By now you have probably seen or heard a news report about Alex Trebek’s hotel room being burglarized in 2011 while he and his wife were asleep in the bedroom. But for those who have not; he awoke to find a woman in his hotel room stealing items from him. Mr. Trebek chased the woman and in the process his Achilles tendon ruptured. The woman was captured shortly after the theft and most of the property was returned.
This type of invasion Burglary happens often and if it can happen in a 5 star San Francisco Hotel Suite, it can happen anywhere. Here are some tips and products to help keep this from happening to you.
When you are in a hotel room, people enter that room. It may be the maid cleaning, the staff restocking the bar, managers checking on quality. How often do you see a hotel room door standing open while the maid is cleaning a bathroom? It only takes a few seconds for a thief to step in and take visible valuables.
Place all valuables in the hotel safe, either at the front desk or in the room safe. For times when no safe is available, use a diversion safe like a book safe. The book Safe is a real book with a compartment carved into the middle.
There are a number of inexpensive and easy to carry products that will alarm or block an intruder from entering your room, even if they have a key. A few of them are reviewed below.
The Door Stop Alarm is a product that can be placed at the bottom of the door. If the door is opened, the door is stopped from opening and a loud alarm sounds. Most of these alarms also have a movement sensor that sounds if the alarm is moved while it is turned on. If you want to stop staff from walking in on you silently, the alarm function can be turned off.
The 130 db Personal Alarm with Door Alarm is as loud as eight 100- decibel alarms. The door accessory of this alarm has a clip that is placed between the door and the door frame. The alarm box hangs on the door knob. If the protected door is opened, the clip falls away and activates the alarm.
The Travel Guard Mini Travel Alarm with PIR Sensor is a Personal Alarm and can protect an area of a room by sensing motion with Passive Infrared (PIR) SENSOR that detects movement up to nine feet away. When triggered, it emits a loud 15 second, 100dB blast making an impending criminal cower and run. Just slide the cover down exposing the infrared sensor and the off/auto switch. Turn the switch to auto, and the sensor will start detecting motion in 60 seconds.
For more information on these products and more you can find them at our website page Personal Alarms.
Have great fun and safe travels!