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Misstep 4: Pretty Friggin’ Suite

A door showing a locked deadbolt and exposed hinges

Another example of “A chain is as strong as its weakest link”, this door was inside of my suite during my stay in Los Angeles. I assume it is for cleaning supplies, coffee supplies, or similar so that the room service folks can save time not transporting all of this without an elevator.

But lets just pretend for the sake of this blog that they store some fine Chicago-style pizzas, millions of dollars of money, and some Cinnamon Coke behind here. First of all, I wouldn’t have wrote this blog because I’d have broke in already. But, here we are.

The deadbolt was locked with what strikes me as a Kwikset KW1 keyway (may be a 6-pinner, no idea). Let’s just say I can’t pick a lock? How else can I breach this door non-destructively?

A door hinge

Generally you’ll have an “unsecured side” and a “secured side”, or “sterile side” in FAA parlance. This delineates the side that is public, and a side that is private (boarding area for aircraft, or this sweet pizza closet in my suite).

In this case, these hinges are on the unsecured side. I can easily drive the hinge pins out of the door and gain access to this closet. The two halves of the hinge will easily slide apart in this case.

Because I didn’t want to trespass, I did not verify if this was implemented securely. In order to have the hinge pins on the unsecured side, you can use “security pins”… These tiny devices will replace some of the hinge screws in the door or frame, and recess into the mating surface. In this way, the hinge halves will not slide among each other — increasing the security of this approach.

Here’s some on Amazon (these may not be the cheapest, I don’t know. It’s also not a referral link): https://www.amazon.com/Door-Hinge-Security-Screws-3-Pack/dp/B01DG0TZ1A

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