As my family got ready one day last week for work and school, I put the Today Show on television as we usually do while we get ready. While I was making my son's breakfast, I heard Jeff Rossen talking about hotel security breaches on his segment "Rossen Reports."
The story reported that Onity locks, commonly used card key locks in hotels and motels across the United States, have been consistently broken into allowing thieves to illegally enter hotel rooms.
Apparently, the method to break in was posted on the internet for millions to see earlier this year.
In the report, Rossen focused on a hotel that uses Onity locks. The hotel had no idea that the locks were easily compromised. The manager was completely shocked. When she was asked whether she received any notice from Onity regarding the security breach, she answered "no."
However, in its response to the segment, Onity stated that since it discovered the method to "unlock" the lock without the key card in August, it developed solutions to prevent illegal break-ins and has shipped the solutions to hotel locations worldwide.
The personal injury lawyer in me was shocked to hear this. If in fact the hotel in the segment was not notified by Onity of the lock's security breach, Onity was exposing itself to potential legal liability.
If a guest was hurt at the hotel as a result of someone breaking into the room with Onity locks, Onity could be held responsible for injuries and damages sustained by the hotel guest.
The reason that Onity can be held responsible is because break-ins were foreseeable after a public video of how to break in was posted on the internet back in the summer.
If the hotel knew that Onity locks were easily broken into and did not take steps to improve the locks by contacting Onity or changing the locks, there is an argument that the hotel may also be responsible for injuries sustained by the hotel guest. Again, the reason is that the break-in was foreseeable. Hotels have a duty to protect their guests from harm.
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