Your passport, computer, jewelry and other valuables might not be as secure in a room safe as you thought. That’s because some hotels don’t change the default unlock code, which exists to helps you out when you’ve accidentally forgotten your self-created passcode. The default code for most hotel safe models is 000000. Not exactly a thief-proof passcode, wouldn’t you agree?
So, before you drop your valuables in your room safe and set out to explore a new country, double check your room’s safe. Lock it with a numerical password of your choice and make sure you cannot unlock your safe with an all-zero combination or the always popular 1-2-3-4 code. If that default unlocks the safe (or there is no safe in your room), contact the front desk and ask if they have a safe or safety deposit boxes where you can store your valuables. Not every safe is quipped with this capability, so talk to the hotel’s concierge or front desk if you have any additional concerns about safety.
It’s important to remember that while you will not likely be robbed by a hotel employee, they do have access to the safe with any sort of default passcode. An alternative is to lock your valuables, or even valuables that are too big for the hotel safe, in your suitcase using a combination lock. Then, place the suitcase out of view in the closet or on the far side of your hotel bed for additional security.