Ho­tel room doors, are they safe enough?


In the US, there is a na­tion­wide fear that ho­tel room doors are highly vul­ner­a­ble to se­cu­rity breaches. Ho­tel guests who think they have locked the ho­tel door and as­sume it to be safe are to­tally wrong as thieves have in­vented a small, sim­ple de­vice that can un­lock ho­tel doors at some of the most pop­u­lar chains. The de­vice is so small, thieves can hide it in a magic marker.

Ac­cord­ing to a Forbes report, Janet Wolf’s ho­tel room in Hy­att in Hous­ton was robbed and there was no sign of a forced door or a picked lock.

The room’s lock hadn’t been picked, and hadn’t been opened with any key. The ho­tel man­age­ment con­firmed that none of the house­keep­ing staff had opened the door as per their records. In­stead, it had been hacked with a dig­i­tal tool that ef­fort­lessly trig­gered its open­ing mech­a­nism in sec­onds. The bur­glary was one of a string of sim­i­lar thefts that hit the Hy­att in Septem­ber 2012.

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