TRAVELLING this summer vacation helps improve our health – cuts stress and prevent heart disease.
While everybody is excited to go on vacation and planning where to stay, robbers and thieves are also excited and making plans how and where to strike. Travelers are their easy prey.
In order to not be left somewhere without money and your documents especially passport, there are few tricks you should know first.
* Choose the right floor in a hotel. Staying at a hotel is really convenient but travel experts said you should be “choosy” on what the floor you should stay. They said renting a hotel room on the 3rd to the 6th floors are safe and better. It’s easier to get inside and then out of the rooms located on the lower floors. Burglars won’t require extraordinary skills to take your belongings out of the room unnoticed.
* Pay attention to details. After you’ve chosen your floor, check whether the balcony door can be locked before checking in to a room. One of the most wide-spread methods of getting into a room is through a balcony door or a window.
Bulgars are well aware of this easy-to-perform break-in, that’s why you’d better pay attention to this seemingly unimportant detail. Also, always remember to lock the balcony door and the windows before leaving your hotel room.
* Outsmart the burglars. Robberies happen when you are not in the hotel room. Robbers watch to see if you lock the door and leave for the beach. Unless they’re in cahoots with some hotel staff, they could easily open your room. After that, they open the door and take things out, having total confidence that you won’t be back anytime soon.
There is a little trick here. Create an illusion that there is someone who stayed in the room. Keep the TV in your room on and put the “Do not disturb” sign on the doorknob before leaving. It will give the illusion that the room is not empty.
* Don’t use the safe in the room. Safes that are located in hotel rooms have a so-called “administrator’s code.” If you lock it and make up a personal password but after enter the code 999999, the safe will open. It was made so that the administration of the hotel could take the contents out in case if some of the guests forget their password.
So, it’s better to not use these cases, but to keep your valuables at the reception desk instead. But if prefer not to, at least check whether the safe in your room unlocks with the “administrator’s code” or not.
* Buy security alarm for your belongings. Thieves do not just strike in hotel, there are pickpockets and bag slashers waiting for their victim outside. Place an alarm on your backpack. The alarm will make a loud noise if someone tries to steal your belongings and scare off the robbers. This is especially helpful if you are eating at a restaurant where “salisi gang” members are also preying on unwitting victims while everybody is enjoying their meal.
If you tend to leave valuables in a hotel room in your backpack, the alarm will be useful in this case too. Though this would not make robbers run around the hotel while your bag is ringing, at least it would call the attention of the security.