So, just got back from our vacation and while I noticed many occasions where security was definitely not priority one, the most egregious was in pretty much every place we stayed. Most of the places we stayed have a policy where you return your room key to the front desk whenever you leave the hotel.
The epic fail comes in when we would return to the hotel from gallivanting about in exotic locations 🙂 You walk up to the desk and say your room number and the helpful individual there hands you your key and off you go. No identity verification of any kind. Oops.
Now, if it is a small hotel with limited staff, the argument can be made that they recognize you and no further controls need to exist. Not really buying it, but there it is. The real problem I noticed is in the last hotel we stayed. Pretty much every day there was someone new behind the counter and over the course of four days I was asked for my name exactly once! To give credit to that indiviual, she even checked the register to ensure that I was the one staying in the room I asked for.
Second problem, the keys were located in plain view. This means it was easy to see which rooms were empty, i.e. key present, and which weren’t, i.e. key gone.
So what’s my point? I have an observation and a question.
1) don’t leave stuff you want to keep in your hotel room even if the hotel says it safe unless you can secure it somehow
2) When you see things like this do you/should you bring it to the attention of those responsible?