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Old 08-26-2013, 06:18 PM   #106
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I have no fear of anything being lost or stolen from our room.

We basically live out of our suitcases and keep all of our bags locked up 24 hours a day. If we need to go in to one of our bags to get something, the lock goes right back on as soon as we are finished.

We also make sure that our room is spotless (make beds, dispose of garbage, clean counter top, pile suitcases neatly in a corner, etc). This way nothing is missed and all personal property is put away.

As far as the safe is concerned, I leave all of my money in it. But I also have a trick to that as well. If let's say I have $1000 cash, I keep it in a bank envelop with an elastic band wrapped around it. I also have a signed chain of command system set up when removing money from the safe. On a piece of paper attached to the envelop, I (or DW) record the amount taken and date/sign it. Our money gets counted each and every night before going to bed. Someone (maid, Disney employee) would be stupid to think that we wouldn't notice a $20 bill missing.
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Old 08-27-2013, 01:34 PM   #107
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Just a couple of quick thoughts:

Several years ago, my wedding band and engagement ring went missing. We were not traveling at the time either. It wasn't until a couple of months later that I discovered them in a piece of luggage. Seems we had returned from a trip and after unpacking, had left a couple of pieces of luggage lying around the bedroom before storing them in the attic. Our daughter who was a toddler at the time, must have picked my rings up off my dresser and put them in the zipper pocket of the suitcase. Not sure how old the OP's children are, but something to think about . . .

Also, a boss of mine one time returned from a trip out of the country and insisted that his wife's pearls had been stolen by the hotel staff. A few weeks later, they found them in a makeup or jewelry bag that she normally didn't store them in. Not sure if she put them there in haste or what, but, again, it may be worth going through every piece of luggage, every little bag, etc. to make sure it didn't wind up in there somehow.

OP, hope the watch finds its way back to you!
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Old 08-27-2013, 09:16 PM   #108
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My husband's very expensive watch disappeared from our room one evening at AKL earlier this week. Didn't realize it was missing until we packed to check out the following morning. Reported it to the front desk and they treated it as a "lost property" incident, rather than stolen property, despite my suggesting that it had to have been physically removed from our room and that it wasn't lost somewhere in the room between the bedsheets. Supervisor came and said they would look at the door log to see who entered the room and that they would mail the watch to us if they find it. Seems to me that they were not prepared to deal with this as a stolen property incident. Has anyone dealt with this? Not sure what to do now that we're back home. If I was back in a hotel back home and not on my way to the airport, I would've insisted that the police be called.
What else did you expect supervisor to do?
Where was the expensive watch last set down?
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Old 08-27-2013, 09:54 PM   #109
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OP again: to reiterate, at no time did we accuse anyone specific of having taken the watch especially the housekeeper. Do I think she did it? In my opinion, yes (just a gut feeling I got from my limited interaction with her. She was thoroughly annoyed by us having been in the room much of the day.). But, did I ever voice my opinion out loud to anyone at Disney? Absolutely not, because I know that someone else other than the housekeeper could have accessed the room. We would never falsely accuse someone without any proof because their livelihood
So did you file a police report? Probably will not get the watch back but at least there's a record of it in case there are other incidents.
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This reminds me of the last trip we took in May 2013.....we came out of the aquarium building in Epcot and there were squirrels in the diaper bags that people had left in their strollers! The squirrels were actually eating all types of snacks that were down inside the bags in the strollers and I don't think that people would have even noticed because the little guys were going from stroller to stroller fairly quickly! One of the the funniest things I had seen in the stroller parking area but kind of scary really when you realize they were in the actual diaper bags and removing items! We brought it to the attention of the CM at the parking area. But if you came outside and saw that your bag had been gone through I doubt you would have thought it was a squirrel! I sure wouldn't have believed it if I hadn't seen it myself!
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OP again: to reiterate, at no time did we accuse anyone specific of having taken the watch especially the housekeeper. Do I think she did it? In my opinion, yes (just a gut feeling I got from my limited interaction with her. She was thoroughly annoyed by us having been in the room much of the day.). But, did I ever voice my opinion out loud to anyone at Disney? Absolutely not, because I know that someone else other than the housekeeper could have accessed the room. We would never falsely accuse someone without any proof because their livelihood
Are you sure it was even the same person? My experience with turn down service is that - primarily because of the time of day - the staffing is different. The daytime room cleaners generally aren't the same people who are still there in the evening to provide this extra service.
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Old 08-28-2013, 10:44 AM   #112
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Are you sure it was even the same person? My experience with turn down service is that - primarily because of the time of day - the staffing is different. The daytime room cleaners generally aren't the same people who are still there in the evening to provide this extra service.
That has been our experience, too. As repeat guests, there are a two resorts where we've gotten to know a couple of the daytime housekeepers-very nice, helpful and kind people. They remember us from previous trips. They are not there by the time turndown rolls around.
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I don't like house keeping in the room, and since we are in DVC, they will only clean a few times depending on the length of our stay. Our last trip was to VBR and I put the Do Not Disturb sign on the door on our first day and took it off when we left.

Mouse Keeping left us a message one day asking us to schedule a room visit but we never called back. They would only clean for one day anyway on that visit so we did not miss the cleaning.

If we needed new towels or TP we just asked CM's in for more.

This does not prevent a theft but it does make it a bit more difficult.

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Old 08-28-2013, 02:16 PM   #114
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let me get this straight?

it was a "very" expensive watch? Can I ask why you would take a "very" expensive watch to a hotel and not wear it and not know it's wear abouts at least every time you came back to the room???

If you had a gut feeling about the housekeeper, why would you leave this "very' expensive watch in the room without you?



My gut feeling is, you lost it.
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Old 08-28-2013, 02:29 PM   #115
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I have no fear of anything being lost or stolen from our room.

We basically live out of our suitcases and keep all of our bags locked up 24 hours a day. If we need to go in to one of our bags to get something, the lock goes right back on as soon as we are finished.

We also make sure that our room is spotless (make beds, dispose of garbage, clean counter top, pile suitcases neatly in a corner, etc). This way nothing is missed and all personal property is put away.

As far as the safe is concerned, I leave all of my money in it. But I also have a trick to that as well. If let's say I have $1000 cash, I keep it in a bank envelop with an elastic band wrapped around it. I also have a signed chain of command system set up when removing money from the safe. On a piece of paper attached to the envelop, I (or DW) record the amount taken and date/sign it. Our money gets counted each and every night before going to bed. Someone (maid, Disney employee) would be stupid to think that we wouldn't notice a $20 bill missing.
Your one smart little cookie.............kudos to you! Do you use luggage locks or other types of locks on your suit cases?
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Old 08-28-2013, 03:03 PM   #116
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Like dmccarty, I am uncomfortable with people being in my room. We keep the do not disturb sign on at all times. I usually ask the housekeeping staff once during our stay to empty the trash and replace the towels while we are there. I know someone posted earlier that wouldn't prevent maintenance from entering, but I feel better with less traffic in the room. I have no need for someone to make my bed or vacuum on a daily basis.
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Like dmccarty, I am uncomfortable with people being in my room. We keep the do not disturb sign on at all times. I usually ask the housekeeping staff once during our stay to empty the trash and replace the towels while we are there. I know someone posted earlier that wouldn't prevent maintenance from entering, but I feel better with less traffic in the room. I have no need for someone to make my bed or vacuum on a daily basis.
I think everyone should do what makes them comfortable.

We travel frequently. We enjoy our hotel stays, and appreciate the housekeepers stopping by. It works for us.

That said, I don't bring "very expensive" items with us when we travel. I sort of have the same guidelines for travel that I used to use when the kids asked to take things for show and tell. Is it very expensive? Sentimental? Hard to replace? If so, it stays home.
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We also generally leave the do not disturb sign up. Disney housekeeping usually leaves a bag of towels hanging on the door for us.
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Old 08-28-2013, 04:18 PM   #119
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Your one smart little cookie.............kudos to you! Do you use luggage locks or other types of locks on your suit cases?

We use TSA luggage locks. We never travel without them. The locks go on our luggage (including carry on) before being loaded into the airport limo, and doesn't come off until we get back home. I rather be safe than sorry.
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Old 08-28-2013, 04:38 PM   #120
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Good travel advice

I was given this advice many years ago and I think it still holds true. Don't take expensive watches or jewelry when you travel (or anything that you would be devastated to lose and can't be replaced). I do wear my wedding rings, but never take them off. With nice costume jewelry and inexpensive watch choices, it hasn't been a problem.

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