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#11 rodent

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    Posted 13 April 2009 - 01:41 PM

    putting your stuff in the safe just makes it easy to get robbed. they can find your valuables in seconds instead of having to look through bags.

    i warned all our guests about this, but many didn't listen. luckily no one was robbed, but another couple at the hotel was. they were packing to leave and could no longer open their safe. they also missed their ride to the airport dealing with it.

    #12 Betsy

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      Posted 13 April 2009 - 01:44 PM

      Wow - that really sucks. I'm kinda glad I didn't know (or realize that) before our trip b/c it would've been one more thing for me to worry about LOL. Now I know better though

      #13 FutureMRS.

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        Posted 13 April 2009 - 02:22 PM

        I have never had anything of mine stolen while traveling, but have heard horror stories from others who have. I've started bringing my own mini safe with me when I travel. It's small enough to fit inside my suitcase and not take up too much room, but big enough for things like jewelry & money. However it wouldn't fit my camera in there, but I usually always have my camera with me anyway.

        One of my friends who travels alot also warned me to NEVER put your valuables in the room safe for the very reason named here. Kinda sucks, but I guess c'est la vie!

        #14 bride7474

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          Posted 13 April 2009 - 02:27 PM

          Check out this link I found on youtube for how to make a mini safe

          YouTube - How to Make a Mini Safe

          #15 rodent

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            Posted 13 April 2009 - 03:23 PM

            Quote:
            Originally Posted by stachr
            Check out this link I found on youtube for how to make a mini safe

            YouTube - How to Make a Mini Safe
            could you tell the purpose of that video was to teach other kids how to hide their weed? I would work for money too, but I'm pretty sure he intended it for weed.

            #16 bride7474

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              Posted 13 April 2009 - 03:25 PM

              I'm not sure how he intended the video. I just thought it was a great idea for hiding money in, instead of the hotel safe.

              #17 Soon To Be Mrs. Gomez

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                Posted 13 April 2009 - 03:32 PM

                Thanks for the advice. I really don't need any added stress so I'm going to do anything to be safer.

                #18 BillysBride

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                  Posted 13 April 2009 - 03:52 PM

                  Quote:
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                  could you tell the purpose of that video was to teach other kids how to hide their weed? I would work for money too, but I'm pretty sure he intended it for weed.
                  Morgan, you're sounding mighty...experienced. I kid! I kid! lol...yea, you can pretty much guess what a kid that age would be needing with an undetectable hiding spot. lol
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                  #19 rodent

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                    Posted 13 April 2009 - 04:19 PM

                    Quote:
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                    Morgan, you're sounding mighty...experienced. I kid! I kid! lol...yea, you can pretty much guess what a kid that age would be needing with an undetectable hiding spot. lol
                    haha, nope never hidden weed in a highlighter. I just assumed that was the purpose of the video from the bob marley music playing. then i read some of the comments below & many were about hidding your weed.

                    anyone remember the SNL skit "you could put weed in there?"

                    Still, i was thinking that a pack of highlighter safes could be a good addition to the OOT bags. My favorite is the underware with fake skid marks for hidding your money in. Someone posted that on BDW a while back. You could always paint a pack of underware for the OOT bags.

                    #20 Dmitri_Markine

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                      Posted 13 April 2009 - 05:05 PM

                      Quote:
                      Originally Posted by stachr
                      Check out this link I found on youtube for how to make a mini safe

                      YouTube - How to Make a Mini Safe
                      The problem is, small things are usually first to disappear. t-shirts,socks,pens,markers,make-up,small $ bills- those are the things I hear about the most. Perhaps because hotel's staff is involved and they may think you will not notice them until you arrive back to your country.
                      If a marker or a pair of socks disappears from your room. Wouldn't you first think that you either forgot it back home or you just can't find it?

                      Also, it's obvious,but you shouldn't leave any valuables in plain sight. As you may know, doors are usually kept open when rooms are being cleaned. Last thing you want a thief who's walking by your room to know you have a laptop in your room.

                      For laptops you can buy an audible cable lock. Some even have GPS devices installed that can call your cell phone if someone will try to move your laptop/bag.

                      Personally, I don't think every "omg, I had XXX stolen" is true. A lot of people don't pack until the last minute and then forget things. If you are rushing, you may just not notice it! That's how our brain brain work.
                      Don't believe me, watch this video:
                      YouTube - Test Your Awareness: Do The Test

                      Also, electronic hotel keys are programmed individually for each door. If anything gets stolen, just ask a manager to see who was the last person to use the key in your room.
                      Housekeeping personal usually have keys that programmed for specific units/floors. And only managers are allowed(front desk don't have the access) to make master keys. Most hotels only have 1-2 master keys for the whole property.




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