You may remember a few years ago there was a group of thieves targeting celebrities homes. Nicknamed the ‘Bling Ring’ a group of eight teenagers and young people burgled the homes of several stars in 2008. Since that story hit the headlines, celebrities have amped up the security on their houses. These celebs are filthy rich so can afford to splash out on extreme home security, but you can take inspiration from them, and take away ideas for your own home.
The famous rapper spares no expense when it comes to securing his Connecticut mansion, spending a reported $1 million per year. 50 used some of that money to install an extensive camera surveillance system all over his home. Which is a great deterrent for buglers, you can even buy fake ones for much less money. An offender is less likely to break into a house, if they feel they are being watched.
The movie stars’ mansion home is sectioned off into ‘zones’ with fingerprint identification required for a person to enter. This means the staff are only able to access the sections of the house they work in. There is also an impressive electric gate, with guards posted at the entrance 24/7. Now we know that not many people could afford such a beefed up security system, however you can make small changes to your own home, to make it more secure. Be sure to install a peep hole in your door, so you don’t have to open the door to strangers. You can also make sure (if it can be accommodated) you have a sturdy gate with a lock, to prevent people trespassing on your property.
The quirky Pirates of the Caribbean actor has an equally quirky house in Los Angeles, fit with turrets, battlement and towers. However his home security is definitely not medieval, his security systems include security cameras and security guards. He has also employed the architecture of his home to help with security. Depp’s mansion only has one entrance, so is impossible to enter without somebody seeing. He also uses the tall trees around the property to obscure the view of inside for any potential thieves. This may not be advisable if you do not have round the clock security, as the trees can stop neighbours or a passerby knowing someone has broken in or attempting to break in. You can definitely take some ideas from Johnny – making sure any valuables are out of sight is a great way to deter burglars.
Prince William and Kate Middleton
Now as you would expect, the security for the future king is the best you can get. Security details of the couples’ new home were made public not that long ago and include an ‘air lock’ double door system, a CCTV system, pop up bollards and spiked railings. An ‘air lock’ double door system is simpler than it sounds. It means that there is a small passageway between two doors that are air tight. Meaning if an intruder was to enter the first door, he could be trapped within the passageway until the police arrived. Now it is impossible to have as many precautions as the Royals, however you can secure your home by making sure all doors and windows are locked securely. If your house does have a porch area, make sure both the front door and porch door have sturdy locks, if a burglar has to get through two doors, they are less likely to break in.
Or if you have the money and really want to protect yourself, then you could buy your own private island like Virgin founder Richard Branson. Who needs cameras and security guards when you are surrounded by water?
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