How safe is your hotel safe?

How often have you wondered whether to carry your passports around underneath your clothes with some sort of money belt etc? Wouldn’t it be nice to have a place store it for you safely? Afterall, this is the most important document you’ll have during your journey outside your home country.

There was this video that came out in 2011 about how safe it is to use the hotel safe for your important things or valuables, it has resurfaced again recently to warn about complacency.

We are sure that many hotels would have replaced their safes by now after a period of more than 5 years…and some manufacturers seemed to have modified their designs. But the fact remains, the safes need an overriding PIN to be reset in the event of a malfunction.

While the video is dated, the key learning points we can take from the video remains:

  • Check if the safe’s default PIN has been reset or remains “00000..” Try keying it yourself and see if that works. If it alarms, well you know it does not…
  • Feel for any pin holes that may indicate that a manual override without PIN can be performed. Yeah we know that sounds over the top.
  • Consider where the most obvious places could be the safest? Eg your luggage case that has been locked? Dumb idea.
  • Perhaps put some ‘decoy’ items in the safe? LOL the trick is to decide what and remember to remove it.
  • Really hide stuff under drawers, beneath trash bins that are empty? We think the bin thing is not workable. Housekeeping staff lift up the bin to empty it don’t they?

Up to now, we have actually been quite trusting of the safes in the hotels, often placing our passports and excess cash in it. Suddenly, this changed because our psychology has been affected by re-watching the video… It’s amazing how the human mind can quickly internalize bias from what you see or hear.

Now that we are in Phuket, should we trust the apartment safe?

Author: Mel & Suan

Mel works his day job for a living, but lives for antiquities, history and geography at all other times. He enjoys writing and thought sharing and obviously traveling. Suan is a homey person, who like girlie stuff such as cross stitching etc. Enjoys shopping & modeling for Mel. What a match!

11 thoughts on “How safe is your hotel safe?”

  1. I agree with others that it depends where you are staying. Experienced thieves will find it no matter what but usually are after a quick grab. So bury it under clothes or in clothes is the best idea. So far, I have never had a problem but it would also be easy to forget things one has put in hidden places, when one does eventually check out!! That has happened to people I know.

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    1. Usually if we stay for just one night there is no concern. Its only when multiple days of stay does on need to think where to place the important things…our biggest concern is always the passports.

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  2. Great tips! I think location is important. Where you stay will decide whether you can trust the safe or not. Sometimes I feel confused where to put my things because the place is famous for thieves @_@ Passports should be carried along with us, I think ^^

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  3. I trust hotel safes 100% When it comes to leaving valuables lying around, it really depends where I am staying. After working in housekeeping, I fell like I can trust the cleaning ladies because stealing something from a guest means end of the ‘career’ . Word gets around, and you will never be able to get a job again. But I don’t think this applies if I am visiting a city with large population.

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    1. You’re right. It really depends on where one stays. While we are here this week in Phuket in our resort, we practically leave our laptops, wallets around…thus we need to cognizant of the surrondings…


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