Summer is quickly coming to an end, but maybe you still have a getaway planned before the school year starts. Perhaps you prefer your vacation when the crowds have thinned out and the weather is a little cooler. Are you going to your favorite New Jersey resort, or is this the year for a new adventure in a place you have never visited?
Whatever your plans, if staying in a hotel is part of your agenda, there are some important safety facts you should know before you check in. You may not realize how vulnerable you are when you stay at a hotel. If management does not take appropriate precautions, you may face even greater risks.
Why are you at risk?
Crime is typically high in resort towns for a number of reasons. As a visitor, you are in a relaxed frame of mind and may not be vigilant about protecting yourself. In addition, you may be unfamiliar with the area, and wrongdoers can quickly identify someone who seems confused or uncertain about where to go.
Finally, you may be too trusting, especially when you are in your hotel. It is easy to assume you are safe and that someone else is looking out for your wellbeing. You do not hear many news stories of assaults or violent crimes in hotels, but this is because guests may tell hotel management about an incident, but the management does not always report such incidents to the police. After all, news of an assault would be bad for business.
Simple steps can make a difference
From the moment you check into your hotel, the staff should be looking out for your protection. Hotel staff should be well trained to recognize when someone may present a threat to guests. They must also know how to react in emergencies and be vigilant about safety protocol, such as locking doors after hours. Other measures a hotel can take to ensure your safety include the following:
- Switching from physical keys to mobile keys that utilize your phone
- Requiring key access to common areas like pools and gyms
- Investing in advanced surveillance systems such as motion detection and face recognition
- Placing cameras in all vulnerable areas, including stairwells, elevators and parking lots
- Hiring a well-trained security staff
- Informing guests of the best ways to keep themselves safe during their stay
While you may want to let your guard down while you are on vacation enjoying your last relaxing days of summer, you cannot always depend on the vigilance of the hotel staff to keep you safe. If you suffer injuries from an assault you believe appropriate hotel security measures should have prevented, you have the right to seek legal assistance.