There may be no worse feeling than realizing you can not get into your own property because you lost a key to a lock. Whether it is your car keys, house keys, or a lockbox with personal mementos, losing your keys is a real pain in the behind, and that is before you start looking for a cheap locksmith.
Well, we just found a fun little video that shows you how to pick a lock like a pro. Just try to use this knowledge for good instead of evil, ‘kay. Check out this cool hack.
Of course, knowing this kind of information is readily available is a double edged sword. On the one hand, you learn something useful that may someday help you out of a bind. On the other? Well, let’s just check this story out to find out what could happen.
When Canadian traveller Brad Reid checked into a hotel in Markham, Ontario, he used the safe in his room to store his valuables, knowing they would be safe and sound while he left to explore the city. But when he returned, he forgot the passcode he had used to program the safe. He had no way of accessing his belongings!
So he went to the hotel manager and asked for help. He was then told that all the safes came with a default open code of 000000. Simply enter this code into his safe, and he could open it. That’s when Brad Reid realized that all the safes came with that same default code, then all the safes in the hotel could be opened with that default code.
Now, a lesser man would be tempted to try this out on someone else’s safe and see what he could find. But Brad Reid decided to do something different with this newly discovered information. He created a video to share with the world educating them on this little known trick used by hotel thieves around the world.
Reid posted his video on YouTube in 2011 and it reached 1.6 million views. The video has resurfaced recently and gone viral yet again.
While Brad Reid’s story is shocking, it’s not revelatory. According to Daily Mail:
“In February this year, MailOnline Travel revealed how locksmith Terry Whin-Yates could open any hotel safe in just five seconds with the help of a magnet and a sock. The magnet damaged the lock while the sock is in fact just used to remove the magnet once the job is done. Back in September 2015, MailOnline Travel also showed how security expert Jim Stickley opened a hotel safe in minutes using a screwdriver and an old key ring.Stickley was able to open the safe thanks to a secondary key hole, hidden behind the brand’s label, and unlock the device without a pin.”
Finding out that the sense of security provided by hotel safes is a false one may be very discomforting to many travelers. When you’re abroad, you may have stacks of foreign cash that you need to keep hidden away. You may be collecting new and valuable treasures along your journey that should be kept safe until you can transport them back home with you. Or you may have very expensive jewelry with you that could be tempting to those with compromised values.
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