A FORMER hotel worker has revealed why you should never carry around the key card holder you are given after checking in. He warned that it mean
A FORMER hotel worker has revealed why you should never carry around the key card holder you are given after checking in.
He warned that it means your room is much more likely to get broken into.
A former hotel worker has revealed the one way that you are making it easier for people to break into your room[/caption]
Justin Aldrich, who worked at hotels for more than seven years, said that guests who lose their key card wallet which has the room number on it, put their belongings at risk.
This is because anyone could pick it up and go straight to the room – something which can’t happen if you just drop the key.
He explained to Insider: “A dropped key packet immediately gives the finder access to your space.
“But a random, unmarked key on the ground has no value besides the hotel name.”
If you are worried about forgetting the room number, he says some hotels have mobile features which let you use your phone as a key card too.
He added: “This allows you to view your room number and keep track of the key without risking the information.”
Justin also revealed his other safety tips when staying overnight at a hotel, including never saying your room number out loud.
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He said: “If you truly feel at risk or just want to keep your information private, your entire profile can be accessed with your last name, meaning your room number won’t be overheard by everyone in the lobby.”
There is also one item, which costs under a pound, that seasoned travellers swear by more than any other for keeping them safe – the humble doorstop.
David Klain, a frequent traveller and aviator revealed that he never goes on holiday without one in his luggage.
Speaking on Quora, he said: “When staying in a hotel, you can put that door stop under the door preventing someone from breaking in, [because] the chain on the door will stop no one.
“In the case of a terrorist attack or lone gunman incident, typically they will go through all rooms.
“But, if they can’t get the door open [they will] move on to other rooms before working their way back to the doors that wouldn’t open.
“This buys you time for you to get away and police to respond.”
Here are some other ways to stay safe when staying at a hotel.
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