There is always an element of care when leaving valuables secured in a hotel safe in the room.
Avid travelers know that packing smart means packing light, but sometimes it is inevitable to be forced to use valuable stuff to take along for the trip. Although the logical place to store jewelry, money or passports, the hotel is safe, YouTuber LockPickingLawyer recently suggested that some models have a weakness that can items vulnerable to theft.
“What I have for you today is the public announcement on Saflok safes,” said the Youtuber, the quotation of a single brand of the hotel safe.
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LockPickingLawyer than a bottle in the age of Lagavulin scotch whisky in the safe and locked it in with a four-digit passcode. He has also been tested on an incorrect passcode in order to prove that the safe was indeed able, and the door remained firmly closed.
However, LockPickingLawyer claims that the safe is still susceptible to theft, despite all outer appearances.
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“What this hotel does not do is reset the admin password (password), which is shipped from the factory. If we are in the super user mode that comes from the factory … this hotel safe is open,” he says, not an original combination required. “If you’re ever in a hotel that one of these Saflock products, it might be a good idea to make sure that the hotel has the administrator password to protect your property,” he claimed.
Saflok has not returned a request for comment.
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TripAdvisor, also has noted that it may be wise to pack along a combination suitcase lock or a laptop cable lock for an extended trip for irreplaceable possessions. Better yet, make use of the communal offices, safes, noting that they are generally safer than safe in the room.
“Hotels are often liable for theft of the lobby, a safe deposit box, but not for theft from lockers in the room. If you’re traveling with fine jewelry or heirlooms, the vault is the place for them. Always have a written receipt for anything you leave at the front desk,” the outlet says.
Janine Puhak is an editor for Fox News Lifestyle. Follow her on Twitter via @JaninePuhak