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In the HotelWhether traveling on business or pleasure it may become necessary to stay overnight in a hotel or motel It is important to give some thought about security and what hotel or motel you select and what room you are willing to accept The cost of the hotel room is not always the best predictor of how safe the room or property will be There are a few security rules that should apply to any hotel room you rentAlways request a room on an upper floor if possible Ground floor rooms are more vulnerable to crime problems because of access and ease of escape In a high-rise building rooms above the fifth floor are usually safer than those below again because of accessibility and ease of escape Also rooms not across from the fire stairs are safer from room invaders because they use them to escape Criminals do not want to be trapped on an upper floor inside a high-rise hotel High-rise buildings usually have fewer access points and is easier for the hotel staff to monitor who passes through the lobby after hours Hotel or motel rooms should be equipped with a wood or metal door for best protection Room doors should have a deadbolt lock with a one-inch throw bolt If the lock appears worn or there are pry marks around the lock area get another room or move to another hotel The knob-lock should be hotel-style where you can push a button on the inside knob and block out all keys This feature is designed to prevent a former guest or housekeeper from entering the room once you are safely inside Hotels with electronic card access has the advantage of being able to disable former keycards issued to previous guests The room door should have a wide-angle peephole so you can view who is at the door before opening Do not open your door to someone who knocks unannounced Some criminals
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