Your hotel starts to become a home away from home and sometimes safety concerns get brushed off. While hotel security may be one of the last things on your mind during your trip, it’s a good idea to take keep your guard up and take precautions. Our hotel safety tips can help provide you with peace of mind during your well-deserved vacation.
Once you are in line to check in at the hotel, make sure to keep your luggage with you at all times. If a lobby is too crowded and busy, potential thieves could use this as an opportunity to take off with someone’s luggage.
When you get to speak with a hotel employee, ask if you can avoid having a room on the ground floor Rooms on the lowest level can become a prospective target for robberies. If there are only ground floor rooms available, see if you can have one looking out to a hotel courtyard rather than a parking lot. Make sure the hotel staff don’t give out any personal information out loud during the check-in process such as your name and room number. If they publicize the information while handing you the keys, you can ask for another room.
Another check in safety tip is to ask for a couple of the hotel’s business cards with the name and address on them. This way you can keep one in your wallet while travelling and another by the phone in your hotel room in case you need to call them for an emergency.
During your Stay
Theft can still happen even in some of the world’s best hotels. To help avoid it, double check the locks on door and windows when you arrive. This can include any deadbolts or swinging chains. It’s also a good idea to keep the room locked even while you are there, counting any adjoining rooms.
Make sure you lock your valuables in the hotel room safe or carry them with you if you can. To take extra precaution, you can always ask the front desk if you can store any items with them while you are away from your room.
Before you leave your hotel room to go sightseeing for the day, take time to give the impression that you are in the room even if you are away. Similar to how you protect your home when you leave for vacation, by making your home look like somebody’s at home; leave the lights on, turn the TV or radio on and consider hanging the “Do Not Disturb” sign on the door. This can help potentially discourage thieves as they may think someone is still in the room at the time.
Be aware of your surroundings and identify where the emergency exits are on your hotel floor. Read the fire safety instructions on the back of your hotel door. In the event of a fire, be sure to leave your room quickly and take the stairs to exit.
These tips are provided for information and prevention purposes only. They are general in nature, and Desjardins Insurance cannot be held liable for them. We recommend using caution and consulting an expert for comprehensive, tailored advice.
In Quebec, Desjardins Insurance refers to Desjardins General Insurance Inc. In Ontario and Alberta, Desjardins Insurance refers to Certas Direct Insurance Company, underwriter of automobile and property insurance.