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The Top Ten Most-Stolen Hotel Items

Stealing things from hotels can be a compulsion for some.

Sometimes, it’s the principle of the taking.  When a luxury hotel charges you $400 (or more) a night for a suite, you sometimes feel obligated to take advantage of as much of the freebies as you can grab.

Sammy Keyes and the Hotel Thief
Sammy Keyes and the Hotel Thief

Some prefer to be a bit subtle — the toiletries are designed for “single, personal use only”. So you’re just letting the next person know that they have a full set of fresh supplies for themselves when they check in.

Others like to be more courageous with their taking, to the point of even removing the toilet paper roll and squirreling that away in their luggage.  Web Watch will admit to having a Do Not Disturb sign or two — but that’s just kitschy more than anything else.

So what are the TEN MOST STOLEN HOTEL ITEMS?  Let’s take a look:

  1. Towels
  2. Batteries and light bulbs
  3. Food and Drink – but clearing out the minibar could be tracked through automated means, so this line item may be on the decline
  4. Cutlery
  5. Picture Frames
  6. Artwork
  7. Curtains
  8. Tea kettles
  9. Books, usually from the hotel lobby
  10. Bibles