Security tips when staying in a hotel

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Local security practitioner Louis Grobler said there are certain security precautions one must take when staying over in a hotel.

“When travelling for business or pleasure, it may become necessary to stay over in a hotel or motel. Your hotel room becomes your home for the time spent there and is your sanctuary while you sleep. It is important to give some thought about security planning.

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There are a few security rules of thumb that should apply to any hotel room you rent,” said Grobler.

He has the following tips:

• Put the do-not-disturb sign on the doorknob even when you are away. This deters room burglars (it may affect housekeeping service, however).

• Turn on the TV or radio just loud enough to hear through the door to create the impression that the room is occupied.

• Leave one light on inside the room if you will return after dark. This helps you see what goes on inside when you re-enter it and also creates the impression that the room is occupied.

• Always go through the same room-inspection routine every time you re-enter.

• Women travelling alone should use caution when using the breakfast order door-knob hanger card as this lists the names and number of persons in the room. A smart crook can knock on the door posing as room service and use your name as a ruse to gain entry.

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The following should also be kept in mind:

• Always request a room on an upper floor, if possible

• A solid door with a good deadbolt lock is best

• Electronic card access locks help limit access

• Make sure your door has a peephole and night latch, and use it

• Inspect hiding places upon entering the room and check all locks

• Ask the bell man for an escort and use valet parking if alone

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