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Hotel crime rises in recession

This is a really surprising fact that I read about in USA Today.  Crime is never something that comes to mind when I’ve stayed @ a hotel. Definitely makes you think, especially when you reflect on situations like the “Craigslist Killer”. The article included some information from crime experts suggesting what you should do to prevent yourself from becoming a victim. Very prudent info to keep in mind as we enter into the Summer travel season.-!YG

  • Before booking a hotel, make sure that guest-room doors have multiple locks, including a deadbolt.
  • Consider using a valet, or park your car in a well-lit area as close as possible to the hotel lobby. Before getting out of the car, scan the parking lot for any possible assailants. Lock the car and do not leave any valuables inside.
  • In high-rise hotels, request a room on the third floor or above.
  • If hotel personnel mention your room number during check-in or another time during your stay, ask for another room.
  • Don’t enter an elevator if someone inside seems suspicious.
  • Don’t open the room door to anyone without verification from the front desk, and do not use your name when answering the phone.
  • Make sure you know how to use the phone in your room and that you can dial 911.
  • Place all valuables in the in-room safe.
  • Hang the “do not disturb” sign on the door and leave a light and radio or TV on when leaving.
  • At night or any time there’s concern about safety, request a hotel staff member to accompany you to your room to inspect it.
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