Television sportscaster Melanie Collins has her own safety regimen when traveling for work.
To avoid the humiliation that befell fellow reporter Erin Andrews, who was videotaped through a peephole in her hotel room, Collins has a list of precautions she practices when she’s on the road.
She shared them with Inside Edition.
“Always be prepared,” she said. Always be on guard. Always have something you can use as a weapon, even if it’s just a pen.”
When checking into a hotel, she advises, make sure no one overhears your room number.
“If the front desk clerk would say my room number out loud, and I knew that there were other people standing at the front desk I would kind of back off into the lobby and wait until those people cleared the desk and then I would go back and ask to change my room,” she said.
In an elevator, she waits for others to push their floor buttons first. “And if there’s ever a man who gets off on the same floor as me, I’ll kind of step off and make sure they go ahead of me, so they’re not following me to whatever room I’m going to,” she said.
Once inside, she takes out the roll of tape she always carries and tapes over the door’s peephole.
You don’t need to be famous to be cautious, Collins says.