Longtime reader Glenn shared a dirty secret about hotel room safes. They’re not safe at all! He writes:
Do you ever use the hotel safe in your room? If so, do you know about the default combination code that can make your valuables “less safe” than you thought? If the answer is “No,” then you must check out a video that was posted on YouTube on Sept. 6th by skyrangerpro.
Here is the video Glenn mentioned. It’s been viewed more than a million times!
Basically, the guy that posted the video said that they used their in-room safe. They first created a pass code, and secured their things. Then they forgot their pass code, and asked hotel management for assistance. Someone came up and punched in 000000 which was a default code that would bypass anything a guest came up on their own. This means that anyone that knows this little industry secret is capable of gaining access to your most valuable and private things (passports, money, wallet, ID, laptop, etc). He did go on to say that this may not be true of all hotel chains. But to be on the safe side, guests should check with management of the hotel they’re staying at just to be sure what their procedures are when someone forgets the pass code.
Good advice, indeed. Thanks, Glenn! Got a hot tip or deal you scored? Email me!