel and traveling security tips? Together, we create a comprehensive list of travel security tips! Leave yours in the comments section.

I’m always amazed at the unique and resourceful ideas that Patriot Caller readers like you come up with.


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  1. Fred richardson

    Number one on my list! Don’t leave valuables, money, jewelry, cameras, in your room. Take them with you or deposit in hotel safe!

    Number two! Before going to bed hide your money/wallet under mattress, regardless of how many locks you have on the door.

  2. Don’t stay in hotels with exterior room entrances. Those are easy to observe from the street. I had my room hit during a brief absence because it was being watched.

  3. I always cover the peep hole with a piece of duck tape I bring with me…well you can laugh but it makes me feel like no one can peep in! I also use a door alarm. [which I think I purchased from Travel Smith?]

    I hide my cash and credit cards in my bra that is in my suitcase about half way threw the pile that is folded..Men could hide their cash/credit card in their briefs. Again about in the middle of your briefs.

    Leave expensive jewerly at home.

    Keep copies of forms from prying eyes by making sure you lock your briefcase before going to sleep. And each time you leave the room! Lock up your electronics in your briefcase when you leave the room- never leave anything valuable out in plain site.

    Lock your keypad on your cell , if a theif does come across it they are less likely to steal it if they can’t use it-keep the keypad locked at all times while the cell isn’t in use.

    Never keep your luggage,briefcase,ect in one area. Scatter it around the room…makes it harder for a theif. [If you are organized like me try not to let it drive you nuts!]

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