In a Hotel/Motel Room

  • If the desk clerk says your room number aloud when you check in, ask for a different room and have the number written on your keycard sleeve and discreetly handed to you.
  • If you feel uncomfortable walking to your room alone, ask the desk clerk to provide an escort.
  • Determine the most direct route to and from your room, to fire escapes, stairs, elevators, and phones.
  • Keep your door locked when you are in your room. Use both the deadbolt lock and the security bar/chain.
  • Keep your windows locked, and blinds and drapes closed for privacy.
  • Be sure that sliding glass doors and doors to connecting rooms are locked. Safeguard your room key or card at all times.
  • Use the peephole in the door to identify anyone requesting entry. Open the door only if you are certain it is safe to do so.
  • If you are worried about being spied on through the peephole in the door cover it with a piece of opaque tape.
  • If you haven’t requested room service or housekeeping and someone knocks on your door claiming to be a staff member, call the front desk to verify the claim before opening the door.
  • If you receive a call about an emergency that requires you to leave your room, hang up and call the front desk to verify it.
  • Report any suspicious persons or activities to the front desk.
  • Don't stay in a ground-floor room, especially if you are a woman and traveling alone.