Hotel Safety Tools

Nearly half of hotel crimes are thefts / burglaries, and this happens to even the best hotels. Protect yourself with a portable door lock or a hotel safe lock today!

If you think a hotel room / apartment is safe, think again.

First, there are a couple of ways a hotel room / apartment can be broken into:

  • Can be opened with a paper menu if you are not in the room to use the deadbolt / latch (video).
  • Electronic locks can be hacked to create a master key card (video).
  • Inside job by hotel staff.
  • By criminals in shady / seedy areas.
  • If your door does not have a locking chain / latch.

Next, hotel room safes can be broken into as well:

  • Inside job: all hotels have a way to get into your safe.
  • Master code: some hotels do not change it. It could be a standard “0000”, found in the user manual in the lock, or even found on the Internet! Simple codes such as “1234” are easy game for burglars too.
  • Master key / master magnetic card: each safe the hotel orders comes with one, so a hotel will probably have hundreds and thousands of these. If these are not secured properly, they can used by staff / thieves to steal.

The video below, shows an investigation into how (un) safe hotel safes really are:

 

 

Mike Moske, a private investigator who has worked in hotel security for over 26 years, estimates that 60-70% of hotel thefts are inside jobs.

If that happens, it is difficult to prove that you have been a victim of theft, as there are no signs of forced entry.

Sometimes, you won’t even know! E.g. you leave a credit card in the safe. A staff opens the safe and captures your card details without taking it.

We recommend hiding your valuables in an anti-theft bag or money belt / hidden pouch, but if you prefer leaving them in your room / safe, here are 4 solutions:

When not in the room:

  1. Portable safe
  2. Hotel safe lock

When in the room:

  1. Door lock
  2. Door motion alarm

We do not recommend door bars (large and heavy) and door wedge alarms (can’t be used in many cases as it requires a specific distance between the door and floor; it may even be seen by thieves outside your door).

 

Contents

1. Portable safe

 

2. Hotel safe lock

 

3. Door lock

 

4. Door motion alarm

 

 

1. Portable safe

A portable safe is one that is slash resistant and can be attached to a secure fixture, so that it can’t be removed.

We believe this is the most secure way of storing your valuables in your hotel room, or in an apartment without a safe.

It is also highly versatile as you can lock and leave it anywhere, such as at the beach / island hopping, cruise, swimming pool, gym, park, in your car, at your seat / table, etc.

However, it is heavier than the other options. So there’s a tradeoff between weight and versatility, but we believe the weight is still very manageable.

 

1a. Best performance: Pacsafe Travelsafe 5L, 12L GII Portable Safe

The Pacsafe Travelsafe GII Portable Safe comes in two sizes, the 5L size (USD $68.96 – $86.99) and the 12L size (USD $61.20 – $105.99).

 

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This is another quality product from Pacsafe, which is the global leader in making anti-theft bags.

As with all their products, you can rest assured that the Travelsafe GII Portable Safe is well constructed, well designed, and comes with all the essential anti-theft properties.

One concern is that as the bag is embedded with steel wire mesh (criss cross manner), there are small areas which a really determined thief can cut through and steal your small items.

That however, is highly unlikely. A thief would rather choose an easier bag, as cutting up multiple small areas hoping to strike gold just sounds foolish – it takes too much time and effort.

And there is a simple workaround – just put your small items into a bigger folder / holder / item in the bag and it can’t be stolen.

Another concern is more valid however – the TSA 3 digit combination lock provided is just not good enough. First, TSA locks are easily broken. Second, there are only 1,000 combinations. A thief who takes 1 – 2 seconds to test every combination will only need 16 – 33 minutes. If your number is in the middle, that will reduce it to 8 – 16 minutes.

As such, if you do get this bag, we highly recommend getting the 4 digit combination padlock by Desired Tools which is sturdier and brute force testing of every combination takes 10x longer – a thief will have to go through 10,000 combinations.

 

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What others have to say

Good choice to protect your valuables in places where there are no other options

By Paul Q

 

Worked as advertised. No problems with the included lock if you patiently follow the instructions. If you are concerned about the security of the included lock, you can use a different one. I don’t know why this lock needs to be TSA compliant unless you are planning on checking it with things in it – not sure what scenario would produce that condition?

 

I have the 5L version. I used it in Morocco where there aren’t always safes in the rooms. I cabled it to some bathroom plumbing. It easily fits a couple of iPads, camera, a couple of pill cases and still has room for a bit more.

 

Only drawback is that it’s a little heavy and thick. It does take up space in your bag.

 

TIP: Don’t mind the negative review about being able to cut into it and pull cash / passports / smaller items out through the open mesh. Just put these items inside larger items. For example, I put my passport and some cash inside my iPad case. It will substantially reduce the possibility of someone being able to retrieve the contents of the bag through a hole cut in between the mesh.

 

If you are going to be staying in places without safes or other security options, this is a good choice.

 

Perfect item to lock valuables!

By vagabondsteeler

 

Took this on vacation and loved it. Great for the beach if you have a good place to lock it to. We put in both of our kindles, both of our phones, small camera and wallets and still had more room. It was so nice to be able for both of us to go into the water at the same time without worrying that someone would steal our belongings.

 

Worth the price! This is heavy duty and fold flat to go in suitcase.

 

great product

By Bud

 

Great product! I’ve stayed at some hotels where there haven’t been a safe for some reason. And I’ve certainly been to parks, beaches etc., where I’ve felt a need for a product that keep valuable safe in the car while I enjoyed the day.

 

Now I feel like I can leave my GPS, or laptop in the trunk, secure in my pacsafe, while I go to the beach. Hopefully, I won’t be proven wrong one day. This travel safe is large, fits my gps, and 14″ laptop easily. And it’s easy to use.

 

Key features

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Guard from cut and run: 360-degree eXomesh stainless steel wire mesh embedded into poly canvas fabric to help prevent would-be thieves from breaking into safe.

Lockable: TSA accepted three-dial combination lock included to secure stainless steel cable to a fixture in your hotel room, by the pool, in the car, or in-flight.

Ergonomics: the portable safe folds down flat to fit in your luggage when you’re not using it and comes with carry handles for convenience. Exterior is also water resistant.

Compartment: interior features padded EVA foam laminated and soft brushed polyester lining. The 12L fits up to a 15-inch MacBook, while the 5L will fit an iPad (10-inch tablet), camera, jewelry, and other small items.

 

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Product dimensions

  • Dimensions (H x W x D):
    • 5L:16.34 x 10.43 x 1 in / 41.5 x 26.5 x 3 cm
    • 12L: 20.47 x 13.78 x 1 in / 52 x 35 x 3 cm
  • Weight:
    • 5L: 1.1 lbs / 17.6 oz / 499 g
    • 12L: 1.57 lbs / 25.1 oz / 712 g
  • Strap length: drop height
    • 5L: 33 in / 11 cm
    • 12L:12 in / 13 cm
  • Materials: 900D Polyester Twisted, PU1000mm; Lining: 220g brush PES laminated with 2mm L1800 EVA
  • Colors: black, charcoal, utility, storm

 

Reviews and ratings

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  • Rated 4.3 / 5 stars from over 170 reviews
  • Over 85% of reviews are 4 and 5 stars

 

 

1b. Best value: SAFEGO Portable Indoor / Outdoor Lock Box Safe

If the Pacsafe Travelsafe portable safe is out of your budget, the SAFEGO Portable Indoor / Outdoor Lock Box Safe with Key and Combination Access (USD $39.95) is a highly affordable alternative.

 

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One of the top selling portable safes on Amazon, this safe has also been featured on many travel media, such as Business Insider, USA Today, Travel Weekly and more.

Why? Because this product is sturdy, roomy, affordable, convenient and flexible with its combination lock or key access.

However, our main gripe is again, the 3 digit combination lock. Such a lock only provides 1,000 combinations. Should a thief take 1-2 second to test every combination, a thief will only need around 16 – 33 minutes to crack your lock. If your number is somewhere in the middle, that means 8 – 16 minutes are all that is needed.

On the other hand, a 4 digit combination lock has 10,000 combinations, which means it takes 10x the time required to crack the same lock by testing every combination. Unfortunately, the 3 digit combination lock is a permanent fixture of this product and cannot be changed.

That said, at this price range, we believe the SafeGO product still represents great value for money and the 3 digit lock should still suffice as a deterrent.

 

What others have to say

Glad I purchased the item!!!!

By drseuss74

 

Purchased this for my trip to Jamaica just to be safe. First let me say that the product does hold much more than I was expecting. Whenever we left the beach we would lock the safe around a tree next to our chair, to our chair, or any place close by that we needed.

 

The SafeGo was built very sturdy and I never had any worries about someone either taking or breaking into the box while we were away. The lock was sturdy and I never felt worried leaving my items in it unattended.

 

I was able to comfortably put two Galaxy S6 Edge phones, lighter, keys, cigarettes, and a water proof camera in it at one time. The people we were traveling with said they were going to buy one once they returned after using and seeing ours.

 

One thing that really impressed me was when one of the cofounders of SAFEGO emailed me asking for my feedback and to see what my impressions were. That ladies and gentleman is customer service!!!!!!!!! I explained that we had not had a chance to use it yet and I would post the review upon my return.

 

The only thing I would change or ask for was maybe a second model that is about 2-3 inches longer/wider (left to right). If it had been just slightly longer I would have been able to put a few more items in here along with what I had mentioned previously. Otherwise the product was perfect and did what I was hoping for and even exceeded my expectations.

 

Great Portable Safe

By Charley

 

Bought this portable safe for our island hopping vacation. The safe is roomy inside and we like the fact it is safe combo lock and a physical key for backup or visa-versa. Bought it in white to help resist sun absorption.

 

Works great by using the security cable to loop 2 beach chairs together to discourage theft. Color blends in with chairs and towels. Very handy so both of us can enjoy the water and snorkeling together instead of us taking turns watching our stuff.

 

Would highly recommend it to any traveler or one who is on the go all the time. Provides a peace of mind!

 

Peace of Mind

By Lisa Liberi McGarvey

 

Worked perfectly for our trip to Paris and Berlin. We stayed in AirBnB’s where room safes or front desk safes were not an option. No worries as directed in the instructions, I found a secure location within our flat to leave my valuables (money, credit cards, passports, iPhones all fit comfortably.

 

The safe was easy to access as the “leash” had enough length to secure it and still access my belongings. The Safego lock box will be traveling with me in the future.

 

Key features

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Nickel-plated, zinc-alloy lock and combination lock: can be opened with a custom combination or key. The lock mechanism is made of rust-resistant nickel-plated zinc alloy that is also resistant to water, sand and salt erosion. It comes with a wrist coil band (black) and 2 keys.

17″ adjustable steel cable: The heavy-duty 17″ steel cable is plastic-coated, flexible, and easily secures to almost anything.

High impact ABS plastic shell: ABS plastic is one of the strongest plastics in the world. The impact-resistant ABS plastic makes this invention durable, lightweight, and water resistant.

Earphone, Phone Charger, and Electronics Adjustable Plug Access: lets you listen to your music and keep your electronics protected from weather or hazardous conditions.

Warranty: 90 days warranty included.

 

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Product dimensions

  • Dimensions (H x W x D): 7.5 x 7.1 x 4.2 in / 19.1 x 18.0 x 10.7 cm
  • Interior space: 88 in³
  • Weight: 1 lbs / 16 oz / 453 g
  • Materials: ABS plastic, nickel plated Zamak (zinc alloy), steel cable
  • Cable: length – 17.8 in / 45.2 cm; diameter – 0.25 in / 0.64 cm
  • Colors: black, blue, pink, white, green

 

Reviews and ratings

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  • Rated 4.7 / 5 stars from over 1,020 reviews
  • Over 90% of reviews are 4 and 5 stars

 

 

1c. Best budget: Master Lock Personal Safe 5900D

If you don’t have any large items or many items to lock up, then the Master Lock Personal Safe 5900D (USD $17.90 – $27.59) will make sense for you.

 

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Master Lock is another well-known brand in the industry, and this is another high quality and highly affordable product from them.

The Master Lock Personal Safe is sturdy (made to withstand abuse, water resistant) and comes with a steel cable to wrap securely around a fixed object or use as a carrying handle.

We like the 4 digit combination lock as well (which gives 10,000 combinations and so is 10x more difficult to crack than a 3 digit lock), but the weight to capacity ratio is something that falls short relative to the Pacsafe Coversafe portable safe or the SafeGo Lockbox safe we recommended earlier.

 

What others have to say

A deterrent, not an impenetrable safe..

By Average Joe

 

Firstly, if you are looking for an indestructible safe to hold large items, this is not the safe for you.

 

This safe work great as long as you use it for it’s intended purpose. To keep your small valuables relatively secure while in a moderately safe environment. Example: Using it while on vacation to prevent room service from accidently “cleaning” your wallet or phone. Or, if you have small children around and want to keep them from your medicine, phone, etc.

 

Now, if you plan on attaching this portable safe to a light pole and storing your Rolex and Bentley keys in it while you go for a long walk in Central Park, well… you might be disappointed. The safe is heavy duty and would take some effort to pry open. But the body is plastic so this safe could be defeated with a pry bar or hammer.

 

Bottom line, this product is meant to be as a safeguard and deterrent, not an impenetrable safe. If you keep this in mind you will not be disappointed. I am glad that I purchased this safe and feel safer (no pun intended, well maybe) leaving items in my hotel room when heading down to the gym or breakfast.

 

An absolute must when traveling!!

By Beth

 

We go to the Caribbean around twice yearly. We send a lot of time at the beach and usually get a Jeep Wrangler so we can go exploring. Because anyone can break into a softcover Jeep, we attach this to one of the bars inside. It holds our cards, phones (2 large iPhones) and money. No need to worry about someone breaking in.

 

Same with bringing to the beach at the resort when we want to bring our phones and some cash. Just attach it to hut pole or large lounger (no one is walking off with that 🙂). Never have to worry. You cannot go wrong.

 

Don’t Travel without this….

By KeepIT Reel

 

This safe has become a MUST have on all our vacations. We no longer travel without it. We put two IPhones, cash and car keys in this little safe, locked it to a beach cabana, threw a towel over it and took off for a hour of snorkeling.

 

Never once worried about out belongings. We now use several of these as room safes AND as “hide a key” lock boxes outside our vacation condo for teens who come and go through out the day. They are invaluable!

 

Key features

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Combination lock: set your own 4 digit combination for keyless convenience.

Lightweight and portable: protects MP3 players, cell phones, cameras, gaming devices, cash, credit cards, jewelry, keys, passports, sunglasses or other small valuables.

Lock up and lock down: lock up valuables with the cable wrapped tightly to the safe or wrapped securely around a fixed object. Cable doubles as a carrying handle.

Construction: durable water-resistant construction; ear bud / charging cable access port; shock absorbing foam lines the interior storage area.

Warranty: 1 year warranty.

 

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Product dimensions

  • Dimensions (H x W x D):
    • External: 2.25 x 9.53 x 4.92 in / 5.7 x 24.2 x 12.5 cm
    • Internal: 1.25 x 8.13 x 3.5 in / 3.2 x 20.7 x 8.9 cm
  • Materials: 75D Polyester dobby, PU1000mm
  • Colors: blue, gunmetal grey, white, pink

 

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Reviews and ratings

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  • Rated 3.9 / 5 stars from over 1,740 reviews
  • Over 75% of reviews are 4 and 5 stars

 

 

2. Hotel safe lock

Compared to the portable safe, a hotel safe lock is a more lightweight alternative to securing your valuables in your hotel room.

However, do note that there aren’t many good options in the market today, and these locks only serve to act as a deterrent, they can’t guarantee 100% security.

 

2a. Best value: Milockie Hotel Safe Lock

The Milockie Hotel Safe Lock (USD $52.95) is a lock and strap device and is one of two hotel safe locks out there in the market today.

 

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The other alternative is the BloXsafe hotel room safe security lock. However, we think that is not worth the price (USD $300+, or GBP $140), unless you are securing valuables worth thousands or more.

That said, the Milockie Hotel Safe Lock is not perfect either. If you were to get this, there are two further upgrades we recommend you make.

 

Firstly, the padlock that comes with this is weak. It is equivalent to a 3 digit TSA lock.

  • A TSA lock can be easily broken. Further a 3 digit code only gives 1,000 combinations. A thief taking 1 – 2 seconds to test every combination will only need 16 – 33 minutes. If your number is in the middle, that will reduce it to 8 – 16 minutes.
  • Even the manufacturer recommends getting a stronger padlock (with a hasp of up to 0.5 inches)
  • We recommend getting the Stanley Hardware S828-228 CD8823 padlock which is super secure.
  • Or you could get the padlock from Desired Tools which although less secure, is much lighter at 5 oz (the Stanley Hardware padlock weighs 22.4 oz).

 

Second, the strap is made of nylon and can be cut.

 

What others have to say

If you google “open hotel safe” there are numerous videos showing how incredibly easy it is to open these safes

By MH

 

This device will restore some confidence that the hotel safe is keeping your belongings, wallet, passports etc safe from theft. The ease with which hotel safes can be opened is frightening. If you google “open hotel safe” there are numerous videos showing how incredibly easy it is to open these safes even without any lock-picking skill.

 

This device will make it more secure by adding your own lock to the outside. The lock you use on the outside is now the weak link but that leaves it up to you to choose a good quality lock. In any case it will probably be a big improvement over the original safe lock which is poor for most standard hotel safes.

 

It works.

By Amazon customer

 

Is it plastic? Yes. Can the strap be cut? Yes. Does it come with a flimsy lock? Yes. Does the strap fray? Yes. Having said all that, this lock is nothing more than a deterrent. If someone is looking to rip you off and see this additional lock on your safe, they’re most likely gonna move on to the next guy.

 

I bought a stronger, beefier lock and it works great. As far as the strap fraying, the position of the strap can be changed.

 

We have taken this on easily, 8 or 9 trips that are usually 9 or 10 nights and it has performed flawlessly. I am writing this review while sitting at the lobby bar of a resort in Punta Cana while my $1800 is safely tucked away in the room safe protected with the additional security of the Milockie.

 

Handy protection

By Garlec

 

This handy product should prevent access by hotel personnel into your room safe. You can easily find videos on you tube of how to open any hotel safe.

 

This product is stout and the hasp is big enough to allow use of a high quality Master lock. The lock supplied with this unit is a puny TSA type lock. I would replace it.

 

Key features

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Extra security: secures hotel room safes – this added lock creates a barrier that have to be unlocked to get access to the safe.

Theft prevention: your valuables are secure. Even those with a hotel master override key or code for the safe can’t open the safe because the Milockie is in place and prevents the door from swinging open.

Use your own lock: a lock is included but it is suggested to use a more robust padlock (hasp up to 1/2 inch in diameter) for additional peace of mind.

Versatile: use on hotel safes, and gym lockers and even home safes too.

Compact for travel: can be carried on airplanes or in luggage with carry pouch.

 

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Product dimensions

  • Dimensions (H x W x D): 2.8 x 1.8 x 1.8 in / 7.2 x 4.5 x 4.5 cm
  • Weight: 0.6 lbs / 9.6 oz / 272 g
  • Colors: grey
  • Components: (1) Milockie lock, (1) nylon carry bag, (1) carry storage bag, (1) three dial combination padlock, (1) instruction book

 

Reviews and ratings

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  • Rated 3.6 / 5 stars from over 25 reviews
  • Over 55% of reviews are 4 and 5 stars

 

 

3. Door lock

If you are concerned about the area in which you stay in, or if your room does not have a locking chain, a portable door lock may come in particularly handy as a second line of defence while in your room.

 

3a. Best performance: Travelers Security Lock Portable Door Lock

For the best portable door lock out there in the market today, look no further than the Travelers Security Lock Portable Door Lock (USD $49.95).

 

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This product has two parts.

  • First part: a thick machined aluminium bar with a large raised portion. You insert this raised portion into the door so that the door can be closed with the aluminium bar between the door and frame.
  • Second part: a notched block of aluminium with two bolts. This is attached into the notch on the bar, with the bolts tightened till they press against the door and frame. If anyone tries to push the door open, this door lock will apply any force taken and distribute it amongst the lock and door frame.

 

This is a machine, a workhorse of a product. With the thick aircraft aluminium block and tight lockup from the bolts (which is easily adjustable to fit any door / frame), your room is going to be super secure.

Unfortunately, one downside from the thick aluminium used is that this product is heavier (0.5 lbs / 8.5 oz / 240 g) than alternatives in the market. For instance, the Addalock (described later) only weighs (0.26 lbs / 4.2 oz / 119 g) and is cheaper (USD $21.95).

So if you wish to get one, you will have to decide which lock is most appropriate for your own needs based on the 3 key factors of security, weight and price.

 

What others have to say

Strong as Fort Knox

By Charles 22

 

I used to use a door stop as my slight room security as I slept. This thing is invincible. Somebody would have to be able to figure out how to kick your door down, or more likely shatter the door framing around the door jamb in order to get past this. Needless to say, crooks coming to your house in the middle of the night, don’t anticipate having to use a battering ram to get in.

 

I will use it for my bedroom, but using it in place of a deadbolt for the main outside house doors, while you’re inside, could work just as well. Only problem is you couldn’t use it on a door while you left the house, otherwise you couldn’t get in yourself, except through a door that didn’t have one of these on them.

 

I personally think this is a major obstacle for a crook trying to get into your bedroom, and they would probably be wise to give up after a minute. I’m sure 10 minutes could pass and they still wouldn’t be any closer to getting in. I can imagine this being indispensable for people having to sleep on the road.

 

Look no more!

By Amazon customer

 

I use this travel lock to secure myself in hotel rooms when travelling alone, as I suffer from sleep walking since I was quite young. This lock gives me the independence to travel alone with a sense of security, knowing that I will be safe from walking out of my room and that outsiders will not be able to come in.

 

The quality of the lock is top notch and it fits in *most door frames. Feels very sturdy once assembled and easy to travel with as it fits nicely in the carrying case.

 

This product is vastly superior

By JV

 

This product is vastly superior to other locks on the market including the Addalock which is not nearly as secure. The only downfall to this lock is that there is no cutout for the latch to go through. I am guessing that the product was designed this way to be stronger than if it had a cutout.

 

The only other product that I can think of that may give the Travelers Security lock a run for its money is the Forceguard portable door lock which from what I can tell is no longer being sold.

 

This product is solidly made, and I would have no hesitation recommending​ it to a friend.

 

Key features

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Durable and sturdy: aircraft aluminum construction provides you the ability to rest assured that the lock will hold up to the toughest of tests.

Revolutionary: only lock to be issued a U.S and Canadian utility patent, the lock uses Newton’s 3rd law of physics and applies any force taken and distributes it amongst the lock and door frame.

Easy to use: easy to follow instruction sheet and with YouTube installation videos. As long as you have a gap 1/8 -1/4 of an inch between the door and door frame you can rest assured that the lock will fit as designed in no time.

Portable and handy: handy carrying case enables you to take it with you. The lock fits in the palm of your hand and is completely portable, which means no matter where you are you will not be without reliable safety.

Versatile: works with all doors left or right handed.

 

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Product dimensions

  • Dimensions (L x H):
    • Bar = 5.5 x 1.5 in / 14.0 x 3.8 cm
    • Body = 4 x 1 in / 10.2 x 2.5 cm
  • Weight: 0.53 lbs / 8.48 oz / 240 g
  • Materials: Aircraft Aluminum #61
  • Colors: blue

 

Reviews and ratings

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  • Rated 4.5 / 5 stars from over 45 reviews
  • Over 90% of reviews are 4 and 5 stars

 

 

3b. Best value: Addalock

If budget is a concern, the Addalock (USD $21.95) by Rishon Enterprises Inc. is one highly affordable alternative you can consider.

 

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The Addalock is very easy to use. It is pretty much a thin strip of steel bar with prongs that stick out at one end. Stick that part into the door frame’s bolt hole and once you close the door, clip the red plastic part to the end of the bar and that is it.

As mentioned earlier, although the Travelers Security Lock Portable Door Lock is more secure than the Addalock, the Addalock is still secure in its own right, and half the weight and half the price of the Travelers lock.

So ultimately, it will depend on what you need.

 

What others have to say

Great for feeling well protected when you stay out and about!

By Allan P

 

I picked this up because I travel with my two young kids. It arrived right before a weekend trip to a convention. The “hotel” we booked was more like a motel with the door opening directly into the parking lot. To top it off, we were in the middle of some farmland with NO streetlights at all. Needless to say, the significant other was a little nervous. Addalock to the rescue!

 

The lock is a little tricky to place the first time. You have to put the metal tab into the catch and hold it flat while you close the door. Once that’s done it’s simple as pie to get the rest into place and there is ABSOLUTELY no way someone can open the door from the outside. Gave us a great sense of security!!

 

Definitely worth the few dollars for all the security it gives!

 

I highly recommend for anyone in an apartment and travelers

By nancy w.

 

I purchased two of these, one for my apartment door and one for travel.

 

Home: this fits perfectly on my front door. It was tested when the maintenance man at my building showed up earlier than expected. He knocked, and before I could get to the door, he was already trying to open the door AND COULD NOT. This held, and he really pushing.

 

I know someone can get in if they really are determined, but the level of noise they’d cause would alert neighbors and give me time to react. Exactly what I bought it for.

 

Hotel: I’ve stayed in one hotel and this did fit. It was loose in the door jamb, but once the door was closed, it didn’t budge when I tested it.

 

Nothing is 100% secure. But this device definitely makes my door more secure then the lock and chain do! I highly recommend for anyone in an apartment and travelers.

 

I practiced taking the lock off to be sure I could do it in a fire. It takes less than 3 seconds to set up and remove. Very happy with purchase.

 

Works great!

By stormycj

 

I travel to many countries for work and have to stay in hotels. Many people I work with have reported waking up with someone standing in their room in the middle of the night or when they get out of the shower.

 

I bought my Adalock almost a year ago and have been able to use it on every hotel door, except one. I always carry this and a wedge it for hotel door security. It has worked in four countries, including the US.

 

As far as it being difficult to remove, you need to practice with it so that you feel confident that you could remove it in an emergency. I can remove it in the dark in less than two seconds.

Key features

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Lock: a portable door lock that installs in seconds without any tools required on almost any hinged door that opens inwards.

Made of: the Addalock is made from chrome plated carbon steel and together with its unique shape makes it adjustable to almost any door thickness. Each Addalock comes with a travel pouch.

 

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Product dimensions

  • Dimensions (H x W x D): 5.8 x 3.5 x 0.7 in / 14.7 x 8.9 x 1.8 cm
  • Weight: 0.26 lbs / 4.2 oz / 119 g
  • Materials: chrome plated carbon steel
  • Colors: red

 

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  • Rated 4.3 / 5 stars from over 1,010 reviews
  • Over 80% of reviews are 4 and 5 stars

 

 

3c. Best budget: Secure Portable Home & Travel Door Safety Locks

If budget is a key concern, you will not go wrong with the Secure Portable Home & Travel Door Safety Lock (USD $10.00).

 

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This door is simple, lightweight and easy to use. How to use:

  • Insert locking tab into rectangular opening of striker plate attached to door frame.
  • Squeeze lever located on inside of door lock’s hand grip until the stop bar is flush with the door lock. Close door and release lever. Stop bar will now prevent door from opening.
  • To open, squeeze lever until stop bar is flush with door lock allowing door to open.

 

However there are a few limitations to this lock you need to watch out for:

  • There has be around a 0.125 – 0.1875 in / 0.32 – 0.48 cm gap between the latch plate and the strike plategap between the door and door jam.
  • If it is too tight, you would not be able to close the door; if it is too loose, the lock will drop out.
  • Only works for inward opening doors

 

What others have to say

Great for frequent travelers!

By QOE

 

This works great at keeping your door closed and I know because I had my husband do his best, short of breaking the door, to get in after it was added to our bedroom door. Even with the door unlocked he couldn’t get it opened.

 

That said it can be a trick to get to work on some doors (we rent condos often when traveling and don’t trust that someone else hasn’t made copies of keys) and a trick to get removed sometimes so if you use it on a strange door practice taking it off in case you have to in an emergency.

 

Small price to pay for safety and security…

By JamesAshley

 

Very easy to use and very pleased with the quality. This small and convenient product is a small price to pay for the security it will provide my family and I when we travel.

 

This would be an excellent gift for those who travel often and wouldn’t think to get one for themselves, highly recommended. Thank you PSC!

 

Perfect for peace of mind and security on any inward opening doors!

By General Harris

 

Amazingly simple! Highly effective! Is bringing peace of mind to all the travelers in my family both on the road and in their homes! One limitation everyone should know, this unit only works on inward opening doors!

 

I’ve paid much more over the years on items that have failed to bring the peace of mind this simple unit brings!

 

Key features

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Sturdy: all metal construction for superior strength and durability.

Ease of use: No tools needed to install – installs in seconds. Convenient, easy-to-carry size – Storage bag included.

Warranty: lifetime warranty.

 

Product dimensions

  • Dimensions (H x W x D): 6 x 2.5 x 1.5 in / 15.2 x 6.4 x 3.8 cm
  • Weight: 0.25 lbs / 4.0 oz / 113 g
  • Materials: metal
  • Colors: chrome

 

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  • Rated 4.0 / 5 stars from over 85 reviews
  • Over 70% of reviews are 4 and 5 stars

 

 

4. Door motion alarm

If you are concerned about the area in which you stay in, or if your room does not have a locking chain, a door motion alarm may come in particularly handy both to alert you and to scare off any potential intruders.

Another form of alarm is the door wedge alarm, but we don’t recommend that as it is not as versatile.

This is because the distance between the door and the floor cannot be too narrow or too wide for it to hold in place, and it may even be seen by potential intruders outside your door.

 

4a. Best performance: Doberman Security Portable Door Alarm with Flash Light

We believe the Doberman Security Portable Door Alarm with Flash Light (USD $13.53) is the best travel door motion alarm out in the market today for its price.

 

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Why do we say so? This is because the item is:

  • Easy to set up on any door (just hang it from the door knob and place the clip in the door jamb).
  • Lightweight and compact.
  • Produces a decent 100 dB alarm (equivalent to jet take off at 305m; power lawn mower; motorcy.cle, etc).
  • Comes at a great price.

 

Do note that there is no on / off switch. This can be a good thing as any potential intruder will probably not know how to stop the alarm short of smashing it. But it will be a hassle if you are just testing the product.

 

What others have to say

Sleep easier at night

By reviewsfromio

 

I tend to be a light sleeper at hotels or B&Bs because I’m just plain paranoid. I often wake up at night thinking I heard the door, even with my home security alarm. I saw this product and after reading reviews decided to give it a try for my summer travel this year.

 

I’m so glad I did! Even my family thanked me for bringing this along because everyone felt like they could sleep easier and they knew that I was more relaxed as well.

 

It works very simply and we tested it out and it worked. It’s easy to slip the sensor into any door gap. If someone jiggles the door and makes it fall out, or opens the door, the alarm will sound.

 

When you test it, the alarm seems simple if not quiet at first, but after a few “beeps” it feels like your brain will explode because it’s so loud and high-pitch. I can’t imagine how you’d sleep through it!

 

I also like it for at home when I’m in the shower, I can put it in the door and know if my kids come home without setting off the home alarm system. Very simple, compact, and brilliant. I wouldn’t travel without it anymore.

 

Good product!

By Janine

 

After having an incident with someone breaking in my AirBnB, I decided to buy this for future travels.

 

This alarm is very easy to set up and is pretty loud when used in a space that’s on the smaller side, i.e. if you were on the same level as the door you are using it on. I wouldn’t trust myself to hear it if I were in a second story and the door I put this on is on the first floor or something like that.

 

This product gives me a small sense of security when I travel. I’m hoping to never hear it when I am sleeping though!

 

Great alarm for hotel room or Alzheimer’s

By pcayers

 

We purchased this after a family member wandered out of a hotel room in the middle of the night, despite a major blockade in front of the door.

 

We tried it on the next trip and it worked perfectly, offering the peace of mind we needed so we can still travel with our loved one.

 

Key features

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Ultra-portable & lightweight: completely portable, easily to install / remove – use at home or while traveling.

Spring clip trigger: alarm triggered with unauthorized entry.

Powerful 100db alarm: alerts you of any intrusion and break in, loud enough to alert neighbors.

Easy installation: simply hang the unit over the doorknob and place the metal clip between the door and the doorjamb. No tools required.

Includes: 2 button cell batteries.

 

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Product dimensions

  • Dimensions (H x W x D): 2.75 x 1.25 x 0.5 in / 7.0 x 3.2 x 1.3 cm
  • Weight: 0.1 lbs / 1.6 oz / 45 g
  • Colors: white

 

Reviews and ratings

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  • Rated 4.4 / 5 stars from over 285 reviews
  • Over 80% of reviews are 4 and 5 stars

 

 

4b. Best value: Lewis N. Clark Lightweight Compact Travel Door Guard Alarm

At a slightly lower price, the Lewis N. Clark Lightweight Compact Travel Door Guard Alarm with LED Flashlight (USD $11.99) will also work well for you.

 

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The alarm from Lewis N. Clark is as equally easy to use, compact and lightweight as the alarm from Doberman.

To use, hold the thin blades together, slide them into the crack between the door and doorframe, then loop the cord around the door handle and adjust the toggle to keep it in place. Finally, you can set the alarm.

This same technique can be applied to sliding doors or to windows as well. No matter the situation, it will alert you to a possible intrusion.

However, the Doberman’s alarm is just slightly louder at 100 dB, while the Lewis N. Clark alarm performs at 91 dB (equivalent to a motorcycle at 25 ft / 7.6 m).

 

What others have to say

Terrific product!

By OCLuna

 

Terrific product!!!!!! I had the GE Personal Security Door Stop Alarm which was so-so (3 stars for me) but I found out that the GE doesn’t fit about 25% of doors – there just isn’t enough clearance to insert the GE in some doors.

 

But this thing worked 100% of the time for me while I was travelling in Europe last month. And it was tiny (about the size of a matchbox and 1/4 of the thickness) – great if you like travelling light. And it gives a loud sound.

 

I had some relatives who stayed in a hotel last year and someone jimmied the door lock and stole some of their jewelry and cash – that was so traumatic for all of us.

 

If you don’t want that to happen to you, you will appreciate having this useful travel accessory. A lot of security for such a small price. Good job Belle Hop!

 

Good peace of mind for the money

By Curt

 

After a bad experience at a hotel and watching numerous videos of how hotel thieves are able to bypass every type of hotel door lock (yes even the supposedly secure ones can be opened by sliding the “do not disturb” sign along the door edge), this was a worthwhile investment.

 

The alarm is certain to scare anyone off and awaken you.

 

I can sleep better in a hotel

By M Peters

 

Peach of mind when traveling in un-safe places. I can sleep. I have 3. Window, door and sometimes the door going into the hotel room next door. Now I sleep better.

 

Key features

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Alarm triggered by sensor: loud, high-pitched 91 db alarm.

Extra security: use on hotel or dorm rooms as an added safety measure.

Easy to install and remove: simple to put in or take out of door or window as needed.

Super bright LED light: embedded flashlight to navigate in the dark.

Batteries included: includes two cr2032 lithium button cell batteries.

 

Product dimensions

  • Dimensions (H x W x D): 5.0 x 1.5 x 1.0 in / 12.7 x 3.8 x 2.5 cm
  • Weight: 0.09 lbs / 1.5 oz / 42.5 g

 

Reviews and ratings

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  • Rated 4.4 / 5 stars from over 90 reviews
  • Over 85% of reviews are 4 and 5 stars

 

 

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