Hotel Room Insecurity

I travel a lot, and I stay in a lot of hotels. For the last five years I have averaged somewhere 150-200 nights a year in hotels.  This year (so far) has seen me in hotels in at least 32 different cities including Boston, Charleston, Knoxville, Las Vegas, New York, Phoenix, Salt Lake City, San Diego, Tampa, Vancouver, and a host of military towns.  This gives me a lot of opportunities to see and think about the security of hotels and hotel rooms.  Hotels generally try to put on a face of security with signs reading, “For our guests’ safety this door is locked between the hours of __ and __”.  I have found this, in reality, to be so much security theater.  Hotel staff are trained in hospitality, not security.  And no matter how secure a hotel attempts to be, there are inherent flaws that are hard to overcome.  Let’s look at some examples of hotel room insecurity and what you can do to mitigate them. Continue reading “Hotel Room Insecurity”