When staying overnight at a hotel or motel, remember the following:
- Determine the most direct route to and from your room, to the fire escapes, elevators, and nearest phone
- When occupying or leaving your room, use all auxiliary locking devices on doors and windows
- Identify anyone requesting entry to your room. Open the door only if you are certain that the person has a legitimate reason to enter your room. If in doubt, call the hotel/motel front desk
- Unpack and place belongings in the closet and dresser. Arrange your things so you'll know if anything is missing. When you leave your room, close up your suitcase.
- Suitcases should always be locked so they cannot be used to carry your property out of your room
- Never leave money, checks, credit cards or car keys in the room. Take them with you.
- Place extra cash, expensive jewelry or other valuables (furs, gems, gold, or silver) in the hotel/motel safe
- Report any lost/stolen items to the hotel/motel management and to the police
- Report to the management any suspicious movements in the corridors or rooms