Last Updated on October 29, 2022 by Rose Morah
When going on a business trip, it is important to know how to take care of your own safety when checking into a hotel.
In this article, we will be discussing important hotel safety tips to consider during your business trip.
Related: How To Prepare For A Business Trip.
- Best hotel safety tips for business travelers
- 1. Do proper research prior to your visit
- 2. Avoid ground-floor hotel rooms
- 3. Find out if the hotel has any monitoring security systems
- 4. Take extra care of your luggage throughout the check-in process
- 5. Carefully inspect the hotel room
- 6. Leave valuables 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 research prior to your visit
Before setting out, 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 you make your hotel booking, visit Yelp to get more information about the hotel.
Yelp allows you to read different hotel reviews, including the safety of the hotel and the surrounding environment, from people who have actually been there.
2. Avoid ground-floor hotel rooms
When booking a hotel room, you could ask for a room that is a few floors up but not too high, just in case of an emergency such as a fire.
Most ground-floor rooms tend to be riskier because they are easily accessible by intruders.
3. Find out if the hotel has any monitoring security systems
Most hotels rely on cameras and TVs for security monitoring. However, these are not accurate in detecting real-time hotel criminal activities.
However, hotels that use advanced software systems and video cameras are able to recognize and immediately alert the hotel security team on real-time criminal activities.
4. Take extra care of your luggage throughout the check-in process
I know of people who lost their luggage even before entering their hotel rooms.
A good rule of thumb is to never let yourself be distracted and lose sight of your luggage, especially when speaking to a front desk employee.
And when speaking to the front desk employee, always place your suitcase between yourself and the desk.
5. Carefully inspect the hotel room
After checking in, make sure that the windows and doors have functional locks before settling down.
Ensure also that the telephone is working well in case of any emergency. You can’t afford to take that for granted.
6. Leave valuables in the safe box
Whenever you want to step out of the hotel room but feel that your most valuable items are not safe, ensure that you leave them in the safe box.
But if the hotel doesn’t have a safe, then leave these items at the front desk if you don’t want to carry them and ensure that you get a written receipt for 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.
You can do this by keeping the “Do not disturb” card on the door or leaving the television on.
This can help keep off intruders.
8. Buy a portable travel-safe
For those who need extra protection for their items, you can get a decent travel safe that can be locked on a fixed pole or surface in the hotel room.
But if you want to lock something bigger, you could consider putting it in your suitcase then lock the case and use a small chain to secure it onto a piece of furniture.
Although this may 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
Sometimes you might receive a strange call from someone saying that they need to repair something in your room or offer a service.
You need to 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 of buglers entering hotel rooms using spare keys and stealing purses, wallets, and laptops.
A door stopper helps prevent 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.