Be Careful On Your Honeymoons!!! Terrible!

Michaela McAreavey was only going to be gone for a minute.

But when the 27-year-old Irish newlywed opened the door to her luxury hotel room on the island of Mauritius, police say she interrupted a robbery by three hotel workers who panicked and strangled her.

The slaying of McAreavey -- a former beauty queen who was on her honeymoon with new husband John, a well-known Gaelic football player -- has shocked Ireland and the United Kingdom. And it has led safety experts to remind travelers to use extra caution in hotel rooms.


ZUMA Press
John and Michaela McAreavey

John and Michaela McAreavey are shown on their wedding day, Dec. 30. Michaela was strangled in the couple's hotel room during their honeymoon on Mauritius.


"Hotels, unfortunately, happen to be a haven for criminals," Robert Siciliano, a security consultant for ADT.com, told AOL News by phone. "There's no security in a hotel room."

McAreavey's isn't the first high-profile hotel slaying. From the May killing of Stephany Flores, a 21-year-old Peruvian woman who was found dead in the Lima hotel room of Dutchman Joran van der Sloot, to the bludgeoning death this month of a Portuguese journalist in a New York hotel room, experts say there's good cause for travelers to be especially careful in hotels.

Siciliano has a few tips to keep your stay as safe as possible:

1. Don't walk into your hotel room alone. "Enlist someone from the hotel to walk you to your room to make sure everything checks out OK," Siciliano suggested. "You don't want to enter your room alone, especially for the first time. When I say that, people say, 'I don't want to be paranoid.' But that's not paranoid, that's taking care of your own security."

2. Look before you enter. "Put the lights on," he said. "And before you close the door behind you, look in the room. There very well could be someone in there already."

3. Think about carrying a ballpoint pen. Yes, really. Siciliano says the tip of a ballpoint pen can be turned into a useful weapon, if necessary. "It can be very effective for poking and gouging, if it comes to that," he said.

But Siciliano said the most important thing is for travelers to simply be aware of their surroundings, no matter where their journeys take them.

"You should be just as aware in Iowa as you are in Iraq," he said.


Source

Posted on January 16, 2011 at 2:41 pm
ChancesAre
20
06/29/2013

ChancesAre

(17) Comments

hiddengrace
3
09/10/2011
hiddengrace

hiddengrace

  • 3
  • 9
  • 1.11k
82
Followers
86
Following

hiddengrace

That's awful. What a terrible thing to happen on a honeymoon. :( The poor husband.


Great tipes there, but the best is to just be alert and aware of your surroundings, like they said.

Posted on January 16, 2011 at 2:45 pm
Thegirlnextdoor
5
09/04/2011
Thegirlnextdoor

Thegirlnextdoor

  • 5
  • 15
  • 6.1k
244
Followers
247
Following

Thegirlnextdoor

Scarey and so sad!

Posted on January 16, 2011 at 2:45 pm
maratobe
3
01/29/2011
maratobe

maratobe

  • 3
  • 13
  • 1.76k
64
Followers
67
Following

maratobe

wow thats incredible!!!


 

Posted on January 16, 2011 at 2:47 pm
Natasha118
5
06/18/2011

Natasha118

Aww this is so sad.

Posted on January 16, 2011 at 2:48 pm
kayceedee
2
08/21/2010
kayceedee

kayceedee

  • 2
  • 9
  • 457
112
Followers
116
Following

kayceedee

OMG! That's so aweful and sad.

Posted on January 16, 2011 at 3:05 pm
senoritashannon
4
11/13/2011

senoritashannon

Scary!

Posted on January 16, 2011 at 3:12 pm
starbux
10
12/31/2009
starbux

starbux

  • 10
  • 18
  • 13.6k
726
Followers
729
Following

starbux

That is so sad.  Now I'm going to very paranoid. 

Posted on January 16, 2011 at 3:20 pm
ridegrl1
5
08/04/2013

ridegrl1

Wow that's awful! Now I'm definitely going to have FI with me whenever I go in the room. We both carry knives too, so I'm always ready :)

Posted on January 16, 2011 at 3:28 pm
dfvalent
4
05/14/2011
dfvalent

dfvalent

  • 4
  • 13
  • 3.53k
168
Followers
171
Following

dfvalent

Oh that is horrible! I'm glad for the tips, but sorry that we need them :-(

Posted on January 16, 2011 at 3:44 pm
SoLovely
3
06/11/2011
SoLovely

SoLovely

  • 3
  • 12
  • 1.64k
247
Followers
249
Following

SoLovely

Oh my gosh, that is just devastating. How terrible for her husband....I can't even imagine.

Posted on January 16, 2011 at 3:46 pm
DreamingOfYou
10
12/31/2011
DreamingOfYou

DreamingOfYou

  • 10
  • 17
  • 13.4k
408
Followers
412
Following

DreamingOfYou

That is so terrible.  Bless their hearts!


Another way to protect yourself is to put your keys in between your fingers (Freddy Kruger style).  It works, trust me.

Posted on January 16, 2011 at 4:13 pm
thelmawinger
4
07/16/2011
thelmawinger

thelmawinger

  • 4
  • 11
  • 2.3k
759
Followers
763
Following

thelmawinger

scary and sad

Posted on January 16, 2011 at 4:13 pm
Caelasmom
3
04/23/2011
Caelasmom

Caelasmom

  • 3
  • 5
  • 806
18
Followers
22
Following

Caelasmom

  Yeah, a ball point pen against three men.  That'll work.  So sad.

Posted on January 16, 2011 at 4:16 pm
kjam3
10
11/28/2016
kjam3

kjam3

  • 10
  • 16
  • 10k
752
Followers
756
Following

kjam3

Oh no :o[ That's so horrible!!! Thanks for sharing! I didn't know stuff like this happens


Posted on January 16, 2011 at 4:23 pm
michaelalinton
2
12/17/2011
michaelalinton

michaelalinton

  • 2
  • 9
  • 434
35
Followers
39
Following

michaelalinton

Coming from South Africa crime is an everyday reality here, we are taught to be aware of our surroundings from a young age, it can be a safe place if you are cautious... Unfortunately where poverty is rife, usually so is crime... and believe it or not the really poor may grow to resent foreign tourists or even local ones with lots of money, because what a tourist spends in a day is probably more than they earn from working in a month... It's sad and tragic but be aware of where you do and who's there with you... I walk around by myself I have since I was 10 but I was always told to be aware and if followed what I should do etc... best advice if you are mugged or hijacked, don't resist or drive your car into a wall... 

Posted on January 16, 2011 at 4:26 pm
adamsapple
10
06/05/2011
adamsapple

adamsapple

  • 10
  • 15
  • 13k
169
Followers
169
Following

adamsapple

This was on the news all last week, it really is so sad :(

Posted on January 16, 2011 at 9:17 pm
MBeau10
3
10/10/2010
MBeau10

MBeau10

  • 3
  • 13
  • 1.7k
292
Followers
296
Following

MBeau10

This is horribly sad! I hadn't heard of this prior to this post, good safety tips too. Be safe ladies!

Posted on January 16, 2011 at 9:26 pm

Have a question? Contact Support
Top Contributors this Week
krosa
40 posts
NicholeB
31 posts
LauraSweet
30 posts
NicoleJuliette
23 posts
Canooknic
17 posts
jmbuss9
14 posts