Security expert, Jim Stickley tested how easy it is to open a hotel safe….at a Caesars-owned Horseshoe hotel in the US. The result? He opened the safe within seconds with a small screwdriver and an old keyring. He then relocked it without putting in a code.
Now that we know our hotel safe’s aren’t secure, what other precautions can we take when staying in a hotel?
- Place a ‘Do Not Disturb’ sign on the door, and keep a TV or music playing when you’re not there.
- Leave a bit of cash in an obvious place, so thieves can take it without looking anywhere else.
- As you leave the room, pretend to announce your departure as if someone is still in the room.
- If you feel the safe isn’t secure, keep your money in an envelope and tape it to areas that cleaning staff won’t come across (underneath empty bins, under drawers, under desks etc.)