WHEN you arrive at a hotel room, you probably won’t immediately check the lock on the door.
But vacationers have warned guests that this is the first thing to do, as some have had bad experiences.
Most hotels use electronic key cards to open room doors, and anyone who has a key card assigned to that room can use it to get in.
But most rooms also have deadbolts or deadbolts on the inside, which guests can use to ensure the door is locked for everyone, including anyone with a key card.
Reddit user r/LifeProTips took to the community-sharing site to ask hotel guests to double-check their door is properly latched and their room secure before settling in.
They wrote: “Check your hotel room door locks BEFORE you unpack.
“Before you settle in, make sure your door has a working deadbolt that you can latch from the inside, and if the deadbolt is broken or missing, or the lock is in poor overall condition, ask for another room .
“Your hotel expenses should include this basic security.”
The post received 6,000 upvotes and more than 300 comments from people who revealed horror stories from their own hotel room stays.
One person shared a story about the time they didn’t lock their hotel room door.
They wrote: “I stayed at a hotel once and they had physical keys to the rooms.
“Morning comes and this woman just unlocks my door and walks halfway through the door, screams and runs out.
“The keys opened all the doors…she was using the room across the street and apparently forgot which one was hers.”
Another person wrote: “My aunt and her friends had met a guy at a bar who followed them back to their motel (without them knowing).
“In the middle of the night he convinced the receptionist that he knew the girls and that they gave him a key to their room.
“My aunt is a pretty light sleeper and woke up to this guy snoring on her floor. She screamed, the guy woke up and tried to explain, she didn’t give a shit and threw him out. Then she yanked the front desk on a new one.”
Someone else remembered the time they couldn’t lock the door because it had been secretly wedged.
They wrote: “My husband went into the bathroom while I locked the latch behind us. It opened when I checked. I locked the bolt, the door opened. Rinse and repeat.
“I found the no smoking sign made of plastic, paper adverts and rubbish stuffed into the door jam slot – do you know where the handle engages the frame?
“So it sounded like it was locked, looked like it was locked, but nothing locked. I pulled everything out and really locked the door and tried to stop hyperventilating.”
Another person wrote: “My mum and dad were checked into a room. When they opened the door (with the key card) another guest was taking a shower (thinking the door was locked – a reasonable expectation of privacy on the part of the guest).
“The clerk somehow gave out the same room key twice.”
A fifth wrote: “Last summer someone kicked our hotel door in. No latch or latch as anyone [had] just left the room for something.
“After that I will definitely check the locks on my next hotel stay.”
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https://www.the-sun.com/travel/4579779/hotel-room-lock-deadbolt-secure/ Why you should ALWAYS check your hotel room door before you unpack