Reader Travel Tip of the Day: Extra Hotel Security

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Each Friday, we’re featuring a reader-submitted tip as our Travel Tip of the Day. This week’s tip comes from reader Rob W., who says:

“For extra security, I leave a chair or my luggage jammed up against the inside of the door of my room each night. Maybe not so important in the major chains but in mid-tier and other boutique places, and in places like Central America and South America, it gives me added security. If there’s an attempted illegal entry into the room, I’m going to hear it and the obstacle might deter any potential intruder from taking it further by entering my room.”

As Rob says, there are places when this isn’t necessary, but added security is always a good thing—especially in unfamiliar places. Thanks Rob!



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4 Comments on "Reader Travel Tip of the Day: Extra Hotel Security"

  1. That is a great idea that I have never done. I also always put the Do Not Disturb sign on the door even when I am not there so that anyone thinking of breaking in can never tell if someone is room or not. For women like myself, I also always when checking in make sure that hotel staff know that I am concerned about security so that they perceive me to be as conservative as they are. I know that isn’t the most politically correct approach or rationale but, especially in countries that consider western women to be ‘liberal’, I believe it’s kept me from being harassed.

  2. I am definitely going to do this, especially after reading the scariest “travel” book told by the surviving wife, Gracia Burnham, “In the Presence of My Enemies”, the true story of a couple who were kidnapped along with other guests by Islamic terrorists from their luxury over-the-water resort accommodations in the middle of the night on their anniversary. They were held for ransom in 2001 (the US govt offered $5 million for information leading to capture of the terrorists holding the Burnhams) for over a year trekking through jungle, starving and living through gunfire fights, her husband shackled to a tree every night. Especially interesting to read the terrorist response to 9-11. A must read — however, as a lover of travel, I could only read it during daylight hours.

  3. This is something I began doing about 10 years ago – no matter where I am staying, even if it is a larger chain. My husband (now deceased) was a police officer and this is another layer of protection.

  4. Terrible idea…ever heard of a fire safety/hazard? It is the worst idea possible to block the primary exit from your room. If you have to wake up in the middle of the night in an unfamiliar place and move some chair/suitcase stand out of the way in an emergency you are being plain stupid. Use the locks on the door, if the hotel doesn’t have sufficient locks, check-out. But whatever you do, do not create a safety hazard for yourself….

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