43% of guests admit to stealing from hotel rooms

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Nearly half (43%) of British holidaymakers admit to thieving from their hotel rooms when they go away, according to a new survey commissioned from booking engine, Just the Flight.

Sixty per cent of this group didn’t consider it as stealing, while 12% admitted to taking things because the hotel was failing to offer them value for money.

Fifteen per cent said they stole items from hotel rooms because they simply thought they wouldn’t get caught.

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The survey of 1,000 people also highlighted that guests who took items from hotel rooms most frequently did so because they believed it was expected of them.

Of those who didn’t steal, 35% said that was because nothing in particular took their fancy, while only 7% were afraid of getting caught.

Men were slightly more likely to steal things than women from hotels, with 45% admitting to the crime, as opposed to 43% of females.
But young people were the biggest offenders, with 47% of 18-34 year olds saying they stole from hotels, compared with 45% of 35-54 year olds and 37% of those aged over 55.

Mark Byart, director of internet for Just the Flight, said: “The survey shows Britons aren’t always sure about what they can and can’t take.

“Some hotels are happy for you to take mementos home, but others run on very tight margins and would rather not see extra toiletries going missing.

“Some hotels already have price lists for in-room items such as dressing gowns and towels – being upfront with guests can only improve their hotel experience.”

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