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February 04, 2009

Minimizing Risk Begins When You Book

Hotel security worldwide is bring scrutinized as never before. In Condé Nast Traveler's February issue, our editors report on what you need to know before you book your next room and the smart strategies for sleeping easy wherever you travel. Here are some things to consider before you arrive:

* Confirm that the hotel has sprinklers in every room. Check out safeplace.com for other crucial fire-safety tips.
* Reserve a room located between the third and seventh floors--away from prowlers who can gain access from the street and within reach of most fire-department ladders.
* Don't stay next to government offices, embassies, landmarks, or religious centers, especially in destinations where there's been recent unrest or that have been the subject of a U.S. State Department travel warning or alert.
* Only stay at hotels with electronic key-card access. In high-crime cities such as Rio de Janeiro and Mexico City, make sure the property's elevators also require key cards.

For more from our Staying Safe feature--including what the U.S. government can and cannot do to help its citizens overseas and tech tools no traveler should be without--pick up a copy of the February issue.

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