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Hotel Bedroom Safes.... not secure

Infinity
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Hotel Bedroom Safes.... not secure

Apparently the default keycode for many Hotel Bedroom Safes is..........................

 

000000 (Six Zeros)

 

One of the small ones in my home, the batteries died without being noticed, and being several years old, the Emergency keys were mislaid.

I just could not open it, tried various Internet methods.

 

In the end, bashing the top with a large hammer, revealed a crack in the front, at the horizontal joint.

This I widened, but not by much.

 

In the end, a friendly mechanic opened it for me, using an industrial reciprocating saw, and bending back the top, I was able to gain access to the contents.

(I showed ID, and described the contents to him, he also knew me anyway) 

 

Not too many metal filings, most contents were within plastic boxes.

Only backup disks and HDD's , of which I had others, but even so.....

 

The replacement safe, batteries will now be closely monitored, and replaced annually, and the manual keys stored "safely" away, with a note as to where they are... coded.

 

Next time we are in a Hotel, I will try the default code, if it works, I won't be using that "safe"

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Re: Hotel Bedroom Safes.... not secure


Infinity wrote:

, and the manual keys stored "safely" away, with a note as to where they are... 


Not in the safe I hope.  Roll eyes

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Re: Hotel Bedroom Safes.... not secure

If you are staying in a large chain hotel and forget your safe code, a quick call to the concierge will normally result in building maintenance staff arriving with a hand held device which they plug into the safe to reset the code in about 20 seconds.

Any self respecting thief would have one of those programmers.

Most hotels have some form of safety deposit at reception where you can store things with a greater level of security. 

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Re: Hotel Bedroom Safes.... not secure

Thinking of buying a cheap safe? Anyone can open them in a few seconds.

 

Watch these youtube videoes:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ApJQ2wcYjBo

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hcYB9ceiAiY

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Re: Hotel Bedroom Safes.... not secure

Somehow all my valuables always seem to fit in my wallet or pocket.Sad

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Eh?..You mean you have a wallet?, must have a word with wifey.  Roll eyes

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Re: Hotel Bedroom Safes.... not secure


Infinity wrote:

Apparently the default keycode for many Hotel Bedroom Safes is..........................

 

000000 (Six Zeros)

 

One of the small ones in my home, the batteries died without being noticed, and being several years old, the Emergency keys were mislaid.

I just could not open it, tried various Internet methods.

 

 

I bashed it, bounced it and all to no avail...

I was a low grade backup safe anyway, and I sort of resigned myself to just doing without the duplicated backups, which I also had elsewhere...

 

In the end Surgery worked.

 

Our really important stuff is in a very large secure safe...

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Re: Hotel Bedroom Safes.... not secure

@Infinity

I'm curious now.  You have some small safes and a very large secure one.  What on earth do you keep in them all?

( I'm assuming you aren't a Premier League player with the WAG's bling to safeguard.) Smiley

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Re: Hotel Bedroom Safes.... not secure

I bought one of those cheap electronic combination safes to store chocolate in the cellar of our house. My chocoholic daughter later confessed she'd tried many times to break into it.

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Re: Hotel Bedroom Safes.... not secure

I suppose they are not meant to be mini Fort Knoxs, but more for thwarting the look-in-see-&-take thief.

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Re: Hotel Bedroom Safes.... not secure

I think the thead title should be changed to:

Hotel Bedroom Safes.... less secure now that @Infinity has given advice on how to break into them Tongue

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Re: Hotel Bedroom Safes.... not secure

How much less secure than not secure can they beWink

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