Beach Theft – 10 Beach Theft Prevention Tips

Visiting the beach is something that you’ll want to do especially in a tropical or sunny destination however, it’s a tricky situation if you take valuables like a phone, cash, car keys or credit cards with you to the sand. What’s the best way to protect your valuables? Hide them in your beach bag? Do you carry them when you stroll along the shore? What if you decide to go swimming? Did you know that there are actually thieves that specialize in stealing beach bags and their valuables from distracted beach visitors who leave their valuables while swimming, walking on the beach, or even while they close their eyes to catch a few winks? Obviously this is a more common problem while visiting popular tourist beaches and especially ones that are very crowded. Sure you decide to not bring anything of value with you, that’s the number one solution for avoiding thefts at the beach  However, that’s not always possible. Now there are several solutions  for beach goers to enjoy the surf and sun worry-free you just have to decide which solution is best for you. Beach Theft Prevention Tips Store small, necessary items like your car key, spare cash and credit cards and even your phone or tablet inside a waterproof pouch you can carry on your person. Make sure your waterproof pouch is secured to your body as closely as possible. Certain bags can be secured to a stationary item like a chair or umbrella, or another immovable object. The Pacsafe TravelSafe 5L is a portable travelsafe that secures essentials in many environments including the beach or pool, you just need something to lock it to.  Another bag to consider  is the CoolBag  with its anti-theft features and built in cooler. It keeps things cool and secure, again you just need something to lock the bag to.  Click on the photo to see how this beach bag works to protect your valuables when left behind on the beach or at the pool....

Do you sleep with the hotel balcony door open? Read this before you do it next time...

We have all stayed at hotels that have a nice balcony overlooking the ocean or the city. We do so because it adds to the ambiance, or maybe just to cool down the room.  But how safe is it to sleep with the balcony door open. Most travelers who think about this subject turn their thoughts to hotel rooms on the first floor, where it would be easy to access a hotel room while guests were sleeping, but what about rooms on higher floors – are they safe?  The answer really depends on the layout of the hotel balcony, how close it is to the ground, as well as how easy is it to access from the room next door, or even the roof of the hotel. While thefts from hotel’s while guests sleep are not too common, they do happen, all around the world, and it is something every traveler should take note of. Case in point, recently some guests were staying at a flagship hotel on the island if Malta and slept with the balcony door open.  They awoke to the sounds of someone inside their room, went to investigate and say three men escaping the room through the room’s balcony.  Luckily , they were able to alert hotel security who quickly found the thieves nearby in possession with items stolen from the guest’s room, and were subsequently arrested.  Every traveler should keep in mind that anytime they leave their balcony door open, whether they are asleep in their room, or even when they are out sightseeing for the day should give a few thoughts to the safety and security of their valuables. Videos Showing Hotel Balcony to Balcony Thefts and How Easy it is to Gain Entry into Hotel Rooms by Open Balcony Doors Think these types of thefts don’t happen, take a look at some of these hotel room thefts that occurred by a thief gaining entry to guests hotel rooms by an open balcony:...

2 Must-Dos When Booking Hotel Rooms

After you pick the location for your next hotel stay, savvy travelers recommend you do two thing to ensure a more relaxing stay. First you need to give security some thought, even if you’re staying at a top resort. Next you should make your personal requests known in advance. Security Priorities   Request a hotel room in the “safest room zone”. That’s defined as a room on the second floor or higher,  but below the 6th in case there is a fire and the fire department needs to reach you.  A room on the ground floor that has doors or windows that open to the outside is riskier especially in the case of motels, rooms off parking lots, or if you like to sleep with an open window. Who else can access your room? Pack a portable travel door lock. You never know if there are extra keys, key cards or pass keys out there that can open your hotel room while you are inside.  You’ll sleep more soundly know your room is truly locked. ( photo with click through link) Identity theft happens most frequently in hotels. According to Experian , identity theft crimes take place most commonly in hotels (24 percent), restaurants (18 percent)  and followed by airports (12 percent). Guard your credit cards, ID and passport when  you are traveling. Do not give out your credit card number to someone calling your room, even if they say they are calling from the front desk. Do not use the open WiFi connection or business center computers to conduct personal business or anything requiring a password protecting personal data. How safe is the room safe? A common place you leave items with your personal information while you are away from the room is the room safe. All hotel safes have a bypass code or way to open them in case a guest forgets their pass-code or if the safe’s electronics fail. Theft from a room safe is virtually un-provable....

How Much to Tip the Housekeeping Staff

You tip your hair stylist, you tip the waiter, do you tip the housekeeping staff when you stay in a hotel? The quick answer that etiquette experts recommend is $2-5 per day.  They also recommend that you leave a tip daily. Housekeeping staff can change daily, and you want  to make sure the person who takes care of your room gets the tip. A lot of Americans don’t tip hotel housekeeping staff, and many have no idea that they should, a new HuffPost/YouGov poll shows. The survey was conducted after Marriott announced it would be participating in a campaign to leave envelopes in hotel rooms encouraging patrons to leave tips for the staff members who clean their rooms. According to the new poll, only 46 percent of Americans say they usually tip hotel housekeepers. Another 23 percent said they’ve never been in the situation to do so. On one hand, the 46 percent who say they tip housekeepers is more than those who say they don’t tip housekeepers (32 percent). On the other hand, it’s far fewer than say they tip many other types of workers, including waiters (95 percent), hairstylists or barbers (81 percent), bellhops (56 percent) and taxi drivers (53 percent). Forty-eight percent said they typically tip parking attendants. The 32 percent of people who said they don’t usually tip hotel housekeeping staff was double the percentage of people who don’t tip other types of worker. The Emily Post Institute recommends tipping housekeeping staff $2-5 a day. Many Americans don’t realize that, though. The 32 percent who said they don’t usually tip housekeeping staff includes 20 percent who said they didn’t think they were expected to tip. Another 3 percent said they don’t think housekeeping staff deserve tips, 2 percent said they are opposed to tipping in general and 1 percent said they just forget to do it. Another 4 percent cited other reasons. The HuffPost/YouGov poll was conducted Sept. 17-18 among 1,000 U.S. adults using a sample...

Easy and Non Toxic Way to Detect & Kill Bed Bugs in Hotels...

Does your hotel bed have bed bugs?  Will you be bitten? You don’t want to wake up with red bites on your body whether you’re traveling for work or pleasure and you certainly don’t want to bring them home as a souvenir either! You also don’t want to sleep in a cloud of pesticides, so what’s the healthy solution? All natural steam and/or BuggyBeds Detectors. Steam which heats up to 120 degrees kills bed bugs and their eggs on contact.  The Travel Steamer folds up small for travel. Originally designed to steam out wrinkles, it heats up to 120 degrees so it play can double duty keeping your clothes looking fresh and eliminating bed bugs on contact. The non-toxic pesticide free BuggyBed Detectors will lure bedbugs & other insects into the trap for detection!  Both are great options individually or when used in conjunction with each other to detect and kill bed bugs. Be sure your vacation is worry-free and only take home the memories Bed bugs can be a problem in even the nicest hotels and resorts and traveling is one of the common ways to “pick up” bedbugs.Upon arrival in your hotel, immediately place your BuggyBeds monitors between the hotel mattress and box spring or on the top of the mattress. The unit’s sturdy crush-proof design and construction prevents the bed bug glue, as well as the monitor from being crushed by heavy mattresses. It’ll let you know if there’s a problem. The steamer is a great option if you want to give a pass over your pillow, mattress and surrounding bed area to kill any lurking bedbugs before you get into bed.  Steam the mattress and not the sheets for maximum effectiveness, and try to do it when you first arrive in your room. Protect your luggage and prevent bed bugs from hitching a ride to your home  Bringing home an infested suitcase is among the most common ways in which people can introduce bed bugs into their home....

Hotel Maids Stealing from Guest Rooms – Videos

While most hotel employees are honest, every occupation has a few number of employees who may steal.  The following are a few videos taken by hotel guests who have caught dishonest hotel maids stealing items from their room, or going into their personal belongings in search of items to steal. You should always check  that your valuables are secured out of view prior to leaving your hotel room. Your hotel room is not private, nor is it  100% secure. Hotel staff has access to it and perhaps do prior guest or thieves.  Obviously, many hotel rooms have in-room safes, but sometimes they don’t work  or  you may be concerned that dishonest hotel employees having the master code to the rooms safes,– it is necessary.   A variety of travel security products can help prevent hotel room theft.One solution is to use a portable travel safe. They are easy to carry and help protect valuables left in a hotel room, car dorm or even at home!  Here is a collection of our favorite portable safes to consider.      While most  employees who work in hotels are honest,  we think it is best not to tempt people.  The first video was shot by a traveler who was staying in a hotel overseas and thought that money was being taken out of his wallet when he was away from his room.  He set up a hidden camera and caught the hotel maid stealing money from his wallet.   Here is another video of a hotel maid stealing from a guest’s valuables    ...