Last Updated on September 5, 2022 by Rose Morah
When going on business trips, it is important to be cautious about your personal security.
In this article, we have listed some important hotel safety tips to consider during your business travels.
Related: How To Prepare For A Business Trip.
- Best hotel safety tips for business travelers
- 1. Do proper safety research on your destinations
- 2. Avoid ground-floor hotel rooms
- 3. Find out if the hotel has any monitoring security software
- 4. Take extra care of your luggage throughout the check-in process
- 5. Carefully inspect the hotel room
- 6. Leave extremely valuable in the safe box.
- 7. Leave a ‘Do not disturb’ card when you are not in the room
- 8. Buy a portable travel-safe
- 9. Be extra cautious
- 10. Always use a door stopper when going to the shower or to sleep
Best hotel safety tips for business travelers
1. Do proper safety research on your destinations
First of all, before you travel, make sure that you have done a good amount of research on any tourist threats and the common crimes in the places you intend to visit.
And another thing, before choosing the hotel that you will be staying in during your visit, perhaps you could use Yelp to get more information about the hotel.
The tool allows you to read various hotel reviews, including the safety and the surrounding environment, from people who have actually been there.
2. Avoid ground-floor hotel rooms
When booking a hotel room, make sure that you ask for a room that is a few floors up but not too high in case of an emergency, such as a fire.
The ground floor rooms are riskier because intruders can easily access them.
3. Find out if the hotel has any monitoring security software
Before you book a hotel room, first find out if the hotel can identify real-time hotel crimes, especially if you are traveling to a country with high criminal cases.
Over the past years, most hotels have always relied on cameras and TVs for security monitoring. These are, however, not consistently accurate in detecting real-time hotel criminal activities.
And for that reason, hotels have now shifted to using advanced software systems with video cameras that can recognize and immediately alert the hotel security team on real-time criminal activities.
The advanced software will immediately alert the security team when criminal activity is happening in the hotel’s parking area.
4. Take extra care of your luggage throughout the check-in process
Some travelers have reported having lost some of their luggage before entering their hotel rooms.
Therefore, a good rule of thumb is never to let yourself be distracted and lose sight of your luggage, especially when speaking to a front desk employee.
And last but not least, when speaking to the front desk employee, always place your suitcase between yourself and the desk.
5. Carefully inspect the hotel room
When you finally get in your hotel room, before settling down, first make sure that the windows and doors have functional locks.
And then again, check the telephone to ensure they are working in case of an emergency. You can’t afford to take this for granted.
6. Leave extremely valuable in the safe box.
Whenever you want to step out of the hotel room and don’t think it will be safe to leave your most valuable items, in the hotel safe.
If the hotel does not have a hotel safe make sure that you leave these items at the front desk if you don’t want to carry them. But even more importantly, ensure that you also get a written receipt of the items.
7. Leave a ‘Do not disturb’ card when you are not in the room
When you are not in your hotel room, always try to give the illusion that someone is still in the room.
For instance, you can do this by keeping the “Do not disturb” card on the door or leaving the television on.
This can, without a doubt, be a great way to prevent intruders from accessing your room.
8. Buy a portable travel-safe
This is for those travelers who need the extra protection of their items.
You can get a decent travel safe that can be locked on a fixed pole or surface in the hotel room for that extra safety.
But then again, if you have something bigger that cannot fit in your travel safe, you could consider putting it in your suitcase. You can then lock the case and use a small chain to secure it onto a piece of furniture.
Although this might not guarantee maximum safety, since someone could easily break it open, especially if the burglar is an internal employee, they probably wouldn’t want to leave any evidence behind.
9. Be extra cautious
Let’s take a scenario.
Sometimes you might receive a strange call from someone stating that they need to repair something in your room or anything else.
A word of caution: First, make sure that you get their full name, then go ahead and call the front desk for verification.
10. Always use a door stopper when going to the shower or to sleep
There are many cases where travelers have reported buglers entering the hotel rooms using spare keys and stealing purses, wallets, and laptops.
Therefore, a door stopper would keep everyone from accessing your room, including those who have the key.
You can also use an auxiliary lock or a travel door lock for extra security.
All the best! Safe travels.