MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - Booking a nice hotel and motel stay for Labor Day weekend could become difficult for a lot of people because the lower gas prices in the state of South Carolina have AAA projecting a 5 percent increase into those traveling over the holiday weekend.
Those people likely will need a place to stay, but AAA leaders tell WMBF News they don't suggest visitors to just pick a place without looking into the hotel or motel they would be staying at first.
Tracie Lawrence is the Branch Manager at AAA in Myrtle Beach she admits time is running out when it comes to booking a trip, "but if someone is coming into an area for the first time ask for help get with a local agent or agents in our town locally because they are going to know a little bit more about the area and have suggestions to some places you wouldn't have known about."
If there isn't enough time to get with an agent Lawrence suggests to at least to make sure the hotel or motel is reputable. Lawrence said the options for guests are to first check online, or pay attention to the sign of the establishment out front or at the front desk.
At around midnight on Monday a women staying in a motel along Ocean Boulevard had her pocket book stolen, and $3,500 was taken.
According to the police report filed with the Myrtle Beach Police Department she saw the thief enter her room through a sliding glass door.
So to better protect belongings from a thieves grasp, Lawrence suggests choosing a hotel versus a motel. Lawrence said if you're nervous about traveling stay out of a motor inn,and those are places with entry points from your room to the outside.
Donald Robinson brought his wife and four young child to Myrtle Beach from Washington D.C. for a few days. Robinson said security is on his mind when he chooses a place to stay. "Before we go to a hotel we do a little research so far this one has checked out pretty good."