Cabin / Hotel Room safe ; has someone been in it ?

This came about when I was sending DebbiVi an e-mail. We discussed it a bit earlier this evening, and it has to do with your hotel room or cabin safe. Really, it's about knowing if someone has opened it while you were ashore or out of the cabin. What you'll need; your camera, and something innocuous like a chess piece ( preferably a Knight because of all the edges ).

1) before you place everything in the safe, lay it all out and take a couple of pictures of what is going in.

2) before you lock the door, place the chess piece in the front. Take a picture, then lock the safe.

3) upon your return, open the safe and compare the picture you took to the interior now. If the chess piece is moved or turned, you know something is wrong, take a photo, and call security immediately. Don't empty the safe til they get there. Explain what you did, and show them the pictures, and what you found when you returned. Proceed to empty the safe and examine the contents. If anything is missing, you'll know, and so will security.

Keep the photos for insurance purposes or whatever else.

Id be curious to know if this idea works for anyone.

13 Answers

Really good ideas BAK.

Really good idea Bennett! I was going with just put a piece of white paper around the edge of the safe door when you close it, but then you brought out a very important part - take a pic of the knight in front of the safe for proof! Knight on!

Just for clarification, the knight goes inside the safe along with everything else. This way, if someone rummages around inside, you'll know. And take a picture before you close the door to the safe.

Smart thinking Bak, will definitely be doing that next time.

Has anyone ever had anything taken from their safe on board? Really?

It has happened, allegedly. However, the original conversation was about NY hotel room safes. The idea carries over though.

I am guessing the only other option would be to place a motion activated camera inside the safe. There are apps for your phone or tablet that will do this. MDspyCam is one.

Or if you want to have fun, you can build one with Arduino or Raspberry Pi.

Raspberry pie ?

I have never worried about safes - maybe I'm naïve. How about the old Sean Connery/James Bond trick where you pluck out a hair from your head, lick it, and "paste" it across the seam of the door?


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