Billionaire Bunkers: Security for the Super-Rich
Building a Billionaire Bunker: Security for the Super-Rich
A typical home equipped with a security system relies on things like motion detectors and alarm monitoring to help keep things safe and sound. Add a few million dollars to the security budget and that typical home can start to resemble the hideout of a James Bond villain.
A recent Forbes article explored an apparent trend in elaborate, high-tech home security for the wealthy, coining the phrase “Billionaire Bunkers.” It seems business is booming for security companies whose client lists include business moguls, celebrities and the occasional sultan.
From Kevlar doors to panic suites
So, what kind of security precautions can a high-profile consumer take advantage of? If you can afford to pay $20,000 for a Kevlar-lined panic room door, you might not blink an eye at some of the other items on the list:
- Devices that can bathe an intruder in a disorienting fog or a debilitating cloud of pepper spray
- Thermal cameras that can detect the heat signature of a human body from as far away as 9 miles
- A scanner that creates a biometric profile based on your face, voice and behavior patterns, essentially turning your body into an organic house key
Also, mansion dwellers who don’t mind a little remodeling can call on a company in Arizona that specializes in constructing secret passageways disguised by bookcases and wardrobes.
Don’t forget about the next generation of the panic room – the multi-room panic suite.
Some concerns are universal
It would be easy to dismiss these expenditures as examples of lifestyles of the rich and paranoid. However, the people who rely on these measures might answer that those with great wealth, great fame or both can face higher risks for burglars, kidnappers and stalkers.
Also, keep in mind that all kinds of homeowners spend money to help protect their families and belongings, not just those who live in palatial estates. Business research firm MarketsandMarkets estimates that Americans spent a total of more than $20 billion on home security in 2011 alone.
Maybe the most fitting explanation comes from an unnamed security customer quoted in the Forbes article: “The best system in the world is the one you never use. But there is a lot of peace of mind that comes with it.”
You can easily imagine hearing those words from just about any homeowner who chooses to install a security system, regardless of tax bracket.