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Is theft in hostels something I should worry about?

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1. Posted by radigga (Budding Member 4 posts) 10y

I am just wondering if there is a safe place to leave belongings when staying at hostels. I also am wondering if it cost extra to rent lockers? Thanks for any help I can get

Radigga

2. Posted by nickla (Respected Member 223 posts) 10y

Hi,

A lot of hostels will have lockers for you to use. Some of them dont, but often the owners will let you lave anything valuable with them. General rule is always leave ur big backpack locked and dont keep anything valuable in them. I have never had ne problems, but wouldnt recommend tempting fate by leaving stuff in there!

3. Posted by Rish_n_Ben (Full Member 32 posts) 10y

Always lock your bag and keep it in a locked locker, or close to your bed. Valuables.... well.....we slept with them. We put them in a sleep sack bag and tied them to the bed and then hugged them all night. Keeps the thieves away! Some people are real assholes. We had other people in our rooms who had had things stolen during the night. You learn to keep semi concious while you are sleeping. hehe. I am home now and still wake up every time I hear a noise during the night.

4. Posted by Nodnyl (Budding Member 7 posts) 10y

Keep your stuff safe!
Lock it up or lose it. :)

When in doubt and if there is a secure lock-up area, use it. Ask the hostel manager about this option. Alternatively buy a chain [no, I am not kidding] and chain your stuff to your bed or something else immovable. [Most hostels have bunkbeds, so dragging that down the hall may be problematic in the sense of being discrete.]

Good Luck! :)

5. Posted by mariqué (Budding Member 15 posts) 10y

Hi

I can't speak for all hostels but I can tell you how we do things at the one where I work. Each person has a small cupboard in the room but you need to have your own lock (we sell them too). There are also paid lockers and they're close to the reception so we can see if someone tries to break one. There is also a room for big luggage where only the staff can go.

Oh yeah, and just because someone looks trustworthy really doesn't mean they are, Seem obvious but I sometimes have people complaining that there stuff got stolen when they left it on their bed cause the people in the room with them seemed 'nice'

6. Posted by ikey (Full Member 172 posts) 10y

I don't think it's something you should worry about but definitely be aware of it. Just common sense really - don't leave valuables lying unattended. I've just come back from a two year RTW trip and was very fortunate that I had nothing stolen and to be honest i was not very careful at all. But I did meet a few other travellers with bad experiences so as little Johnny Howard would say "Be alert, not alarmed"

7. Posted by ikey (Full Member 172 posts) 10y

I don't think it's something you should worry about but definitely be aware of it. Just common sense really - don't leave valuables lying unattended. I've just come back from a two year RTW trip and was very fortunate that I had nothing stolen and to be honest i was not very careful at all. But I did meet a few other travellers with bad experiences so as little Johnny Howard would say "Be alert, not alarmed"