Alex Trebek thwarts burglary and injures his legs

alex trebek break inAugust 4, 2011 Recently, Jeopardy host Alex Trebek and his wife were awakened in their San Francisco Marriott Marquis hotel room to find a burglar stealing from them. The startled burglar ran off and Trebek chased after her. In the heat of the pursuit Trebek fell and ruptured his Achilles tendon as well as hurting his other leg. Trebek says he hobbled back to his room and immediately called the hotel security who was able to apprehend Lucinda Moyers, the thief. Police were still unsure how Moyers gained access to Trebek's room.

Later on the Today show, Trebek stated, "I woke up and saw a figure in our hotel bedroom and I thought I was dreaming. I realized immediately that someone had been in the room, and I put on my underwear and ran down the hall to see if I could find her."

Everything the thief took was recovered except for some cash and an irreplaceable bracelet Trebek's mother gave him 20 years ago. Lucinda Moyers is facing felony burglary and possession of stolen property charges. Moyers has two prior convictions for residential burglary and served time in state prison for both.

Protect yourself and your money while traveling. suggests you ask the following questions about the hotel you wish to stay at.

Ask these questions:
Does the hotel employ round-the-clock security personnel? "A hotel can have closed-circuit TV," he says, "but if there's no one to respond, it's not a comprehensive security program."

Does the hotel require all guests to present a government-issued photo ID, driver's license, or passport when registering?

Does the hotel restrict access to guest-room floors to those staying there? If so, how is this enforced?

Has the staff received security and emergency-management training? suggests the following tips for hotel security:
Occupancy Cues
Put the Do-Not-Disturb sign on the doorknob even when you are away so people believe the room is occupied.

Beware the Parking Lot
Take advantage of car valet service, if available to avoid the parking lot.

Access Control
Do not open your door to someone who knocks unannounced.

Door Security Hardware
Hotel or motel rooms should be equipped with a solid-core wood or metal door for best protection.

Higher Floors are Safer
Upper floors are safer from crime, but worse for fire rescue.

Other Entry Points
Make sure all windows and sliding doors are secured, if they are accessible from the ground.

Making a break-in too easy.
"About half of all break-ins aren't break-ins but walk-ins," says Bob Portenier, consultant, lecturer, and former burglar. "Families get in a hurry in the morning -- kids going to school, running late for work, doctors' appointments, what have you -- and forget to take that one or two minutes to check the doors and locks, usually on the back side. You have a pet, you let it out to do its business -- and then forget the security French door or sliding glass door." Source


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