by Tracy Vega
Start with the basics:
1. Always be aware of your surroundings at all times. Trust your instincts, if it does not look right, it’s NOT!
2. Don’t let the front desk attendant publicize your room number. If he or she announces it out loud when giving you your key, ask for a different room.
3. Avoid staying on the first floor. Many safety experts recommend staying somewhere between the third and sixth floors — where rooms are high enough to be difficult to break into, but not so high that they’re out of the reach of most fire engine ladders.
4. Keep the door to your room locked at all times. If you are inside the room, turn the deadbolt and fasten the security chain.
5. Check the locks on the windows (and balcony door, if applicable) as soon as you arrive, and notify the front desk if any are not functioning. It’s a good idea to check these locks again each time you return to the room, as housekeeping may open them and forget to close them again.
6. If you travel often, consider buying a portable alarm system like a security door stop alarm for added protection. Since many workers have access to your room, these movement-sensitive devices can awaken you if someone should open the door. If you don’t have one, place a chair under the door knob.
7. When you leave your hotel room, pull the door completely closed behind you. Make sure the latch has engaged. Take a moment before you leave to try the door and make sure it is closed and locked.
8. Do not open your door to strangers. Use the security viewport to see who is outside your door. Do not trust someone claiming to be a hotel employee if you are not expecting one. If you are unsure, call the front desk to check. Leave the security chain engaged while opening the door for further protection.
9. When you leave the room, leave the TV or radio on, or put your “Do Not Disturb” sign on the door; both of these tricks will give potential thieves the impression that you’re still there. (You can contact the front desk to arrange a housekeeping visit even if the “Do Not Disturb” sign is up.)
10. The hotel parking lot and hallways should be well lit. Report any outages to the front desk and ask for a security escort if you feel unsafe.
11. When entering or leaving the hotel after dark, use the main entrance.
12. When approaching your room be aware of anyone hanging around close by. Many attackers push their victims from behind into their own room. Now the attacker has you in the room all alone.
Remember Safety Can Be Simple!
Tracy Vega has 20 years experience in marketing and working for fortune 500 companies. She is the winner of the 3rd Annual Power Women Magazine & Radio Show “Woman of the Year” award for 2012 and the June 2012 “Wednesdays’ Woman of the Month” for Every Way Woman Radio Talk Show. Tracy designed the ultra-modern TV studio and created the trademarked company logo. Tracy is an experienced martial artist who is also the business manager who is responsible for market development, contract acquisition and social media. She is a regular blogger for the company, Balancing Act on Lifetime television and the Ricki Lake TV Show. Tracy’s professionalism has awarded her the support of many major corporations who are investing in the personal safety of women as clients and corporate sponsors which include American Signature Furniture, Vince Carter’s Embassy of Hope Foundation, State Farm, Halifax Hospital, Embry Riddle University, Bethune Cookman University, Ashworth Medical, Florida Hospital Memorial Center, Edward Jones Investments, Bright House Networks, University of Central Florida, The Daytona Beach Police Department and numerous others.