When it comes to travel, it doesn’t matter if you are an Elite Platinum Member or just a grandparent heading out for that once a year trip. You need to be concerned with your personal safety!
Below are 10 must know holiday hotel travel safety tips you should be aware of, before you even start packing. We want you to be ready when you make your first stop along the way.
- Let’s start with the basics. Always beware of your surroundings, when approaching your room.
- Don’t let the attendant at the front desk publicize your room number. If he or she announces it out loud when giving you your key, ask for a different room. Have them write the number and hand it to you.
- When possible, avoid staying on the first floor. Many safety experts recommend occupying a room somewhere between the third and sixth floors — where rooms are high enough to be difficult to break into; but not so high that they’re out of the reach of most fire engine ladders.
- Keep the door to your room locked at all times. If you are inside the room, turn the deadbolt and fasten the security chain and or/the boat latch. I would also recommend investing in a portable doorstop alarm. This is an item you can find on our website.
- Check the locks on the windows (and balcony door, if applicable) as soon as you arrive, and notify the front desk if any are not functioning. It’s a good idea to check these locks again each time you return to the room, as housekeeping may open them and forget to close them.
- When you leave your hotel room, pull the door completely closed behind you. Make sure the latch has engaged. Take a moment before you leave to try the door and make sure it is secure.
- Use the security view-port (peephole) to see who is outside your door before opening it. Do not trust someone claiming to be a hotel employee if you are not expecting one. If you are unsure, call the front desk to check. Leave the security chain engaged while opening the door for further protection.
- When leaving your room, turn the TV or radio on, and/or put your “Do Not Disturb” sign on the door. Both of these tricks will give potential thieves the impression that you’re still there. (You can contact the front desk to arrange a housekeeping visit even if the “Do Not Disturb” sign is up.)
- The hotel parking lot and hallways should be well lit. Report any outages to the front desk and ask for a security escort if you feel unsafe. Always try to park under a light.
- When entering or leaving the hotel after dark, use the main entrance.
The safety tips in this article and many others can be found on our Simple Self Defense for Women DVD. Please visit our website www.simpleselfdefenseforwomen.com for more details.
Tracy Vega, Co-Founder- Simple Self Defense for Women
Can you believe the holiday shopping season is here? I laugh, now, looking back… My dad always had a backache the day after Thanksgiving; and now I know why. He didn’t want make the drive, fight the crowds, carry the packages and handle the kids while my mom shopped!
The one thing that hasn’t changed is that men still don’t like to go shopping, at least until Christmas Eve. What has changed is how dangerous it can be, if you aren’t aware of your surroundings. This is especially true for folks that don’t normally venture out to the mall or the big box stores during peak hours or with crowds.
Here are 7 simple safety tips to help make your holiday shopping experience a safe one!
- Tell someone where you plan to shop and about what time you expect to be home.
- This is especially important for those who don’t normally go out very early or late.
- Leave a note or tell someone where you plan to shop just in case. This can be very valuable if there is an accident or worse. It gives family, friends and police an idea where and when to start looking if you don’t return.
- Since holiday hours now start in the wee hours of the morning and go very late into the night, be sure to park under a light and as close to the entrance as possible.
- Write down where you parked or even take a picture so you are not wandering looking for your car when you are ready to leave.
- Always have your pepper spray in your hand when you are walking to and from the car.
- Minimize the amount of items you carry in your purse during the holidays.
- Only carry one credit card and a minimal amount of cash.
- Leave all the extra pictures and personal items at home.
- Always put your purse inside the car and lock the door (keep out your keys) before you start loading the car. NEVER leave it sitting out in the cart.
- If someone tries to steal your purse, LET IT GO!! It’s not worth your life!
- Are you carrying more packages than you can manage? Can you barely see over the top of your cart?
- Make multiple trips to your car if you are shopping at a mall or strip center. You don’t want to have so many packages in your arms that you have to lean them against the car or leave them in the cart where someone can walk by and grab them.
- Put all items in your trunk or cover under your hatch. Don’t leave anything visible to the public.
- Avoid the ATM machines when possible. If you have to use one, go to a drive up and keep your pepper spray in your hand, only open the driver side window and stay alert to anyone around you.
- Parking lots are a place where people come and go. Pay close attention if you notice anyone lingering and acting suspicious. If in doubt, call and report it.
The safety tips in this article and many others can be found on our Simple Self Defense for Women DVD and in our new Simple Safety Tips book. Visit our website www.simpleselfdefenseforwomen.com for more details.
Tracy Vega, Co-Founder- Simple Self Defense for Women®
It’s hard to believe that the kids are heading back to school already! At least, while they are in school, there is that small sigh of relief knowing that they are safe. It’s getting to and from that always makes me a little nervous. We are extra cautious at the beginning of the year, with the little ones when they start out; but as the year goes by, maybe we don’t pay as much attention as we once did. It addition to our simple tips, below I strongly encourage you to visit the National Sex Offender Registry before you children head out the door!
- Will your child be walking or riding a bike to school this year?
- Make the trip with them a couple of times so you are both comfortable with the route.
- Time how long it takes for them to travel each way, walking or riding.
- This gives you an idea what time they should arrive A.M. & P.M.
- If they have a cell phone ask them to call/text when they leave & arrive both ways.
- If there is another child in the neighborhood going to the same school, try to arrange for them to travel together. There is safety in numbers.
- Point out “safe places” for them along the way (if there are any) in case of an emergency.
- Will your children be riding the bus this year?
- Make sure they are familiar with the bus number. It’s better to miss a bus & remain at school with adults that can help instead of taking the wrong one & nobody knows where you are.
- Wait in a group at the bus stop.
- Don’t ever leave the group to walk up to a car that approaches.
- Never allow your child to “ride” with anyone unless they are on your “safe list”.
- A safe list tells your child the ONLY people they are ever allowed to go with if it’s not you. This includes walking, riding or even approaching a car. It’s that serious!
- Communicate! If your child is expressing concern or feeling uncomfortable find out why & take action. Children have great instincts. Listen to them.
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Tracy & Charley Vega, Co-Founders- Simple Self Defense for Women®