It’s a simple enough question, but not one I’ve given much thought to. Growing up in New York, I was trained to always have a hand on my wallet and to lock everything. Car, house, bike, if you wanted to keep it, you had better secure it. I took for granted that everyone did this until I read a post by my friend Matthew Klint. Okay, not everyone. My wife obviously grew up in an area she felt was safer and rarely locks her car when it’s in the driveway (and sometimes elsewhere).
Anyway, back to the matter at hand. Matthew had someone walk in on his family while they were sleeping in a hotel room. He obviously didn’t have the deadbolt engaged, nor a chain or other secondary locking mechanism.
I honestly can’t recall a time where someone ever walked into my hotel room. I’ve definitely walked into occupied rooms before. I actually woke someone up after midnight at a random Sheraton last year when I was checking in. The hotel assigned me an occupied room and the guy wasn’t too pleased when I walked in. The front desk agent was pretty unfazed by my concern when I came back downstairs.
I’ve been checked into an occupied room more times than I think should be reasonable. I worked in the hotel industry for many years. I understand this can happen, but I still marvel at how often it does. There are plenty of software safeguards to prevent it from happening. Maybe that’s why I’m vigilant about locking my door.
Barring just plain forgetting, I always engage both the deadbolt and any sort of secondary locking mechanism. It’s just my habit when I travel.
But, Matthew’s post has me wondering. I assume I’m in the majority who use the deadbolt and secondary lock on their hotel room door.
Do you use the deadbolt on your hotel room door to lock it? How about the chain?
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