thwarts burglary and injures his legs
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.
TravelandLeisure.com 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?
CrimeDoctor.com suggests the following tips for hotel security:
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
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."
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