Hotel security for travelers


The sad truth is that criminals target travelers, especially in and around hotels. The wealth of literature on hotel security does not seem to deter criminals from using hotels as targets for their trade. An unofficial survey of hotel security officers reveals old patterns of crime that are recurring, and new tricks (or new variations of old tricks) continue as before. However, there are several practices that can reduce the risk of becoming the object of crime or other types of hazards in a hotel.


The starting point for considering hotel security issues begins long before you check into the hotel. If you drive to a hotel and park in their garage or parking lot, automatic security, luggage security and personal security will be your starting point. When you arrive by taxi, your safety in the taxi and taking care of your luggage will be your starting point. In fact, if you have recently visited a particular hotel, the starting point should be a phone call from home to ask a few questions. If the hotel is in a foreign country, the list of questions to ask in advance will be wider. At a minimum, you need to call to confirm your reservations; get a confirmation fax and mark the name of the person you spoke to.


From my experience I work in many hotels across the US and internationally

There are three issues for choosing a safe hotel:

Are these electronic door locks? Is their key management good? And is there a fire

alarm and water spray system? “Usually the only way to find out is

by calling the hotel directly. The number one security issue is managing someone

has access to a guest hotel room. So far we can install electronic locks and

to keep the key control system under strict control are the guests themselves, who often let the guards down and do not close the door when they go out on the ice at the end of the hall or open the door to an uninvited intruder. “It’s important to remember that a hotel is a public place, and criminals are lured to places where outsiders are vulnerable.”


If possible, avoid staying in a room located on the ground floor of the hotel. Because rooms on the ground floor often have sliding doors or windows that can be reached from ground level, they pose a greater security risk than rooms on higher floors. Rooms from the second to the fifth floor are usually a good choice in case of fire, as they are easier to reach for rescue than rooms at higher levels. But rarely is the choice of room so simple. If you attend the convention or attend it during the busy season, the choice of rooms may be limited. And a more expensive room will not guarantee you greater fire safety, because the most luxurious suites are usually located on the upper floors, so the fire makes it harder for you to escape. Premises located away from the ice machine or farm minimize your exposure to noise in the hallway

traffic, and a room near the stairwell will be an alternative to the endless anticipation of crowded elevators. Women traveling alone may wish to choose a room near the hall or surveillance cameras on the stairwell for added security. Before settling into the room assigned to you, make sure that there is a quick enough access to the fire escape route through a window or stairs.