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Discussion in 'The Okie Corral' started by ERASER, Oct 7, 2012.
Especially if you cover them with burglar resistant film. Either way, I am not a patio door fan.
Oh, you could get in, hell it would be markedly easier to just throw something through the livingroom window 2 feet to the left of the door, or just cut through the wall.
However, those both attract attention, my intention was simply to make the most common ways in, not so easy.
I think this is a big deal. Hotel rooms weren't very secure before, but the notion that anyone with a little bit of easily concealed equipment can open a door without attracting attention in 1 second is... Disturbing.
The huge bummer is that the vulnerability isn't fixable without a total hardware swap...
Tempered glass is pretty tough. Same as a door glass on a car. Will take a pretty good hit with wood, but with something that has no give, like a hammer it will "explode" Breaks into many small pieces. That is the safety factor of it. (42 yrs in the glass & plastics business)
You could take a spare key. Put it in a sealed container. Then bury it. If that day ever comes you just have to unbury the key. It's a lot safer than leaving a "hide-a-key" somewhere. I doubt any theives are going to dig in random areas for a key. You might want a marker of some kind so you can remember where to dig.
My wife consistently does the same type of thing.
She'll locked the outer glass storm door, and leave the heavy wooden door unlocked.
She says if she hears glass breaking she'll run to the bedroom and get her shotgun, but I keep telling her she'll be to startled to react fast enough. Then she just says, "but you've got your two on you don't you?"
Again, nobody thinks that locks are 100% secure in general, and anyone who thinks that hotel rooms are particularly secure is fooling themselves.
However, I'm not especially fond of the notion that ALL 2 million hotel rooms using this lock are WIDE OPEN to anyone with a little bit of hardware at any time.
I assume that right this minute a variety of criminal enterprises are building hotel-door-room-openers in dry erase markers and a wide variety of other everyday objects, and using/selling them. If not, I think I just found a new business model.
Ever stop to think why hotels not in casino towns have safes in the room?
If you use the hotel room safe, you are a much more accomplished fool then one who would confuse a private room in a public space - to which they have one of an unknown number of keys for - with a secure location.
Anyone who is surprised by how easily door locks are bypassed should maybe look into the same for the hotel room safe.
I've never used one with a key. They have electronic programmable locks. You set your own code. That's not to say they don't have a "master" code. When in doubt, have valuables locked in the safe at the front desk. Then again, a buddy that traveled to Peru had his passport stolen when terrorists stole the hotel safe.