Vacation Rental Security

Vacation Rental Burglaries: A $300,000 Reminder of the Need to Improve Security

By March 18, 2015 One Comment

burglar & keyIn a previous post I mentioned a travel study that noted a significant data point about the importance of safety and security to the traveling public:

67% of travelers site safety and security as their #1 priority.

Seems common sense. We all want to feel safe and secure, especially when we aren’t familiar with our surroundings – IE traveling.

Hotels have recognized this travel need for a long time. When was the last time you received a traditional key when checking into a hotel?

The vacation rental industry, however, continues to ignore this #1 priority.

“Floating” (IE uncontrolled, unaccounted for) keys and access codes are rampant in the vacation rental industry.

Vacation rental security is an issue that can damage the reputation of the entire industry. Guests, homeowners, and employees deserve better than “floating” keys and codes.

Hotels recognize this vacation rental weakness and are beginning to exploit it.

I’ve written about the lack of security in the vacation rental industry a number of times (we even have a white paper). I’ll spare you the repetition, but you can find links to additional posts below.

Rather than repeating myself, I want to point to a recent event in Orlando, FL that demonstrates the need for improved vacation rental security better than I ever could…

Vacation home burglars rob tourists of $300K in expensive items

$300,000! That’s incredible. And inexcusable.

I’ll let you read the article for the full story, but there are a couple details worth noting:

  • The suspects in the burglaries would search online to see which vacation rentals were occupied and pick their targets.
  • Donning construction hard hats [they] would approach the rentals when the vacationers were gone and break into the lockbox outside the door that contained the house key using a sledgehammer and screwdriver.

The occupancy calendars are online and updated in real-time for all the world to see. The key to the home is left in a lockbox that is not monitored.

How many VRMs across the country operate in a similar way? A lot.

This is a $300K reminder that the vacation rental industry needs to take security seriously. And it should have been done yesterday.

Vacation Rental Security

  1. Mechanical Keys: An Unnecessary Liability [White Paper]
  2. There’s a HUGE Need for Vacation Rental Security
  3. Breaking Bad: A Look at a Vacation Rental Security Loophole
  4. Floating Keys STINK, But they WERE a Necessary Evil
  5. Vacation Rental Insurance: Where Does Coverage End & Liability Begin?
  6. Where are Your Keys?! {Take Control with Smart Home Automation}
  7. Vacation Rental Security & the Art of War: Why Its Time to Make Your Homes Safe & Secure
  8. Your Vacation Homes are Targets: The New Standard of Care & Security for Vacation Rental Management
  9. Hotel Industry Going on the Offensive with Vacation Rentals? Safety & Security a Top Concern.