The wealthy seem to be doing a little more prepping of late.
Panic rooms and gun safes on rise in London luxury homes
Tom Bill, Reuters, 30 August 2012 (hat tip: NC)
One Hyde Park, a development in which the most expensive flat sold for 136 million pounds, has panic rooms and bullet-proof windows.
A 16 million-pound ($25 million) house on sale in the district of Kensington includes two panic rooms, two separate CCTV systems, safes for 24 guns and ammunition, bullet-proof windows and machinegun-proof doors.
Measures previously used by museums to protect artwork such as "security fog" are also now more common in homes, said Edo Mapelli Mozzi, managing director at consultancy Banda Property. Rooms fill with a thick fog in seconds to disorient intruders.
Security fog is a new one to me. Seems like a fairly good idea when the bad guys are limited for time, or you want to create some additional confusion to make your getaway.International security company Westminster Group, which provides services ranging from military training to fire safety, increased turnover to 10.1 million pounds from 3.8 million in 2011. It cited contracts won for "several high-net-worth properties in the UK including a stately home".
I gather leads to this.
For myself, I think I would be most concerned that there might be some sort of disabling agent in the fog. Possibly there is an option to pipe in soothing Barry Manilow (video) favorites - threatening to trap the perps into a sonic hell from which they cannot find an escape.
Note, I have nothing personal against the hard working Mr. Manilow, who is apparently a Ron Paul supporter, but I think it is safe to say his musical style does not fit the preferences of the demographic that most burglars come from.