- Check for signs of forced entry such as broken glass, a torn screen or pry marks before venturing inside.
- Make it a habit to leave a few dollars out in the open near your entryway. Back out quietly if you see the money is gone.
- NEVER feel reluctant to call the police if you sense the possibility of an intruder inside.
- Screen all strangers knocking at your door.
- Interview them through a one-way peephole while your door is locked. Anyone who refuses to present his or her driver’s license or employee I.D. upon request should be reported to the police.
- Do not let strangers use your phone. Call for them if you believe there is a need.
- Properly secure all openings at nighttime. “Cat burglars” are deterred when the only means of gaining entry would require breaking glass or smashing a door.
- Don’t assume that upper floor windows are too high for a burglar’s reach.
- Meet clients at the office during business hours.
- You are about to meet a “stranger”.
- Do not under any circumstances conduct business in your hotel/motel room.
- First meeting, set parameters—beginning/ending times, “you are expected at next appointment at ending time.”
- Make it obvious your activities are being monitored.
- Always write or enter into computer client’s information. This way they are identified.
- Develop a code word with people checking on you to let them know when you are in trouble.
- Receive arranged phone calls to check on you during the time you are out with a client (most motel desk will provide this service).
WARNING SIGNS maybe, your client expects more than business.
- The client wants to control where to meet
- Evasive answers (not truthful) to your questions.
- Offer seems “to Good to be True.”
- The client asks for a last minute or late night meeting.
At a Hotel/Motel:
- Before trip—pack flashlight, make a copy of important documents (credit cards, driver’s license, etc.), photograph valuables that you are taking with you, i.e. jewelry, etc.
- Safe motel/hotel:
- Modern electronic locks.
- Dead bolt lock and peephole.
- Smoke and fire detectors and sprinklers in your room, hallways and meeting rooms.
- Outside dialing from each room.
- Check hallway phone to see if you can call your room (should not be able to).
- Call operator from outside phone to see if they give out your room #, if so get another room and speak with manager.