You can outsmart hotel thieves with these 10 top tips
12 May 2021Updated: 4 hours ago | people are reading
© copyright Columbus Travel 2020 Columbus Someone pretends to be you, pretends to have forgotten his room key and looks kindly at the cleaning lady coming in. Voilà, the hotel thief has free play. Half of all incidents in hotels have to do with burglary or theft. Fortunately there are ways to outsmart a hotel thief.
1. Read in
You are about to book a hotel. But have you actually checked where it is? Are there busy attractions in the area? Is the hotel in a business district? Or does the neighborhood look shady? It doesn't hurt to look in advance on Google Maps or Google Earth to get a superficial idea of ??what the area looks like. Or better yet: scroll through the reviews on TripAdvisor or similar sites. If the hotel is in a "wrong" area, you will quickly realize.
2. Choose a floor
Sometimes you can choose which room you book. In that case, choose a room on the second floor or higher. That way you don't have to worry about someone walking up your patio or climbing the balcony to force your outside door or window. If possible, try to avoid being placed in a room on the ground floor and outside. You still set off with a more reassuring heart if you know that your room cannot be reached from outside. Will you still be placed on the ground floor? Of course, make sure that you double-check your outside doors and windows.
3. Read the fine print
Say honestly, do you read the fine print when you book a room? Maybe just do it next time, because these letters indicate what the hotel will and will not pay in the event of theft. Normally the property of guests is not insured, but it won't hurt to read it again.
4. Lock your suitcase
It sounds so logical, and yet it is often forgotten: a lock to lock your luggage with. Before you leave your room, it may take some effort to unpack your clothing and replace it with your most valuable things - a laptop, a camera, a telephone, a passport - but at least you know for sure that nobody can reach it. If you want to go even further, you can purchase a safety cable, a cable lock that allows you to lock your suitcase and attach it to an object in the room.
5. Shut down your laptop
Did you know that special safety cables are available for your laptop? The principle is the same as a cable for your suitcase; you secure your laptop and attach it to a heavy object using the cable.
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6. Pretend you're at home
If you pretend you're at home, scare hotel thieves. You can do that by, for example, leaving a light or the television on at a low volume. Whether it really works? You would not break in while someone is "at home"?
7. Ask for new keys
If your room has an electronic lock, you will always get a set (or more keys). Suppose you lose one ... Ask the reception immediately for a new one. A new one, not a duplicate! This ensures that your door lock is reset and therefore no one can enter with the old card.
8. Hang up the do not disturb sign
Most hotels work with a system of hangers. Unfortunately this is not always safe. Think about it; hanging a pendant on your latch with "change my room" immediately reveals that you are not at home. Only do this if your room needs to be changed and you have not been away too long. If your room does not have to be cleaned, you can hang the "do not disturb" hanger on the latch.
9. Be careful with your safe
Most hotel rooms are equipped with a hotel safe. But that does not mean that your things are completely safely stored away. After all, management has a runner or code with which they can enter any safe. And if the management can, a hotel thief can do it too. We do not assume that Action Movie Scenes of this kind occur regularly, but you never know.
10. Something has been stolen after all. What now?
Immediately enable security or management. They will ask you to fill in papers and then decide whether to call the police. If so, take into account even more paperwork. Do not expect the hotel to cover your damage; they are only required to help you find them and cannot be held responsible. If there is an electronic lock on your door, you can ask if the lock can be read. This way you might find out when someone has been in your room. All small pieces of information help ...
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