In Room Hotel Safes are Not Safe
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I researched most of this information prior to our 30 day African photo safari
HOTEL IN-ROOM SAFES - not very safe?I have read reports of some "less-safe" lodges, wherein the
crooks seem to have access to the contents of in-room safes
(rare, I'm sure, but check the reviews on the lodge).
Actually, all it takes is a long, thin screwdriver and a little
searching on the Internet for the information.
I knew this problem existed several years ago, but
Now there is a TripAdisory thread pointing to a YouTube video
showing that some safes have a preset, easy to guess, Managers
combination that can be used to open your safe.
Personlly, I would believe that all modern hotel safes have this
Manager's combination - there must be many thousands of hotel
safes that are left empty and locked by departing customers -
a big waste of Hotel staff time.
MILOCKIE in-room Safe LOCKI have a Milockie Hotel Safe Lock (Model #MK1000)
that will work on Most in-room Safes and help prevent both the
long screwdriver attack and the pre-set Manager's combination
attack. Your safe is now locked by both the Milockie Lock
and the safe's lock - so thieves have to get through both locks.
It's not cheap - I paid $ 70 USD in 2010.
I'm not sure that the Milockie could not be broken - but it is more secure.
Milockie Hotel Safe Lock.flv
TRAVEL SAFES (not for wearingI also took a 20 Liter Pacsafe TravelSafe 20L Portable Safe (model #PE002BK).
If you take one, be certain to bring a LONG, THICK cable that you can use
to attach it to some immovable object. NOTE that there may NOT be anything
to attach the safe to, in your room. Are there any pipes that you can use?
OTHER RELATED INFORMATIONSome Hotel Electronic Door Locks are easily Defeated
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