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Old May 24th, 2009, 11:40 AM
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Default Single women..Are You Safe In A Hotel?

Just an FYI if you are traveling alone....

Are You Safe In A Hotel?

The setup was simple. A Local 2 intern checked into two hotels. Then, Local 2 Investigates asked Davis to see if he could figure out what room our intern was in and try to get a key to her room.
With our hidden cameras rolling at the first hotel, Davis pretended to be a guest by standing in the lobby. Our intern checked in and within 10 minutes, Davis found out her last name and her exact room number. Three hours later, Davis got a key to our intern's room. How did this happen?
When our intern checked in, the front desk clerk asked for her last name and she said it out loud. That was the first mistake. Never announce personal information because anyone standing in the lobby can hear it. Instead, hand the front desk clerk your ID and credit card. Also, never allow the clerk to announce your room number.

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Old May 25th, 2009, 12:22 AM
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Thank you for this information.

Another handy hint is to ask to be close to the elevators near the lower level near the front desk.

A lot of hotels are now asking their clients to use their room key to get into the elevators. That helps somewhat too.

I have a safety device that I bought from a lock-smith that also stops anyone from coming into my hotel room.
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two handy things are a rubber door stop or a securtiy bar that you can sit into a suitcase ane it has one end that props up under the doorknob and a rubber base that prevents anyone from entering the room.

We have one of these security bars at home and my son uses it once he gets home from school, until either his dad picks him up or I get home from work. We also keep it up anytime we are home and of course at night.
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I must be living on a different planet. I have travelled worldwide extensively over the last 40 years and I have NEVER had to resort to the measures that some of you take. Common Sense is the rule and enjoy the experience of travel.
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I must be living on a different planet. I have travelled worldwide extensively over the last 40 years and I have NEVER had to resort to the measures that some of you take. Common Sense is the rule and enjoy the experience of travel.
Annie, up until 2007 I would have agreed with you completely. I've traveled solo for 30+ years. In 2007 I arranged through my hotel in Boston for a town car to meet me at the airport and take me to the hotel. From the moment the driver arrived he started hitting on me, telling me what a "player" he is, how he could show me all the great places in Boston, etc. I declined repeatedly and forcefully.

He was not in the hotel lobby when I checked in but b/c his company (owned by his brother) regularly provides town cars to this hotel, he was well known there. No one is able to explain how he got my room number but he called me shortly after I checked in, saying he was just down the hall and wanted to talk to me. I told him no and slammed the phone down. Immediately I went to the front desk to file a complaint. The woman at the front desk said the driver couldn't possibly have gotten my room number, he was such a nice guy, she was sure he would never do anything inappropriate. The hotel was fully booked, so changing rooms was out of the question. I spoke with the hotel manager. He apologized and said he woudl file a complaint with the town car company and speak with the driver. The hotel manager acknowledged there had been problems with this driver previously.

Again, I've traveled solo for 30+ years. This situation had nothing to do with my behavior, this guy was out of control from the start. Common sense is no defense against crazy, creepy, as*holes. Thank heavens you haven't had any security issues when traveling. I hope that continues.
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I am very sorry you had that experience. I RARELY book town cars and NEVER through the hotel. I also ask the taxi driver to drop me off at an adjacent hotel. Last thing is I use my instinct and would not hesitate to call in the authorities if the unfortunate incident had happened to me.

Happy safe travelling to all single women everywhere.
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I am very sorry you had that experience. I RARELY book town cars and NEVER through the hotel. I also ask the taxi driver to drop me off at an adjacent hotel. Last thing is I use my instinct and would not hesitate to call in the authorities if the unfortunate incident had happened to me.

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There are some taxi drivers that are not safe either at times. So we gals have to be on the alert at times.
I prefer to take Shuttles with other people. It is cheaper and safer.

I recently went on a cruise and I put a sign on my cabin door. It said...
BEWARE OF THE DOG. It had a photo of my dog.

My cabin steward told me that people really believed I had a dog in my cabin. They would put their ears next to the door to see if they could hear my dog barking.lol.

Next time I stay at a hotel for the night I plan to put up my sign and let the hotel manager know that I am doing that. Some hotels allow dogs.
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There are some taxi drivers that are not safe either at times. So we gals have to be on the alert at times.
I prefer to take Shuttles with other people. It is cheaper and safer.

I recently went on a cruise and I put a sign on my cabin door. It said...
BEWARE OF THE DOG. It had a photo of my dog.

My cabin steward told me that people really believed I had a dog in my cabin. They would put their ears next to the door to see if they could hear my dog barking.lol.

Next time I stay at a hotel for the night I plan to put up my sign and let the hotel manager know that I am doing that. Some hotels allow dogs.
Love the visual of the dog photo on your cabin door. Last December on Explorer a woman brought her dog and kept it in a stroller (just like they use for babies) that zipped on top. Darnest thing, the dog's head would pop out occasionally. That dog and his owner were the talk of the ship.

I agree we gals must be alert and that cabs (or other transportation) aren't always safe. People who believe they are somehow immune from crime when traveling or otherwise are only fooling themselves.

Happy and safe cruising.
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I am not a woman or a single woman, but I do see some concern about that. Not sure what to do about it though. There are some places I have stayed where it looks like it is just unsafe but usually there is some piece of furniture in the room to secure the door, like a chair under the door knob, but the rubber door stop sounds ok too. The hotel security I pretty good in the Marriot and Hiltons and even Ho Jos. For some cultural reason or something, women seem more fearful than guys. I suppose the bottom line is "stuff can happen when you travel" (or anywhere else for that matter) John, NM
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