Most hotels have taken numerous steps and implemented proven security programs to ensure your safety. However, it is important to remember that your security and safety while traveling are primarily your responsibility, not that of the hotel. The following guidelines will help ensure a safe, successful, and enjoyable visit.
- Request a room that is not on the ground floor or accessible from the ground.
- Be aware of your baggage when you check in and out. Leaving it out of your eyesight is not a good idea.
- Use the hotel safety deposit box for your valuables. For a fee, some hotels now offer in-room safes. Use caution and common sense if you must leave needed valuables (e.g., lap-top computers, wallet/purse, cameras, etc.) in an unattended room.
- Do not reveal or display room numbers around unfamiliar people. Do not leave your room key on a restaurant table, near the pool, or around any other public area. Do not give your room key to anyone at the hotel until you check-out.
- Close the door whenever you are in your room and use all of the locking devices provided. If you wish, you may want to carry a rubber doorstop and place it under the door of your room for added security.
- Never leave your door open, even if sitting in your room or leaving for a short period of time.
- Check to see if sliding glass doors, windows, and connecting room doors are locked.
- Always lock your vehicle while parked at the hotel and do not leave valuables visibly exposed.
- Do not invite strangers to your room.
- Do not answer the door in a hotel or motel room without verifying who it is. If a person claims to be an employee, call the front desk and ask if someone from the hotel staff is supposed to have access to your room and for what purpose.
- Do not draw attention to yourself by displaying large amounts of cash, jewelry, or other valuables.
- When checking in or returning to your hotel late at night, use the main entrance. Be observant and look around before entering into large parking lots. If you wish, you may ask the hotel for an escort to your room.
- Use caution when leaving valuables in an unattended meeting room during breaks, meals, etc.
- Be aware of hotels that do not ask for identification when you ask for a new key after misplacing yours, leaving it in your room, etc. If they do not ask you for ID, they may not ask someone else either.
- Do not place the "Please Clean This Room" sign on your room door. It is a clear sign that the room is empty.
- If you observe any suspicious activity, report it at once to the hotel management.