If you frequently travel for business purposes, we definitely want you to make certain that your home is secure while you are away, but we also want you to go a step further in taking security with you. Home security manufacturers have introduced a number of portable solutions for home security that you should be aware of. In addition to discussing a couple of these, we also have a few security tips we’d like to share with you.
Secure Electronic Items
As a business traveler, you probably carry at least two electronic devices– a laptop and a smartphone. Some of you may even carry additional tablet devices, portable printers and so forth. These items also happen to be among the most sought after by criminals. Some of the things that you can do to better secure these items are:
- Transport electronic devices in carry-on luggage and keep them close to you at all times
- Consider investing in a laptop lock for times when you have to work in public spaces
- When not in use, secure phones and tablets out of sight
- Minimize the risk of losing valuable equipment and sensitive data by not leaving electronic devices behind when you leave your hotel room
Carry Small Bills
Hotel staff, cab drivers and the like depend upon your courtesy in tipping them during the course of your travels. Of course, you want to be prepared for these encounters by having cash on hand, but you also must be smart and always keep personal security at the forefront of your mind. Therefore, do not carry wads of cash, but instead carry small bills and store them in different places on your person.
For example, break the total amount being carried up by storing small amounts of cash in each of your pockets, a wallet and even in a sock or other article of clothing kept hidden from the general public. This way, you can carry enough cash to use for tipping, without tipping off a thief in the process. Whatever cash you do retrieve at any given time will appear to be very small and not worth a thief’s time in robbing you.
Be Aware of Your Surroundings
Let’s face it, we live in an age where we’re obsessed with digital media. Whether reading an email, sending a text message or consuming some other type of media, we’re often so engaged with our portable devices that we’re not entirely focused on our surroundings. Criminals rely on this sort of distraction. Reduce your chances of being mugged or otherwise assaulted by ignoring your devices as much as possible while in a public setting. If you must stop to answer your phone, read or send a message, stop at a safe location and scan the landscape first– taking note of everyone around you before you carry on with your business.
Guard Hotel Doors
Hopefully, you’ve been reading this blog long enough to know how to secure your home and office spaces. But we also want you to know how to secure your hotel room while traveling. For doing so, we highly recommend the Guard Dog portable door guard alarm, which not only stops a door from opening, but will also sound a loud alarm any time someone tries to do so. It attaches to any door and easily folds making it a completely portable security device.
Be Aware of Your Public Demeanor
Navigating your way through an unfamiliar neighborhood can make you feel like a fish out of water. It can also make you look like one to criminals. Therefore, we suggest that you thoroughly map your travels before leaving your hotel room. If you have to ask for directions in public, try to identify a cab driver, bus driver, police officer or some other working person likely to be able to help you without much effort. Avoid reading maps in public or asking random strangers for directions as much as possible.
Also, keep your head up and walk with confidence when in public. Don’t be afraid to look for (and at) suspicious looking people and be particularly aware of who may be following or watching you.
Carry Personal Protection
Arming yourself with personal protection in your daily life is a good idea. It is also an excellent idea if you are a business traveler. Criminals are often on the prowl for people just like you, so prepare yourself by carrying protection like Mace Pepper Guard. An item like this fits on a keychain and can spray tear gas, pepper spray and dye (to help identify an assailant) up to 12 feet away. Used properly, a security product like this can allow you time to run away from a crime, yell for help or at least give you a fighting chance at surviving an attack.
While many think such items are for women only, consider this: police officers with official training and who carry firearms are usually also armed with pepper spray. The reason for this? It works.
Stay Close To the Airport and To Your Hotel
If given the chance, opt to lodge at a hotel close to the airport. Also, stay as close to your hotel as possible during your leisure time. In general, security is often better around these areas and you’re more likely to find enough well-lit stores and restaurants to save you the hassle of having to find your way around town for something as simple as a good meal. Be aware, though, that criminals often hang out in these areas looking for business travelers, so be sure to heed all of the previous warnings, still.
Do you travel a lot for business? What are some of the best security tactics you’ve learned from experience? We hope you’ll share some of your stories with our readers below.