Hotel Safes and Electronic Lockers for the Hospitality Industry

Do Your Hotel Safes Accommodate Today's Travelers?

Posted on Sun, May 01, 2016 @ 07:13 AM

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Remember when a vacation used to be an actual vacation? When it was time away from work, responsibility, phone calls, and the boss? Yeah, us neither.

It's a rare worker bee (or even rarer CEO) that doesn't go on vacation toting enough tech gadgets to make Bill Gates jealous. That's why, now more than ever, your hotel needs adequate laptop safes.

Are your safes keeping up with technology?

Even if you currently provide an in-room safe, will it hold all the technology that today's traveler needs? For a while, technology was getting smaller. Now, it's not "smaller" so much as "lighter." While they don't weigh what they used to, laptops are still pretty big in order to provide as much screen real estate as possible.

Phones are not only getting more expensive, they've grown to huge sizes as people use them as mini-computers to check e-mail, browse the web, play games and even watch movies. The new tech wearables, like watches, are being sold on the premise that you don't have to pull out your highly-stealable phone just to see if you have a message.

Tablets are made to be thin and light, easily portable. But they can also have a lot of equipment as add-ons, such as protective covers, headphones, and attachable keyboards.

Speaking of add-ons, travelers are carrying power cords, extra batteries, flash drives, various cables and other necessities.

And when a couple checks into your hotel, there's a pretty good chance that BOTH of them brought their laptops. Maybe, the kids will too.

All this tech needs to fit in their in-room safe. Just in case they actually get to spend some vacation time having fun instead of worrying about work. (It could happen!)

Is it time to re-assess your laptop safes?

If you think that your safes need more capacity, contact us. Safemark Systems has a wide assortment of in-room safes and laptop safes, all aimed at giving your customers peace of mind when they stay with you.

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Tags: in room safes, laptop safes

Ways to Improve your Hotel Security

Posted on Tue, Apr 26, 2016 @ 06:58 AM

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Whether they travel for business or pleasure, hotel guests expect a top level of hotel security. Here are some ways to make sure your hotel will always meet your guests' expectations:

  • Security-minded Customer Service:  Make sure your staff members are always following security protocols, even if they think they know the guest they are working with. It might seem like no big deal to let the rules slide for frequent guests, but when something like checking identification for each guest requesting a new room key is a policy, it needs to always be enforced. Guests will understand if they are inconvenienced because you are taking security measures to ensure their safety.
  •  After hours access: Outside doors that are only accessible with an active room key minimizes the chances that a criminal is entering the hotel property after hours. Security personnel should also be patrolling the hotel during the night to ensure guests' safety.
  • In-room safes: Installing in-room safes is vital for guests' safety and protection of their valuables. Make sure each guest understands how to use the safe, and provide friendly help to those who need it.
  • Training: Perhaps the most important and the simplest way to make sure your hotel is running securely is to provide routine training. Every employee should be aware of security protocols and should know what to do if s/he suspects criminal activity. Make sure every employee knows what the security plan is should an emergency arise.

If your hotel is not doing all of the above items, start implementing them as soon as possible. Consider your particular hotel, and decide what else you can do to make ensure your guests' are as secure as possible so they feel comfortable returning to your establishment again and again.

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Tags: Hotel safes, hotel security

Safemark Systems Recruits Industry Veteran John Chaffin

Posted on Sun, Apr 17, 2016 @ 09:06 PM

Safemark Systems, the hospitality industry's leading provider of guest room safes, has appointed John Chaffin as regional sales manager. Chaffin has nearly three decades of hospitality experience and will be responsible for Safemark’s expanding security solutions in the Southwest U.S. region.

Chaffin.jpg“John has an impressive background with a diverse blend of supplier and hotelier experience,” said John Foley, Safemark vice president of sales. “His deep knowledge of technology – specifically tied to security – will undoubtable contribute greatly to our company. I’m confident our customers will appreciate John’s attentive and professional nature and passion for delivering exceptional service.”


“I’ve always admired Safemark’s relentless commitment to quality,” noted John Chaffin. “Safemark’s preferred and often exclusive partnerships with notable hotel brands and management companies speaks volumes and I’m excited to be part of the team.”

Prior to joining Safemark, Chaffin held sales management positions with respected hospitality suppliers. He also spent nearly seven years working in various property-level positions for Marriott International, Inc.® Chaffin can be reached at jchaffin@safemark or (480) 600-9829.

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Electronic Safes in Healthcare

Posted on Thu, Apr 07, 2016 @ 09:52 PM

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Anyone who has stayed in a hospital knows the hassle of keeping track of all of your belongings during your stay. Even if your time at the hospital is not an emergency, it can be hectic to deal with the things you brought from home and items brought to you by friends and family while being in a place that isn't your home. 

For hospitals wanting to increase their hospitality and ease their patients minds when it comes to their valuables, consider installing electronic safes in patient rooms. The benefits for both the healthcare facility and patient are numerous. Consider this: one hospital had to pay $44,000 in patient theft claims in 2010. That is a lot of money that could be going to the salary of a hardworking staff member or more medical equipment.  And in nursing homes and assisted living centers, theft is the number one reported crime.

An easy solution to this is providing in-room safes at hospitals or other medical facilities. This allows the patients to have 24/7 access to their valuables, while feeling secure about their location and safety. Patients don't have to keep track of things like their keys, wallets, and jewelry while being potentially limited physically. They can keep them right at the bedside in a beside safe. 

And with bedside safes, the hospital staff can focus on doing what they do best, taking care of the patients. For more information about how safes can help increase patient satisfaction in the healthcare industry, contact us at Safemark Systems today. 

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Tags: healthcare security, Hospital Safes, safes for hospitals

2016 Events and Trade Shows (April-July)

Posted on Mon, Mar 28, 2016 @ 10:02 PM

Attending one of the following events? Be sure to stop by and sell hello to our Direct Sales team.

Trade Shows Dates Location
Asia Pacific Distributor Meeting April 11 Singapore
FHA Singapore 2016 Apirl 12-15 Singapore
IHG Conference April 19 -20 Roma, Italy
Marriott GM/Operation Meeting, Asia April 21-23 Bali, Indonesia
AmericInn April 24-26 St. Paul, MN
Benjamin West Track Days April 26-28 Colorado Spring, CO
Safemark Direct Sales Meeting May 1-3 Las Vegas, NV
HD Expo May 4-6 Las Vegas, NV
Hyatt Engineering Regional  May 5-8 Mexico City, Mexico
HOTEC ME May 6-8 Doha, Qatar
Choice Hotel International 2016 Conf. May 10-12 Las Vegas, NV
HISPEC May 24-27 Barcelona, Spain
HI Design Europe June 1-3 Lisbon, Portugal
Equipotel Cancun June 10-12 Cancun, Mexico
Interstate June 13-14 Orlando, FL
HOTEC Design, North America June 20-23 Naples, FL
HITEC June 20-23 New Orleans, LA
BITAC Symposium June 26-28 San Diego, CA
BITAC P&D East July 17-19 Hollywood, FL
National Fair of Hospitality July 17-18 TBD

Tags: Hotel safes, electronic lockers

The STX-3 has Designers Bringing the Safe out of the Closet

Posted on Wed, Mar 23, 2016 @ 07:23 AM

A few years ago, we introduced the LTX-3 safe which blended requests from the hotel design community and respected industry security experts. The LTX-3 quickly gained ground and was installed by numerous hotels around the world. The popularity of this model with four unique finish options prompted the need for us to build a similar safe for hotels with limited space....so along came the STX-3 safe.

The STX-3 has the same security and design features as its bigger sibling, but takes up less real estate with dimensions measuring 17" (432 mm) wide x 17.25" (438 mm) deep x 8" (203 mm) high. The STX-3 easily fits 15” laptops and much more. Click here to download the brochure.

STX-3 Hotel Safe.pngHotels depend on reliable, emergency access to their safes and Safemark’s optional highsecurity, override key system delivers confidence. Concealed behind a magnetic plate, high-security override key is customized to each property with a unique pinning code. Unlike skeleton keys, the key cannot be unknowingly copied and additional keys are only available from the manufacturer with proper authority. The lock is virtually pick proof and cannot be bumped.


Safemark’s Emergency Handheld Override (EHO) provides added security with password protected access and easy-to-use Windows based software for the industry’s most comprehensive audit trail. The STX-3 also includes an exclusive $10,000 warranty against theft by forced entry during the 5-year manufacturer’s warranty.


STX-3 Construction:

  • Cold-Rolled Steel Door
  • 13 Gauge Steel Body
  • Two 3/4” (19mm) Diameter Steel Locking Bolts
  • Hidden Hinges
  • Curved Elliptical Keypad for Optimal Viewing
  • Integrated Handle
  • 4 AA Alkaline Batteries
  • Windows™ Based Software
  • Optional Concealed Fail-Safe Key Lock Override
  • Internal Light
  • Backlit keypad, display and logo
  • Industry-first backlit instructions for easy viewing
  • Standard finish body: Black
  • Standard finish door: Choose from one of four designer carbon fiber finishes
  • Optional Color Matched 13 1/2” (342.9mm) Pedestal
  • Optional Left/Right Hinging

Tags: guest safes, laptop safe, electronic safes

SPEYEGUARD® Stationary Covers – Protecting the Privacy of Your Guests and Protecting Your Hotel

Posted on Wed, Mar 16, 2016 @ 01:45 PM

The Erin Andrews’ lawsuit is bound to have a tremendous ripple effect on hotel security and privacy. And frankly, it should. With the jury awarding Andrews $55 million, hotels need to act now and evaluate their current operating procedures and facility to ensure their guests are secure. This is especially important because high profile cases tend to bring perpetrators out of the woodwork.

Safemark partnered with Privacy Logic in 2011, the US based manufacturer of SPEYEGUARD® peephole covers. Led by Gary Van Solkema, President of Privacy Logic, we were impressed with their tamperproof design and genuine passion for guest room security. Gary and his team worked diligently to perfect the peephole cover and were rewarded with a patent on the design. 

The SPEYEGUARD® stationary cover incorporates an exclusive slide mechanism that automatically self-closes and always covers the peephole to ensure maximum privacy. The two-part cover easily installs over existing door viewers without the hassle of having to remove and re-install the viewer.

To operate, guests simply slide the cover up, look through the viewer and release. The cover automatically slides down to a closed position. The covers are designed to grasp easily with one hand or a closed fist and do not require pinching or twisting to operate. This makes it easy to use for every guest, including those with disabilities.

Regardless of the hotel’s age, peepholes are often found loose, which can result from climate changes and normal use. By installing SPEYEGUARD™ Stationary Covers, hotels are heightening guest room security, protecting guests’ privacy, and reducing hotel owner's liability. In addition, hoteliers can maintain the design integrity of their guest room door hardware with one of several sophisticated, plated finishes and/or an embedded custom logo.

We want to help prevent guests from being violated and hoteliers from costly lawsuits. Hotels can expedite ordering of the peephole covers through our website where several finishes are available to complement existing hardware and décor. Installation is quick and easy and can be performed during normal housekeeping duties.Peephole Cover for Hotels

Tags: hotel security, Peephole, guest security

Invest in Hotel Safes to Secure Group Business

Posted on Wed, Mar 02, 2016 @ 07:59 AM

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Catering to group business travelers is one of the best ways to increase your occupancy. And that often starts when RFPs arrive from large groups requesting information about your rooms, pricing and amenities. Along with reliable WIFI, business travel planners need assurance that your property is safe for their employees - especially because these particular guests often carry assets from their employer. 

Enough Space for Large Laptops

While many laptops are only 14” or 15.6” in size, there are some 17” laptops, so you are better off providing a security solution to everyone. Installing 17” laptop safes will supply guests with enough space to store their laptop.

Extra Room for Other Valuables

With the amount of space that comes with a 17” laptop safe, a guest should be able to fit more items to keep safe while they are sleeping or away. Using a small safe usually does not provide enough space for storing laptops due to the square or rectangular size that does not accommodate laptop length. So, you can get away with using a 17” laptop safe as the main safe in guest rooms due to the large size.

Long and Slender for Easy Installation

Laptop safes can be installed in many places throughout a guest room, but the best places are where it is unobtrusive to the guests. For instance, inside of closets or in replacement of television stand drawers are two great places that do not take up any valuable space.

If you have any questions about 17” laptop safes or would like to learn more about the options you have in regard to price, size, and features, feel free to contact us at any time.

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Tags: hotel safe, business travelers

Safemark's Hotel Safes for IHG

Posted on Wed, Feb 24, 2016 @ 08:22 AM

Safemark has had the pleasure of working with IHG for more than a decade. We continue to collaborate with IHG's team of professionals to ensure both guests and hotels benefit from the convenience of electronic safes. As part of our supplier agreement, Safemark's reach extends globally to include all IHG brands.


Holiday Inn Express® - Brand Standard Amendment

Holiday Inn Express has selected Safemark's M 5.1 guest room safe as the brand standard for all new construction, conversion and renovation properties (including those with a PIP).

Highlights
Blue_black_pad_v02.jpgDescription:  Safe at Guestroom inside the wardrobe. Optional Pedestal available and recommended for ADA rooms.
Model:  M 5.1 Electronic Safe
Dimensions:  Outside: 17"W x 14.75"D(includes keypad) x 9"H; Inside: 16.75"W x 11.8"D x 7.7"H; Door 11.8"W x 7.125"H; Pedestal 13.50"H 


EVEN® Hotels and Guest Room Safes

In addition to Holiday Inn Express, Safemark has worked with the team at EVEN Hotels to ensure guests have convenient location to secure valuables. 

Popular Safe Models for IHG® Properties
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E 5.1 Safe - Crowne Plaza®, InterContinental®, Even® Hotel, Staybridge®, Candlewood®
The E 5.1 is one of Safemark's top selling models. Large enough to for 17" Laptops, the E 5.1 benefits both business travelers and leisure guests with a roomy interior to secure valuables. Learn more...


EN5.3_Open_300dpi.jpgEN 5.3 Safe - Crowne Plaza®, InterContinental®, Candlewood®

Along with other front-loading safes, the EN 5.3 is easily mounted on a closet shelf or pedestal, yet the sleek design has many hoteliers placing the safe in the main guest room area. This model accommodates 17" laptop safes and more. Learn more...


Blue_black_pad_v02.jpgM 5.1 Safe in Formula Blue - Holiday Inn Express®
Safemark's M 5.1 safe is now required for all New Development, Renovation and Conversion HIEX properties. Built for 15" laptops and more, the M 5.1 is available with an optional Fail-Safe Key Override system. Learn more...


M 5.1 Safe - Holiday Inn®, Hotel Indigo®
Image_2285_300dpi_lg-2.jpgWhile the Formula Blue version is designated for HIEX, the M 5.1 has been a favorite model for IHG properties for many years. Capable of housing 15" laptops and much more, the M 5.1 can be installed in case goods, closets or color matching pedestals. Learn more...


LTX-3 Safe - Crowne Plaza®, InterContinental®
LTX3-white-10-cropped.jpgSafemark’s new LTX-3 safe unites technology and durability with sophisticated design. Available in distinctive finish options, the LTX-3 collaborates the passion of more than 300 industry designers and security experts. 
Learn more...

WX 5.0 and SX 5.0 Wall Safes - Even Hotels®, InterContinental®
SMWXL5.0_Open_Cropped.jpgOur portfolio of wall safes includes both in-wall and surface mount designs. Each design has the optional high-security override key and is available in 15" and 17" laptop sizes.
Learn more...

Recent IHG Orders

Holiday Inn Express Spring Hill, Australia   Holiday Inn Express New Orleans, LA
Holiday Inn Sydney Sydney, Australia   Holiday Inn Hialeah Woburn, MA
Holiday Inn Long Beach, CA   Holiday Inn Express Landover Hills, MD
InterContinental Los Angeles, CA   Holiday Inn Bar Harbor, ME
Holiday Inn Express San Diego, CA   Crowne Plaza Guadalajara, Mex
InterContinental San Francisco, CA   Candlewood Suites Williston, ND
Holiday Inn Gateway San Francisco, CA   Holiday Inn Express Las Vegas, NV
Holiday Inn Main Gate Kissimmee, FL   EVEN Hotel Brooklyn, NY
Holiday Inn Miami Beach, FL   Holiday Inn Lake George, NY
Holiday Inn Resort Orlando, FL   Holiday Inn Express Latham, NY
Crowne Plaza Orlando, FL   EVEN Hotel New York, NY
Holiday Inn Vero Beach, FL   Hotel Indigo New York, NY
Hotel Indigo Atlanta, GA   InterContinental New York, NY
Holiday Inn E&S Kona, HI   Holiday Inn Cleveland, OH
InterContinental Chicago, IL   Holiday Inn Express Dallas, TX
Holiday Inn Express Springfield, IL   Holiday Inn Express Greenville, TX
Crowne Plaza Springfield, IL   Holiday Inn Express Fond Du Lac, WI
 

Testimonials

"We have enjoyed a mutually beneficial relationship with Safemark for many years. We are excited to include Safemark safes in our new property located in Buford, GA."
Pete Patel, Owner
HK Hotel Group
Buford, GA

"The quality of Safemark's drawer safe was evident from the start and far superior to others we examined. We also enjoyed working with Bruce who was very informative during the sales process."
Jeff Brown, Owner
Brown Hospitality
Gananoque, ON

"Safemark is a terrific partner. We have Safemark safes installed in seven hotels including full service and mid service properties. Our locations are diversified and cover a rural market, airport location, business locations and three hotels with water parks."
Todd Winkler, President
Wisco Hotel Group
Madison, WI

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Safemark Systems Joins The National Purchasing Network as Exclusive Provider of Guestroom Safes

Posted on Tue, Feb 16, 2016 @ 12:11 PM

Orlando, Fla. (February 16, 2016) – Safemark Systems is entering 2016 as the exclusive provider of guest room safes – including delivery and optional installation services – for The National Purchasing Network (NPN). With more than one million safes installed around the world, Safemark continues to lead the industry with innovation and design. Today 39 of the top 40 hotel brands rely on Safemark to provide their guests with the most secure in-room safe technology.

“With more than 25 million dollars in purchasing power, NPN members receive the best products at the best price,” said Terry Small, director of National Purchasing Network. “We are committed to building relationships that last with suppliers who have passed the test of time. For more than 30 years, Safemark has delivered the industry’s most comprehensive solutions for protecting guests’ valuables and shielding hotels against alleged losses. Safemark’s broad range of safe options, combined with their expert installation and 24/7 technical support, are the perfect complement to our portfolio. We welcome them aboard.”

Based in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, NPN is designed to save hoteliers money and increase productivity. As part of NPN, hoteliers have access to a vast supply of hospitality products and services. From procurement to execution, NPN makes buying easy.

“Safemark is delighted to partner with NPN,” said John Foley, Safemark vice president of sales. “We look forward to working with members to ensure that their hotels and guests benefit from the convenience and reliability of our extensive portfolio of in-room safes.”

About Safemark
Celebrating over 30 years of guest room security, Safemark is the dominant provider of safes to the global hospitality industry and the approved supplier for leading hotel brands and management companies. With more than one million installations and the widest selection of safes, Safemark has engineered a complete line of safes to balance the unique needs of operators, designers, and hotel guests. As an added peace of mind, each safe includes a manufacturer’s warranty and an exclusive $10,000 limited warranty against forced entry. Safemark recently merged with ScooterBug, Inc. to provide customers with an extensive portfolio of guest security and mobility solutions. This powerful combination alters the way hospitality, leisure and entertainment venues deliver guest convenience through exclusive patented technologies. For additional information, visit www.safemark.com.

About NPN
Based out of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, The National Purchasing Network is a smarter solution for your Hotels Foods, Rooms and Maintenance Procurement. With more than twenty five million dollars of purchasing power, NPN has forged working partnerships with many of the dominant manufacturers as well as those supplying the industry with a more specific quality product. From our Master Supplier relationships with SYSCO, Edward Don, Guest Supply, Ecolab, Entegra, Coke, Steritech, Staples, Serta, PSAV and Royal Cup to our niche relationship that include Nestles, Kens Foods, Xerox, Topp Copiers and many more, we have a portfolio of goods and services to meet your properties specific needs. For more information, visit www.natpurchasing.com.

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