While most hotel employees are honest, every occupation has a few employees who may steal. The following videos were taken by hotel guests who have caught dishonest hotel housekeepers or maids stealing items from their room, or going into their personal belongings in search of items to steal.
You should always check that your valuables are secured out of view prior to leaving your hotel room. Your hotel room is not private, nor is it 100% secure. Hotel staff has access to it and perhaps so do prior guests or thieves. Obviously, many hotel rooms have in-room safes, but sometimes they don’t work or you may be concerned that dishonest hotel employees have the master code to the room safes. Hotel staff must have a passkey or passcode to access safes for guests who forget their code or if the safe electronics fail.
How to Thwart Stealing from Your Hotel Room
The most obvious way not to tempt anyone who enters your hotel room not to steal is not to leave any valuables visible. The next level is to use a variety of travel security products to help prevent hotel room theft.
One solution is to use a portable travel safe. They are easy to carry and help protect valuables left in a hotel room, car, dorm, or even at home! Here is one of our favorite portable safes. It’s packable, holds a laptop plus a whole lot more. If you need security outside of your room take it with you and use the built-in steel cable to lock it down to a stationary item. Securing fewer items? The Pacsafe 5L travel safe may be all you need, it accommodates a tablet and takes up minimal space in your luggage. If you want a visual deterrent and tamper-evident lock for your hotel room safe, the Milockie is a wise choice.
While most employees who work in hotels are honest, we think it is best not to tempt people. The first video was shot by a traveler who was staying in a hotel overseas and thought that money was being taken out of his wallet when he was away from his room. He set up a hidden camera and caught the hotel maid stealing money from his wallet.
Videos Caught Housekeepers or Maids Stealing from Guest Rooms
We would like to emphasize again that the vast majority of housekeepers are honest! Secondly, we understand that theft by housekeepers from hotel rooms is more prevalent in international destinations. If your money, passport, or other valuables are stolen while you are in a foreign country it can be devastating, possibly affecting your ability to travel and delaying your ability to fly home. Therefore we suggest you take added measures to increase the security of your valuables while traveling. For your hotel room or vacation rental property, one reliable measure is to bring a hotel safe tamper-evident device or a steel-reinforced travel safe.