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How Safe Are Hotel Room Safes?
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Every "how to" article about keeping your stuff safe in a hotel will recommend keeping valuables in a safe.  Initially that may seem like the best place to store stuff, however, you should know that if a thief wanted to remove items of value from them, it is not very difficult.  The following information is provided to make travelers more informed about the security of valuables in their hotel room safe.

All hotels have a backdoor or "special way" so they can get into the safe in case the guest forgets the code, or loses the key. Clearly hotels need master keys or codes to open them when needed.  Some safes may use a master key, others may have a special code to open the door. Either way, when a safe has a way for unauthorized people to get in it, your valuables are never 100% safe.

If a dishonest hotel employee does take something from your hotel safe, it is always going to be hard to prove who exactly stole stuff from the safe during your stay, and hotel management may not always be willing to cooperate, especially in certain countries where management may be the culprits behind the theft. Worst of all, without any evidence, your travel insurance usually won't cover these losses.
Some dishonest hotel employees know that many people use very simple pass codes—like 1234 or 0000—so they won't forget them.   A dishonest hotel employee may be likely to try out these codes.

Here are a few more thoughts about how hotel rooms can be entered by thieves who may remove items from the room safe if the have the right skill set.

Here is a video of a dishonest hotel employee who gains access to a hotel room safe and remove only a few dollars.  It takes place at a hotel in Spain/Canary Islands.  Very interesting:

Recently there has been a video going around demonstrating how hotel door locks can be defeated by a large rod, kind of like the slim-jim bars that car thieves use to break into car doors. The funny thing is that they explain how the doors can be “secured” using a towel to prevent the attack.

The best bet here is to never assume that your hotel door lock is secure. All sorts of people have access to your room, starting with cleaning staff. There are also lots of other ways to defeat hotel door locks including traditional lock-picking and key card magstripe locks.

This is why they give you a hotel safe in your closet. Oh wait, people can trick hotel staff into opening the safes or just use a paper clip.

Hotel liability is a confusing issue made even more so by the fact that it varies from country to country, from state to state, and from hotel to hotel. Unless you can prove

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that a property was negligent, you have virtually no recourse. Even if the hotel cooperates and entertains the claim, following up on it—especially if the hotel is in another country—can entail an insufferable wait. That said, if you feel that you have a legitimate claim and that the property was negligent, be persistent. And always file a police report as evidence of the crime.

Since hotels routinely refuse claims, explore an alternative source of relief: homeowner's insurance. It usually covers thefts that occur while policyholders are on vacation, although you may have to pay a deductible, leaving you out of pocket in the end.One very unique way to secure your valuables inside your hotel room safe is with a unique device called the Milockie Hotel Safe Lock.

This device consists of a special lock and strap, and allows you to secure the safe with your own lock, preventing anyone else from gaining access.
The Milockie Hotel Safe lock is not cheap, it costs around $79.00, but if you regularly travel with expensive items that need to be locked away in the hotel safe, it may be a worthwhile investment.

The bottom line is not to become completely paranoid about your hotel room, but to use your common sense. Don’t leave large amounts of cash or irreplaceable jewelry in your room and make sure that you carry copies of your passports with you.

To see a variety of unique hotel security items, as well as the Milockie Hotel Safe Lock, visit www.CorporateTravelSafety.com.

e best bet here is to never assume that your hotel door lock is secure. All sorts of people have access to your room, starting with cleaning staff. There are also lots of other ways to defeat hotel door locks including traditional lock-picking and key card magstripe locks.

This is why they give you a hotel safe in your closet. Oh wait, people can trick hotel staff into opening the safes or just use a paper clip.

The bottom line is not to become completely paranoid about your hotel room, but to use your common sense. Don’t leave large amounts of cash or irreplaceable jewelry in your room and make sure that you carry copies of your passports with you.

Our site contains over 100 pages of travel safety tips and security tips that are useful for any traveler. You will find tips involving luggage theft, avoiding pickpockets, laptop theft, hotel burglary, and airplane, train, automobile, and boat travel crimes.