When you arrive at a hotel room, you are unlikely to immediately check the lock on the door.
But holiday makers have warned guests that it’s the first thing they should do, as some have had bad experiences.
Most hotels use an electronic key card to open a room door, and anyone with a key card assigned to that room can use it to get inside.
But most rooms have a latch or latch on the inside that guests can use to secure the door for everyone, including anyone with a key card.
Reddit user r / LifeProTips took to the community sharing site to urge hotel guests to check to make sure their doors are properly locked and that their rooms are secure before they settle in.
They write: “Check your hotel room door lock BEFORE you open the package.
“Before you settle in, make sure your door has a working latch that you can attach from the inside, and if the latch is damaged or non-existent or the lock is in poor overall condition, ask for help. Ask for another room.
“Your hotel expenses should include this basic level of security.”
The post received 6,000 upvotes and over 300 comments from people who revealed horror stories from their hotel rooms.
One person shared a story about a time when they didn’t lock their hotel room door.
They wrote: “I used to stay in a hotel and they have physical keys to the rooms.
“It was almost morning, this woman had just unlocked my door and was halfway through the door when she screamed and ran out.
“All the keys open every door… she was using the room opposite and had clearly forgotten which one was hers.”
Another wrote: “My aunt and her friend met a guy at the bar who followed them back to their motel (without their knowledge).
“At midnight, he convinced the front desk that he knew the girls and so they gave him the keys to their room.
“My aunt is a pretty light sleeper and woke up to this guy snoring on their floor. She screamed, the guy woke up and tried to explain, she didn’t let go and kicked him out. Then she tore the front desk a new one.”
Another recalled a time when they couldn’t lock the door because it had been secretly opened.
They said: “My husband went to the bathroom, while I locked the door latch behind us. It opened when I checked. I locked the latch, the door opened. Rinse and repeat.
“I found a plastic ‘no smoking’ sign, a paper advertisement, and trash stuffed in a door jam – you know, where’s the handle that locks to the frame?
“So it looks locked, looks like it’s locked, but nothing’s locked. I pull everything out and lock the door for real and try to stop the hyperventilation.”
Another wrote: “My parents were checked in in one room. When they opened the door (with keycard) there was another guest in the shower (thinking the door was locked – a reasonable expectation of well-being.) privacy from the client side).
“Somehow the staff gave the same room key twice.”
A fifth person wrote: “Last summer someone kicked our hotel door with a kick. No latches or latches like someone [had] just leave the room for something.
“Then I’ll definitely check the locks next time I’m at a hotel.”
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https://www.thesun.ie/travel/8292308/hotel-room-lock-deadbolt-secure/ Why you should ALWAYS check your hotel room door before you open the package