We have all stayed at hotels that have a nice balcony overlooking the ocean or the city. We do so because it adds to the ambiance, or maybe just to cool down the room. But how safe is it to sleep with the balcony door open. Most travelers who think about this subject turn their thoughts to hotel rooms on the first floor, where it would be easy to access a hotel room while guests were sleeping, but what about rooms on higher floors – are they safe? The answer really depends on the layout of the hotel balcony, how close it is to the ground, as well as how easy is it to access from the room next door or even the roof of the hotel.
While thefts from hotels as guests sleep are not too common, they do happen, all around the world, and it is something every traveler should take note of. Case in point, recently some guests were staying at a flagship hotel on the island if Malta and slept with the balcony door open. They awoke to the sounds of someone inside their room, went to investigate and say three men escaping the room through the room’s balcony. Luckily, they were able to alert hotel security who quickly found the thieves nearby in possession with items stolen from the guest’s room, and were subsequently arrested. Every traveler should keep in mind that anytime they leave their balcony door open, whether they are asleep in their room, or even when they are out sightseeing for the day should give a few thoughts to the safety and security of their valuables.
Videos Showing Hotel Balcony to Balcony Thefts and How Easy it is to Gain Entry into Hotel Rooms by Open Balcony Doors
Think these types of thefts don’t happen, take a look at some of these hotel room thefts that occurred by a thief gaining entry to guests hotel rooms with an open balcony:
- Guest staying in luxury resort in Phoenix awoke to find his wallet missing – thief entered room by open balcony door – New York Times.
- Thief gains access to hotel resort rooms in Jamaica by unlocked balcony doors of 2nd and 3 floors – Trip Advisor.
- Thieves eluding police by jumping balcony to balcony – shows how easy thieves can jump from balcony to balcony, from floor to floor. While these thieves were only stealing beer, it shows how it can be done – CBS News Los Angeles.
When staying in a hotel with a balcony, take a look around and see if it can be accessed easily from the adjoining balcony, a tree growing alongside it, or even from someone dropping down from the roof – which was the manner one thief used to gain entry to a guest room some years back.
Never leave items of value in plain sight when you leave your hotel room. Put them in the hotel room safe, locked in your luggage, or consider taking a portable safe with you in case your room does not have one.
Here are some tips to consider:
Note that when the hotel maid cleans the room, they are human too and make mistakes. All maids will clean your balcony, but keep in mind that in their rush to do so, they may forget to lock the door, or may even leave it open, as in this case in a Barcelona hotel.