FBI criminal profiler: "this is the one mistake everyone makes when they stay at hotels"

[23-08-2023 03:32 PM]

Ammon News - An FBI criminal profiler has revealed the major mistake many people make when staying in hotels - and warns it could cost them their lives.

Former FBI agent Candice DeLong has advised hotel guests to never open a door to a knock or ring, unless you are know who is on the other side.

Speaking at CrimeCon, the agency veteran and ex-psychiatric nurse said she always make sure she checks who is on the other side even if she's expecting someone.

'Never open a door unless you know who it is on the other side,' she warned.

'If I order room service and there is a knock at the door, I don't open the door thinking it is room service, I ask "who is there".'

Ms DeLong has spent five decades in the criminal and psychology fields said most intrusions at hotels or at homes are opportunistic and involve criminals checking or testing unlocked doors.

She shares her knowledge on profiling and crime to help others on her podcast, Killer Psyche.

'There are ways to protect yourself, deadbolt locks are the best to have,' she said.

She added that if someone does break into your home and is threatening harm then you must start talking immediately.

'You [may be able] talk someone out of rape,' she said.

'Unless they tell you to shut up - then you shut up.'

She also told a harrowing story of a young woman who was driven off the road, raped and murdered.

She said that people who drive others off the road want them to get out of the vehicle and suggests 'hitting the car in reverse and getting out of there'.

'You have to train your kids to do the same,' she said.

Daily Mail

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