Revealing advice from a travel security expert on hotel booking
According to a travel security expert, anyone staying in a hotel should avoid staying above the fourth floor if possible. He also thinks you shouldn’t stay anywhere below the second floor. So basically you have a total of two floors that you should book.
So if you want to be in the safest place in a hotel, listen to this guy.
Lloyd Figgins is a travel risk expert who was a soldier. He said Sun Online Travel that he thinks you should only stay between the second and fourth floors because “the biggest thing that gets overlooked is the fire hazard.”
Figgins said: “When you arrive at a hotel, you find yourself in an unfamiliar environment that you think is safe. The problem is that if a fire alarm were to go off, what next? Do you know where the emergency exit is? How are we going to get there, and will it keep you safe? Is it blocked or locked? »
He recommends that once you arrive at your hotel, ‘it’s always worth walking the way to the fire escape, counting the number of doors between your room and the fire escape.
It doesn’t sound like the most fun thing to do, but it makes sense.
He added: ‘Be sure to stay between the second and fourth floors of the hotel, as the firefighters’ ladder rarely goes above the fourth floor. Anything below is targeted by burglars.
The The author of The Travel Survival Guide also suggests that you should avoid saying your room number out loud and have the staff write it down on a piece of paper for you. He said: “Hotels attract criminals because there are a lot of people with their valuables or possessions in their room or on them.”
“Receptions and lobbies are where they can pass themselves off as fellow travelers. They are looking for people who check in alone because they can hear which room they are assigned to – the receptionist says they are in room 301, for example. When they next see that person in the bar or restaurant, they know the room is unoccupied and [they] are unlikely to be disturbed,” he added.
He also said: ‘Often they have a way into that room, sometimes an inside job like asking the cleaning staff to open the door for them, and know they won’t be inconvenienced. Even if you’re in your hotel room and [criminals] having the master key, the corner of the door below will stop even that.”
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