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Potentially Millions of Hotel Guests May be Exposed to Security Issue

By December 6, 2012July 19th, 2018Commercial Litigation & Class Actions

A report of a glaring and potentially dangerous national hotel guest security issue recently came to light.

Apparently, a small, handmade device can easily unlock rooms in hotels across the country. Even worse, some chains may have been aware of this potential security breach for some time without taking any preventive action.

Many hotel chains use electronic keycard locks from one manufacturer. Thieves have developed a device, small enough to hide in an iPhone case, which allows quick and unlawful access to hotel rooms with this type of lock. The spread of this device was accelerated through online videos that show how to make it.

This particular lock is found on literally millions of hotel doors throughout the United States, potentially putting the lives of millions of hotel guests, their personal property, and the safety of their personal identification information in peril.

This issue first came to light in July. The manufacturer has stated that since it became aware of the device and the hotel lock security issues, it began working on a remedy, both mechanical and technical. However, it appears that the manufacturer and some hotel chains have been in disagreement for several months over how to pay for them. As of today, there’s no clear answer as to how many of the locks have been safeguarded against the break-in device.

Responsibility for Hotel Security Doesn’t Always Rest with Just the Owners

Owners of property of all types – especially hotels – must provide for their security of their visitors. But as this particular situation may illustrate, responsibility for negligent security issues doesn’t necessarily stop with the owners. Several parties may be at fault. Therefore, if you have been a victim of negligent security, an attorney experienced in conducting these types of investigations can be vital to obtaining just compensation for your injuries.