The recent news that Kim Kardashian was robbed at gunpoint while in her hotel room is frightening. Even a person with all the money in the world to hire a security team was still vulnerable to thieves. If you’ve missed the latest news or have no idea who I’m referring to, here’s a story from the New York Times.
Most of us aren’t wearing our 20 karat diamond ring when we go on vacation (although if you do, please contact me I would love an angel investor). We’re just regular people who want to feel safe when we’re away from home.
In a future blog, I’ll talk about over-sharing on social media and the potential consequences. But today there are a few super easy steps you can take to stay safe in a hotel room.
Always request a room between the 3rd and 6th floor. Hotel rooms on the ground floor or even on the 2nd floor are much easier for an intruder to make their way into your room. From a fire safety perspective, most fire ladders don’t reach much above the 6th floor.
Initial Room Inspection
I know I’m a little warped, but every time I get into my hotel room I start my checks. Take a look in the bathroom and closets just to assure there is no one there. Also, check the windows to make sure they’re locked.
There are a few simple hacks for staying safe while you’re inside your room. Lots of companies will sell you fancy widgets for the inside of your door. But a basic doorstop bought at the Dollar Store will work just fine. Put the doorstop inside the door. Of course, always use the deadbolt too.
Bonus door hack…travel with a few Band-Aids. Not for the blisters you always get from running through the airport, but for your hotel room. Take a Band-Aid and put it over the peep hole. If you have an adjoining room, be sure to put one over that peep hole too. Remember Erin Andrews, the sportscaster who was video recorded from the adjoining room? A simple Band-Aid could have prevented her from going through such a nightmare.
Leaving Your Room
Your goal when you’re out of your room is to make people think you’re still in there. A thief who may have a key fob to get in (such as hotel cleaning personnel etc) is not going to try to key into your room if they think you’re in there. When you go out leave a light on and the tv on low volume. I know this isn’t energy efficient, but it’ll keep you safe. Also, always put the Do Not Disturb sign on your door when you leave.
If you haven’t requested anything from the front desk, yet you get a knock at the door indicating the person is a hotel employee do NOT open the door. Call the front desk and ask if they’ve sent someone to your room. Unfortunately, predators count on our societal need to be polite. If the person is from the hotel, they won’t mind you checking. Your safety is more important than hurt feelings.
I hope these tips will help you to feel a little more empowered next time you have the opportunity to travel whether it’s to visit friends or for business.
As always, if you have a specific safety concern please let me know. If you have a question it’s likely someone else does too.
Until next time…