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Be safe in your hotel over the holidays

If you're traveling during the holiday season and staying at a hotel, it's important to be safe during your stay. However, if you are tired or in a hurry when you arrive, safety may be the last thing on your mind.

Take a few moments to learn how you can improve your chances of staying safe in hotels and motels. Whether you are traveling alone or with your family, there are simple things you can do to protect yourself from crime and other dangers.

Travel experts recommend the following tips to make hotel stays safer:

  • If possible, do not stay in a ground floor room. It is easier for criminals to break in through the windows.
  • If you are staying in a ground floor room that opens to the outdoors, request one that opens to the hotel courtyard instead of the parking lot.
  • Always keep your door locked and use the deadbolt or chain when you are inside. Purchasing portable safety devices such as door wedge alarms is also an option.
  • Don't leave windows or balcony doors open at night or when you are away.
  • Make sure hallways and stairwells are well lit. Inform hotel staff if lights or exit signs aren't working.
  • Don't open the door to someone claiming to be hotel staff unless you requested that staff be sent to your room. Call the front desk to verify the person is on staff if you are unsure.
  • Be careful of snow and ice in the parking lot and outdoor walkways.

Hotels and motels are responsible for their guests' safety. Inadequate security or dangerous property conditions can lead to accidents and injuries. If you are injured or the victim of a crime on hotel property, you need to know your rights. Speaking with a lawyer about your specific situation is a good way to learn about your rights and options.

Source: www.travelinsurancereview.net, "Top 12 Hotel Safety Tips Travelers Should Never Ignore"

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