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At Hotel or Motel
- Hotels and motels are prime crime areas. Criminals know you are from out of town.
- Call the front desk if someone suspicious is lurking about or tries to gain entry to your room, using some pretext, such as that he or she "must check your cable hookup."
- Many travelers fall victim to criminals posing as employees. Always verify employees by calling the front desk. Some criminals manipulate legitimate employees to gain access to your room.
- If you are going on a trip or are a constant traveler, purchase one or two portable door alarms that attach to the doorknob. In addition, purchase secondary locking mechanisms that may be used from inside the room.
- If you have valuables, put them in the hotel safe.
- If you suspect that something is wrong before entering your room, have an employee check it first.
- You can always have your room cleaned while you’ are present.
- Keep a "Do not disturb" sign on your door and a radio or TV playing while you are out.
- Always find out who is calling you in your room. Do not give your name until you are satisfied you have a legitimate caller. For example, if the caller says they are from room service, ask the caller's name and verify by calling room service.