When you're traveling for business or pleasure, make sure you remember these safety tips provided by the American Hotel and Motel Association:
- Don't answer the door in a hotel or motel room without first verifying the identity of the person at the door. If the person claims to be an employee, call the front desk and ask if someone from their staff is supposed to have access to your room and for what purpose.
- When returning to your hotel or motel late in the evening, use the main entrance of the hotel. Be observant and look around before entering parking lots.
- Close the door securely when you are in your room and use all of the locking devices provided.
- Don't needlessly display guest room keys in public or carelessly leave them on restaurant tables, at the swimming pool, or other places where they can be easily stolen.
- Do not draw attention to yourself by displaying large amounts of cash or expensive jewelry.
- Don't invite strangers to your room.
- Place all valuables in the hotel or motel's safe deposit box.
- Do not leave valuables in your vehicle.
- Check to see that any sliding glass doors or windows and any connecting room doors are locked.
- If you see any suspicious activity, please report your observations to the management.
- Discretely carry a map and be familiar with the area you are visiting. Plan trips in advance.
- Don't leave purses or pocketbooks on the back of a chair when dining out; keep them in your lap and insight.
- Keep your wallet in the front pocket of pants or a jacket pocket, not in the rear pocket.