Nowadays, electronic key cards are being used in most hotels. On our recent trip to Italy, all of the four hotels we stayed at utilize key cards. Are they safe? To a large extent it may be safe, but I know of someone whose hotel room was barged into using another key card. No, the person is not a thief. It’s another hotel guest. The hotel claimed there was a glitch in the reservation system which brought about the mix- up. That is why whenever we travel and we’re in the hotel room we always ensure to hook the security latch.
Intruders are not the only issue with key cards. Hotels normally encode personal information including ones credit card number to the magnetic strip on the card. If a scrupulous individual gets hold of the card it can then be used to steal ones identity or make fraudulent charges on the card.
Thus, it is imperative to treat a key card just like your credit card. Do not leave it with the front desk upon check out. Most importantly, stay in hotels that are not using outdated technology, and do not stay on establishments that are outside popular tourist areas. A lot of popular hotel chains claim that they have stopped encoding personal information on key cards.