The locks on the majority of hotel rooms are easily compromised using the simplest of means and I myself have been a victim.
A 24-year-old software programmer recently demonstrated that one of the world’s most widespread magnetic card locks was easily hacked and the same lock is used by many hotel chains, as well as on luxury cruise ships. In just 200 milliseconds, a security expert was able to demonstrate a security compromise which he blamed on outdated technology. Most of the security systems in place in the hotel business or on cruise ships involve technology that has remained essentially unchanged for years due to the fact that many hotel operators are not concerned with the costs of improving safety technology and their actions indicate that they are more concerned with profitability than consumer safety.
At a hotel security conference last week, a self-described hacker/music aficionado demonstrated a homemade gadget that can conceivably unlock millions of hotel rooms worldwide and the gadget allegedly costs $50 dollars. The hotel industry states that the widely used current key cards are time tested and although they have their quirks, the fundamental technology is solid.
As an experienced inadequate security and hotel attack lawyer, I advise all of my readers to always use a secondary security system when in the hotel room including, but not limited to, a dead bolt, chain, or latch. Make sure that your door always closes completely when you are entering or exiting the room. If someone comes to your room that you do not know, contact the front desk. It goes without saying that you should never write your room number on your keycard or leave it lying around. Sometimes hotel employees will not hesitate to pick up a spare keycard lying on the dresser during room makeup and obviously this presents a compromise to your security and safety. Many of my clients and I myself have learned that just because you are in a highly rated, or even for that matter an average hotel, you may not be as safe as you think.
If you are a victim of a hotel attack or breach of security, contact one of our experienced hotel security and premises liability lawyers for a free, no obligation consultation toll free at (800) 421-9595 or online at www.reiffandbily.com.