<p> When you&#39;re on vacation, or attending an important business conference, the last thing you want to worry about is the safety and security of your hotel.</p> <p> In fact, you most likely assume that the hotel&#39;s got it covered. But that&#39;s not always the case.</p> <p> Whether you&#39;re traveling for business or pleasure, you&#39;ll enjoy your stay more if you follow these seven hotel safety tips courtesy of security expert Kevin Coffey, a police detective and founder of Southern California-based Corporate Travel Safety.</p> <p> [<a href="">How Out-of-Office Replies Put You at Risk</a>]</p>

Choose a hotel that has installed modern electronic keycard locks

<p> That means the room locks are re-coded for each new guest, so it&#39;s unlikely someone will have a duplicate keycard.</p> <p> Most major hotels employ this type of lock, but that&#39;s not always the case, particularly in other countries, or even small American towns.&nbsp;</p> <p> If you lose or misplace your keycard, make sure you ask the front desk to re-key your room immediately.</p> <p> &quot;You also want to look at a hotel room that&#39;s going to have an inside auxiliary door-locking system that is applied by the in-room guest,&quot; Coffey said. &quot;That could be a deadbolt that gets thrown, or a U-clasp.&quot;</p> <p> [<a href="">5 Ways to Keep Your Gadgets Safe During Summer Travel</a>]</p>

Check for fire safety devices

<p> Smoke alarms and sprinklers should be located in hotel rooms, hallways and meeting rooms. Coffey said the U.S. Fire Administration provides a <a href="">website</a>that will tell you which hotels and motels are &quot;fire-safe.&quot;</p> <p> [<a href="">5 Tech Mistakes Travelers Make on Vacation</a>]</p>

Store valuables in the safe in your room, or better yet, in the hotel safe

<p> Large items such as laptops and tablet devices might not fit in the in-room safe. In that case, it&#39;s wise to ask the front desk to store those items in the hotel&#39;s larger guest safe.</p> <p> If you decide to keep your valuables in the room safe, check with the hotel to be sure those items will be covered by the hotel&#39;s insurance policy, Coffey said.</p> <p> In many hotels, guests&#39; belongings are only covered by insurance if they&#39;re secured in the hotel&#39;s main safe.</p> <p> [<a href="">Tech Travel Tip: Assume Your Devices Will Be Compromised</a>]</p>

Secure your laptop with a security cable

<p> If your laptop doesn&#39;t fit in your in-room safe, and you don&#39;t want to leave it in the hotel safe, at least tie it down in your room.</p> <p> Coffey said that if he just wants to leave his laptop in his room for a couple of hours, he attaches it to the pipe under the sink in the bathroom with a cable lock.</p> <p> &quot;All laptops have a little tiny slot on the side, and that&#39;s what these cables fit into, so you can lock your laptop down to a secure item in your hotel room,&quot; he said.</p> <p> [<a href="">13 Tips to Keep Your Devices Safe While Traveling</a>]</p>

Zip and lock your luggage and store it out of sight

<p> You may be asking for trouble if you leave your luggage open and unzipped on the bed, or otherwise in plain sight.</p> <p> Coffey said it&#39;s a good idea to pack up your suitcase every day and hide it whenever and wherever possible, e.g., under the bed or inside the closet.</p> <p> [<a href="">Beware Identity Theft While on Vacation</a>]</p>

Don&#39;t accept a hotel or motel room that&#39;s on the ground floor

<p> That&#39;s especially true if the doors and windows of the room open to the outside. It&#39;s much safer if the room opens to an interior hallway.</p> <p> If you&#39;re staying in a motel, don&#39;t opt for a ground-floor room off the parking lot. Your best bet is to get a room on a higher floor.</p> <p> But if you must take a room on the ground floor, ask for one that&#39;s facing the interior courtyard, Coffey said.</p> <p> [<a href="">Vacation Home Safety: Don&#39;t Tip Off Thieves When You&#39;re Out of Town</a>]</p>

Do some due diligence

<p> Coffey advises travelers to check out their scheduled hotels online via a site such as Read the reviews and search for terms such as &quot;theft from hotel room safes&quot; or similar issues.</p> <p> [<a href="">Six Safety Tips for Holiday Travelers</a>]</p>

7 Hotel Safety and Security Tips