People in Scotland issued urgent holiday advice to ‘not use hotel safes’
People across Scotland and the UK are preparing to jet off on holiday and soak up some summer sun over the next few months.
However, holidaymakers have been issued an urgent warning about hiding their valuable belongings in places that thieves are familiar with.
While leaving valuables like jewellery and cash in your hotel room while you’re out and about is dangerous, taking everything with you presents its own risks as well.
This can make it hard to know how best to ensure your personal belongings do not get lost or stolen.
Travel site Hotels & Discounts has issued a warning that, although “many people believe that their valuables are safe deep in a drawer”, this is among the worst place to leave things that are valuable or important.
As reported by The Mirror, the closet, under the bed, in the fridge, under the mattress and the laundry basket should be ruled out too, as well as any bags or suitcases in your room.
The website added that in-room safes were not a good idea either, as they are one of the first places criminals check.
While this doesn’t leave tourists with many options to keep their belongings safe, there are a number of crafty solutions that could ensure your valuables do not get stolen.
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Travel site Skyscanner has revealed a number of packing tips, including how to keep your things safe inside your hotel room.
It stated: “To avoid the worst-case scenario of being robbed, it’s best to be inconspicuous: don’t flash cash or expensive jewellery.
“If you’re worried about valuable stuff in your hotel room, hide it in an empty suntan lotion container. You could also use empty lip balm containers to hide rolled-up notes. You could also consider getting travel insurance.”
Travel association ABTA has also shared practical advice for keeping safe whilst on holiday, recommending that valuable items are kept on your person during changeover days and that doors and windows are locked when the accommodation is unoccupied, as well as during the night.
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