Staying in a hotel room is often one of the best things about going on holiday.
There are fresh towels every day, you don’t have to bother tidying up after yourself and you get to sneak home with a loot of free mini shampoo bottles! What’s not to love?
While there are plenty of great things about hotel rooms, there is one important area that often gets overlooked and that’s security.
Hotel rooms are usually fitted with a series of safety measures, but Express says one in particular can be easily tampered with and turned into a dangerous device.
Michael Forrest Jones, CEO of Beechmont Hotels in Australia, wrote in a public forum on website Quora that peepholes can be turned into spying devices by adding a small camera into the hole in the door.
Jones shared a simple trick for covering the peephole and said if you should immediately contact hotel security if you notice sings of damage around the peephole.
“Find a piece of notepaper (there should be some on the desk or nightstand in your room), tear off a strip of it, roll it up and twist it until it’s about the size of a cigarette butt, and ‘plug’ it in the peephole,” he said.
In 2008, American reporter Erin Andrews was targeted by a stalker who filmed her through the peephole of her hotel room and posted the video online for the world to see.
He was eventually caught and sentenced to two and a half years behind bars.
The frightening incident served as a warning to other travellers to pay close attention in their own hotel rooms.