Why hotel room safe is not so safe as we think?
For years, you have always gotten warm tips:
"Not to leave your valuables out in plain view when you leave your hotel room".
Thefts of valuables from hotel rooms, while not rampant, are a real problem. Master keys and master key cards in the wrong hands make the thefts easier and faster. So hotel room safes may not be safe as we think.
In this case, you should know the follows about the hotel room safes.
Most Common Types of Hotel Room Safes
Electronic Keypad Room Safe: This type of safe is commonly found in mainstream hotels and resorts, is the one that MAY have the least amount of thefts from it. That’s because it requires a handheld computer device to open the safe. These safes require the attachment of a handheld PDA, with either an infra-red USB or cable. These units DO NOT have a hotel override, it reveals the guest PIN.
Electronic Keypad Safe With Keypad Override Access: These types of hotel room safes require the use of an override *sequence*, not just a PIN number. This type of safe is almost as good as the one previously mentioned,
Electronic Keypad Access With Manual Safety Key: These room safes are not as secure as the previous two. This style requires the moving of the safe to enter a key and entering an override code. They record the time and date of the override entry, but nothing else.
Manual Key Safe With Safety Key Access: This is a very old room safe model and is becoming rarer as time passes as hotels remodel and replace them with newer electronic versions.
How Does Hotel Room Safe Theft Happen?
Theft from hotel in-room safes is not an everyday occurrence, but it does happen. Hotel guests do forget their safe codes or safe electronics may malfunction. Therefore, the hotel staff has to have some way to unlock the hotel room safe. Hotels all have a special “electronic backdoor” that allows them to use a special digital code, key, or electronic device to open the safe if needed. So you are truly not the only one with access to your safe.
Using nothing more than a simple pocket tool and a short length of wire, the safe can be easily opened. The interesting part is when the safe’s door is then closed, it automatically locks itself again like nothing’s happened. So when a traveler returns to their hotel room they’ll see the safe door is closed and assume it’s locked and secure, when in reality some or all of the contents have been secretly stolen.
This is just one way to open a hotel room safe, however, there are other ways too it all depends on the safe design and manufacturer.
Solutions to protect your valuables in hotel room.
As mentioned above, hotel room safe locks itself again like nothing's happen when the safe's door is opened and closed. That is key point, what if we or hotel can get notification when theft opened the safe?
What we need is the hotel room safe box with smart control function. It allows you to set your fingerprint to access the safe, that mean no one can access except you. A smart APP can show you the status of this safe box in real time. If a theft open the safe by force, alarm will active and send notification, you and hotel can take action at once.
What do you think? If you have any other idea, please share with us and we can make a better solution.