Important Safety Tips for Women Accommodations in India:
- Request the front desk executive to be discreet when giving your room keys and telling you your room number. In case she/he announces it aloud and publicizes your room number for all to hear, then do not hesitate to ask for a change in room. Well-dressed hoodlums on the lookout for victims often linger about in hotel lobbies.
- Always be aware of your surroundings when approaching your room, walking through the hotel corridor. Be alert; if someone walks too close to you in the hotel corridor, slow down and let them pass and go into their rooms, before approaching your own room and turning the key. You don’t want them to note your room number for later use or God forbid, push you into your own room where you will be trapped alone with the intruder.
- Once in your room, keep your door locked and security chain fastened at all times. If someone knocks, open only the lock and open the door an inch to confirm the identity of the visitor with the security chain in place.
- Experts also recommend double-checking the locks of all windows and balcony doors wherever applicable – whenever entering the room.
- If staying in budget hotels, invest in a security alarm door stop, battery-operated pocket-size door alarms that send out intruder alerts of up to 120 decibels – simply slip it beneath the door and activate it. If anyone tries to force open the door, the wedge stops it from being opened, while activating the alarm and alerting you to the attempted forced entry.
- Invest in handy pepper sprays as well. These are legal in India. When sprayed in the direction of the intruder’s eyes, causes a sharp burning, stinging sensation giving you valuable time to make good your escape.
- When stepping out of your room for explorations, tours, meals, or any other reason, ensure that you have locked your door properly – double check to be sure. Some experts recommend leaving lights blazing and TV or radios blaring to give the impression that you are still in the room. However, most hotels are now equipped with card keys; lights are on only when the card is in the slot.
- Ensure that the hotel you have chosen is in a well-lit, relatively crime-free area of the city and has well-lit interiors, corridors and parking lots.
- When entering or leaving the hotel, always use the main entrance. When arriving back, ask your cab driver to drop you close to the lobby entrance, to minimise the walk from the entrance to the lobby.