Hotels, especially of the four and five star category, are usually extremely safe; providing you with a safe in the room and at the reception area, security guards hiding around the place, and cameras that can be so much your friend as your enemy . However, belongings do occasionally disappear sometimes without the owner ever knowing that they’re gone.
So here are a few tips to avoid your valued possessions from taking a walk:
- If the hotel has an in-room safe, use it and keep all your valuables in there.
However, if the safe is electronic, wipe the touch keys down before operating it with a damp cloth, and then dry it before entering your secret code. Try to do this every time you use the safe.
- Also after you have keyed in your code close the safe firmly. Press all the other keys/numbers that do not make up your code, and press them firmly. Doing this may set off a small alarm from the safe but it stops quickly and no one will ever pay any attention to it (!!).
The reason of doing this is because certain hotels have caught their own hotel staff placing a light oil residue or powder on the touch keys that glows when using a certain light to figure out which numbers were pressed. They managed to open the safe, and one very clever thief was taking only 1 or 2 US$ from each room. Would you have noticed? It is not a lot but in a 400 or 500 room hotel the guy was doing quite well for himself.
- Never leave valuables in soft/material bags with pockets even if they are padlocked like Alcatraz.
This avoids any potential of somebody simply splitting a seam to a pocket with a knife and removing select contents. This has happened to one of our friends and he didn’t even notice it until he reached into the and bag and pocket a while later.
This should also apply to any other luggage that you check into the airplane.
- Never get drunk and invite a stranger to your room. This seems funny, indeed, but better safe than sorry.