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?