I was on vacation last week and stayed in a Holiday Inn Express which is the chain we usually stay in. We were in Virginia near Royal Front and the exit off the highway looked ok. After checking in my wife noticed a safety tips card on the desk.
I wish I had a copy of it, it warn of answering you door, always call the front desk if anyone comes to your door and says they are a hotel employee call the front desk, warned of going to your car after dark. I don't remember all the warnings.
My point is this, when you get off an exit in a strange town you have no idea of where you are at, so be careful. I was sure glad I was armed.