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Woman Shares Things To Look Out For In A Hotel Room To Make Sure It’s Safe
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Social Issues, Travel1 year ago

Woman Shares Things To Look Out For In A Hotel Room To Make Sure It’s Safe Interview

Your safety is paramount. And you should always see it as a priority, no matter if you’re on the streets, in a very public and crowded place, or even somewhere where you tend to let down your guard. Like in a hotel room.

Internet content creator Allie Lovegood, who goes by the username Lovegood_allie on TikTok, uploaded a series of videos where she shares safety tips to keep in mind while traveling. According to the TikToker, hotel rooms aren’t as safe as you might think, so she pointed out a few things to note, including how to check if a mirror is two-way and what to do if your door only has a simple latch lock.

Allie, who is an abuse recovery coach, told Bored Panda that she first learned about the hotel safety tips from a friend who’s a former police officer. “The response I have received has been supportive because so many of my followers are women who travel alone and have been a victim of domestic violence, robbery, or rape,” Allie said how her followers have reacted to her TikTok videos.

According to Allie, her main safety tip wherever she goes to always be aware of her surroundings. “Paying attention to other people’s behavior and mannerisms has allowed me to stay safe and leave quickly if I feel something is off,” she said.

Allie revealed to Bored Panda that she is a survivor of domestic violence and emotional abuse and wants to help others who might be feeling trapped. “When I left my abuser in December 2019, I didn’t realize how desensitized I was to dangerous situations because of all of the abuse. Once I escaped, I took 5 solid months to start my healing journey and I started speaking of the abuse I endured. I don’t want to put myself into a situation where I am a victim again,” she shared.

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TikToker Allie shared a host of hotel room security tips to keep in mind the next time that you travel. Here’s the full video

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“I’ve had to learn who I was at a core level because I lost myself along the way by changing myself so much to fit his wants and needs. Relearning who I was has been a blessing in disguise. My boundaries with people are solid. If they don’t respect them, they are no longer in my life. I’ve been taking a self-defense class with [American actor] Ernest ‘The Cat’ Miller) which has given me the confidence I needed to defend myself physically and has strengthened my mentality.”

Allie continued how her journey has led her to help others. “Now I am an abuse recovery coach helping victims of abuse through and after their relationships/partnership. I coach them and work out a plan to help them along their healing journey. It’s all to get the client to the point where they don’t need me anymore. Once they are confident enough and realize their self-worth, that’s what it’s all about. I love what I do.”

She also had some words of support for anyone who is a victim of violence and abuse: “I know you’re in the dark and you feel so alone. Don’t give up. You can live a life where you are loved, happy, and free. All you have to do is shake the devil’s hand, walk right past him, and climb out of that hole. You are one decision away from a totally different life. When you’re ready, I’ll be there to help.” Allie added that her schedule is in her bio, right here, for anyone in need of a coaching session.

Allie explained how anyone can quickly check to see if the mirror in their room is genuine or a two-way one

Image credits: lovegood_allie

Image credits: lovegood_allie

The woman is very skeptical of hotel room locks and showed her viewers how to make sure nobody can get in

Image credits: lovegood_allie

Image credits: lovegood_allie

Image credits: lovegood_allie

Image credits: lovegood_allie

Image credits: lovegood_allie

The TikToker advised getting a room closer to the stairs rather than the elevator, in case of an emergency

Image credits: lovegood_allie

Image credits: lovegood_allie

Finally, Allie shared how to check if your room has any hidden cameras in it

Image credits: lovegood_allie

Image credits: lovegood_allie

Earlier, I had a chat about staying safe with Emily May, the Co-Founder and Executive Director at ‘Hollaback!’, an organization aiming to end harassment in all of its forms. According to Emily, rebuilding your sense of safety after being the victim of harassment in your local area is far from easy.

“One thing that can help you build a sense of safety is community. Take the time to get to know the good folks in your neighborhood and build positive relationships with not just your neighbors, but the people who deliver the mail, the trash folks, the guy that mows your neighbor’s lawn, etc.”

She continued: “The more people you know, the more people will have your back if something happens again. Knowing this can increase your sense of safety and belonging in your community,” May said.

May added that harassment can take place anywhere: in the street, the supermarket, and even social media.

“At its core is a power dynamic that constantly reminds historically subordinated groups of our vulnerability to assault in public spaces,” May explained. “Street harassment can happen to anyone, but disproportionately punishes women, girls, LGBTQ+ people, and other marginalized groups for being themselves in the world.”

Here’s what some TikTok users had to say after they watched the video about safety

Done reading this article? Check out Bored Panda’s other recent post about hotel room safety right over here. Got any other hotel room or general safety tips to share with all the other Pandas? Let us know in the comment section.

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Hans
Community Member
1 year ago (edited)

First, for security advice listen to professionals and not to some random TikToker who seeks attention. Second, the idea of blocking the hotel room door with furniture, an iron board or whatever is very, very bad. Just try to factor: what are the chances that someone tries to get into the hotel room and will not run if he hears you because he actually is after you? Tiny, but of course, they exist. How high are the chances that a fire breaks out and you need to leave but removing the blocking does not work because you panic? Still tiny, but still much higher! How high are the chances that you have a heart attack, stroke, or other serious medical indicent (slipping in the bath room and breaking something) but you have made it nearly impossible for first responderes to get into the room unless they wait for heavy gear to break the whole door? Much, much higher! I understand that the fear of kidnapping is real, but if measures take you into more danger from other sources, nothing is won!

Kitti B.
Community Member
1 year ago

Exactly!! I travelled alone, stayed in hotels alone and I've never ever thought of what that TikToker recommended? Why? Because I'm not paranoid and those safety locks are there for a reason!

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Whitney Gal
Community Member
1 year ago

Please, please, please do NOT block your hotel doors like this! I’m a woman who’s traveled alone for work for years. Do you know how many times someone has tried to break into my hotel room and kidnap me? Zero. Do you know how many times I’ve had to haul a*s out of a hotel room, half asleep, because of a fire alarm or similar emergency? At least ten.

Leo Domitrix
Community Member
1 year ago

Exactly. Just like my relative says, if you're that worried, block your door with something you can remove quickly (a wedge-shaped doorstop). So *you* are safe to leave as well as to stay. Honestly, I kinda marvel at how trapped people will make themselves!

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Martha Meyer
Community Member
1 year ago

How do people live with that much paranoia?

Whitney Gal
Community Member
1 year ago

Right?? For almost a decade I traveled alone for work at least 6 months out of every year. If I’d been this paranoid, I wouldn’t have been able to function. Being cautious and aware of your surroundings is one thing. Living as if people are out to get you 24/7 is just unhealthy.

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Hans
Community Member
1 year ago (edited)

First, for security advice listen to professionals and not to some random TikToker who seeks attention. Second, the idea of blocking the hotel room door with furniture, an iron board or whatever is very, very bad. Just try to factor: what are the chances that someone tries to get into the hotel room and will not run if he hears you because he actually is after you? Tiny, but of course, they exist. How high are the chances that a fire breaks out and you need to leave but removing the blocking does not work because you panic? Still tiny, but still much higher! How high are the chances that you have a heart attack, stroke, or other serious medical indicent (slipping in the bath room and breaking something) but you have made it nearly impossible for first responderes to get into the room unless they wait for heavy gear to break the whole door? Much, much higher! I understand that the fear of kidnapping is real, but if measures take you into more danger from other sources, nothing is won!

Kitti B.
Community Member
1 year ago

Exactly!! I travelled alone, stayed in hotels alone and I've never ever thought of what that TikToker recommended? Why? Because I'm not paranoid and those safety locks are there for a reason!

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Whitney Gal
Community Member
1 year ago

Please, please, please do NOT block your hotel doors like this! I’m a woman who’s traveled alone for work for years. Do you know how many times someone has tried to break into my hotel room and kidnap me? Zero. Do you know how many times I’ve had to haul a*s out of a hotel room, half asleep, because of a fire alarm or similar emergency? At least ten.

Leo Domitrix
Community Member
1 year ago

Exactly. Just like my relative says, if you're that worried, block your door with something you can remove quickly (a wedge-shaped doorstop). So *you* are safe to leave as well as to stay. Honestly, I kinda marvel at how trapped people will make themselves!

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Martha Meyer
Community Member
1 year ago

How do people live with that much paranoia?

Whitney Gal
Community Member
1 year ago

Right?? For almost a decade I traveled alone for work at least 6 months out of every year. If I’d been this paranoid, I wouldn’t have been able to function. Being cautious and aware of your surroundings is one thing. Living as if people are out to get you 24/7 is just unhealthy.

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