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Travel Safety Advice – Avoid Being Ripped Off By Your Hotel

October 6th, 2010 by The JetSetter Team | Comments Off on Travel Safety Advice – Avoid Being Ripped Off By Your Hotel

travel safety adviceWe can all agree that four and five star hotels are generally safe for your valuables. Such establishments don’t reach that designation by allowing their guests to suffer thievery during visits. Security guards, cameras, and in room safes all provide a modicum of security that, unfortunately, can be easily circumvented by one sneaky employee. In case you have the misfortune to have someone like this cleaning your room, pay attention to this travel safety advice.

It all starts when you decide to use the in room to stash your cell phone, wallet, video camera, etc. All well and good but some hotels have actually busted staff spreading a light oil or powder on the keypad so they can see which numbers were pressed and then reverse engineer until they manage to break in. Clever ones don’t do the obvious and clean it out but rather take only one or two dollars. Multiply that by a hundred rooms or more and you’ve got a nice sideline business going.

Here’s how to short circuit this nefarious behavior. Wipe the safe keypad off and dry it before entering the code. After locking your valuables inside, push all the other buttons on the keypad that don’t make up your code. Voila! Thievery foiled. It takes a few extra seconds to do this but it’s worth avoiding being

a victim isn’t it?

Another piece of travel safety advice is don’t use soft, canvas type bags to store valuables, even if they’re padlocked. Think how easy it would be for a thief to slice a seam open with knife and help himself to what’s inside. Don’t make it easy for the bad guys. Think proactively and offer no easy opportunities to be ripped off.

How about that for free travel safety advice that might save you a fortune and ruined vacation?

Now get out there and have some fun!

The Jetsetter Team

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