robbed in hotel room
brave do you have to be to rob Mike
Tyson while he is in the room??
Well, TMZ reports that is exactly what happened on New Years Eve when Mike
Tyson was staying at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas after attending Stevie
Wonder's New Year's Eve concert. The intruder got away; police are
This isn't the first time a celebrity has been robbed in a what would be
considered a high end hotel. In 2011, Alex Trebek and his wife were
awakened in their San Francisco Marriott Marquis hotel room to find a
burglar stealing from them. However, unlike the
Tyson case the intruder
was caught rather quickly.
So if hotel room breakins can happen in more expensive hotels what can
happen at Motel 6 or Super 8? Traveling is expensive enough without having
to worry about losing your money and valuables, let alone the
consideration for your personal safety.
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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