Avid travelers are well aware of the dangers waiting for them in unprotected hotel rooms. Even though most resorts claim to have some sort of security, most of them seem to just add a few cameras and basic locks to the doors, which is barely enough to guarantee the safety of your valuables. No matter whether you are a savvy business traveler or vacationing with your family, you must take your personal security and the protection of your belongings into your own hands by packing in some useful alarm tools. Items that are small, lightweight, yet accurately sense when a thief tries to break in. So that you wouldn’t have to bring an extra suitcase along for your protective gear alone, we’ve made a selection of the most important security essentials you should consider packing.
Door Stop and Hanging alarms
Favored by traveling agents, elders and journalists, these handy devices are not only a breeze to install, but they also ensure no unauthorized person gets into your room without a very loud notice. Door stop alarms must be pushed in the gap between the door and the floor, so that if someone opens the door, it pushes the button and sounds the alarm.
Hanging alarms are a bit different, as they use a magnetic sensor to detect that someone fiddles with a doorknob. Both alarms are capable of producing a 100+ dB sound, which is loud enough to get the attention of the hotel room security.
Personal Alarm Systems
Small enough to hide in your palm or to attach it to your belt as a stylish accessory, personal alarm systems are hands-on alarms that are activated by pulling out a small safety pin. Thieves hate being detected, and most of them will flee when caught in action.
However, some of them might assault you or point a gun at you. Personal alarms are triggered in an instant, and their extremely loud 120 dB sound will surely summon a huge crowd. In this case, the attacker has no other option than running away empty-handed.
Portable Door Lock
We understand that you’d rather not confront a dangerous criminal head-on in your hotel room. Preventing the intruders from actually getting in seems to be the most convenient option. Portable door locks or security bars will tightly lock the door from the inside, effectively barricading it. Setting up an iron-tight jammer doesn’t take more than a few minutes, but the added sense of security provides absolute peace of mind. It will stop other guests from bursting into your room by mistake, and even the staff is forced to knock before gaining entry.
Hotel Safe Lock
As a last line of defense, consider strengthening the security of the hotel safe lock itself, so that even if a criminal somehow has a way to break the built-in lock, they have yet another lock to break. The main reason why you should apply an extra lock is that most standard hotel safe locks are of poor quality, and there’s no way to know in advance whether you’ll have a secure hotel safe in your room. Furthermore, the standard locks can be cracked with a master key, or by acquiring the combination code. However, if you set up an additional lock featuring a strong padlock, then all the cheap tricks are off the table, and your valuables remain safe inside. Such safe locks are compact and easy to carry around in your bag, thus perfect for avid travelers.