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- BBC News
A British court has sentenced a man to prison on Friday after he was charged with burglary at the home of former English footballer Ashley Cole, after the thief tied him up with his partner in the house and stole valuables, leaving the question arises how the rich protect their luxury homes and strengthen against burglary?
To begin with, says John Moore, head of Westminster Security, a security company specializing in home protection in wealthy areas such as Holland Park in the UK: “We are seeing a huge increase in demand (for our services), it is assured. “
Moore added that the Kensington area, where luxury villas are sold for millions, has become a “true incubator of criminal activity”.
He revealed that the current robberies are being carried out very well recently, and “criminal gangs are very professional and come from abroad to target property and leave the country quickly.”
On the statistics, Moore said: “There’s literally an accident (theft) every two nights … and there are people who hang out until 3am, and that’s clearly not a good thing.”
“It’s very dangerous at the moment.”
There was a break-in at the home of former English captain David Beckham and his wife, former fashion designer and singer Victoria, while they were inside with their 10-year-old daughter. The Metropolitan Police said a number of items had already been stolen.
It took place in the wake of the burglary at the mansion of Tamara Ecclestone, the heir to the Formula 1 Foundation in 2019, in which an Italian gang of jewelery thieves stole hundreds of pieces of jewelery, cash, diamonds and precious stones, worth 25. . million pounds.
Moore said his employees stop people spying on the homes of the rich, taking pictures of security cameras, gates and vehicles in these luxury homes.
He added: “They (the thieves) go over the outer gates and try to go through the front doors.” “They are so rude that they have no shame, they just want to end the theft.”
“security guards They cost a lot“
That’s why the rich need someone to guard their homes, but how much does it cost to have security guarded in their homes 24/7? Especially since most of them spend long hours outside.
Moore has revealed an approximate cost of guiding between £ 250,000 and £ 500,000 a year, but the cost of security and guidance is a tax deductible expense if the threat is due to the nature of the person’s business (like fame).
“There is no denying that using personal security guards is expensive,” he explained. “Many customers see it as an investment, so they invest in the safety and security of their families.”
Social media influencer Molly May Haig has increased her vigilance following reports that £ 800,000 worth of belongings were lost last year in a burglary at the Manchester apartment where she lived with boxer boyfriend Tommy Fury.
Regarding the burglary, Molly, a former participant in the Love Island program, said in a YouTube video that the burglary was “without a doubt the worst thing that happened to me”.
The 22-year-old admitted that posting photos of her lavish lifestyle on social media may have upset the balance between her security and sharing her life with followers.
Molly has since made the decision not to post any clips of her home on social media and considered it “completely taboo” and apparently stopped ordering fast food at her home, admitting that she lost interest in jewelry and expensive clothes has what can “order” her safety. .
“You can not bribe a dog”
A number of celebrities have enlisted the help of animal friends to protect their homes, including rapper Stormzy, soccer players Jack Grealish and Jesse Lingard.
Robert Metcalfe, a personal protection dog specialist in Nottingham, trains family dogs to protect their owners and their property.
It also sells German Shepherds, the well-known German Shepherd, worth £ 10,000 to celebrities such as models, princes and wealthy Arabs who live or own property in London.
“If you buy a personal protection dog, no one can buy it,” Metcalf explained.
“I got a query from a client a week ago and asked about the budget,” he said. “They said he does not have a budget – his net worth is £ 2 billion.”
But what happens when the personal protection dogs detect an approaching intruder? He replies, “We want them to bark and scare them off.”
Reinforced rooms “are the norm”
In December, Premier League player Joao Cancelo suffered facial injuries while trying to fend off a gang of intruders at home.
The 27-year-old said “four cowards hurt me and tried to harm my family” and took all his jewelery in the robbery.
The rich and famous tend to install fortified rooms or so-called (panic rooms) in their homes, to flee to them when they are scared, broken into, or when they feel there is an intruder in the house.
British TV star Gemma Collins revealed to the BBC podcast last year that the bunkered rooms in her Essex home were allegedly worth up to £ 1.3 million.
Gemma came face to face with thieves while escaping from her old apartment in 2015.
Paul Weldon, who runs the Panic Room Company, says these rooms “now look like an indispensable base” when building large homes.
Among his clients are football players.
“When designers ask him what customers want in their homes, they consider the fortified rooms as a sauna, a soccer field and a cinema room,” he said. “We have found that there is a much greater demand for bunkers.”
He said a basic reinforced room could cost around £ 40,000. And they can be hidden behind fake walls, mirrors and even shoe racks.
But … how can the bunkers be used when a thief tries to enter someone’s house while they are inside?
Weldon explains that the house is well protected with alarms, so the person inside gets a warning of some kind of activity outside.
“So a person can lock himself in a safe area and make contact outside,” he says.
He emphasizes the presence of surveillance cameras in the room through which he can monitor what is going on outside, and it is also possible to seek help from the person’s security team or the police.
But the demand for safe rooms or panic rooms when theft occurs has fallen behind the demand for safe rooms to face completely different threats.
“There was definitely an interest in nuclear bunkers,” Weldon says.
But where are the police in all this? The rich and famous must be able to rely on the police to scare off criminals, right?
Moore, chief of Westminster Security and a former soldier in the British Army, explained that “many people will laugh at the police and say why do people have to pay for private security when we have the police?”
He added, “We are happy in London, where there is a large concentration of police and they are very good at being on the scene at short notice, and they can be there when needed.”
But he says, “There will always be a demand for private security even if the police force is doubled, because the police cannot be on every street corner.
It’s like “people who pay for private health care and private schools,” he explains.