Like James Bond, we’d all like to die another day — and intruder-proof safe rooms can help.
Also called panic rooms, safe rooms “buy you time,” said Al Corbi, founder of Strategically Armored and Fortified Environments, which builds the heavily reinforced and secure spaces inside clients’ homes.
“On average, it takes from seven to 10 seconds for a bad guy to travel from the break-in point to the master bedroom,” where cash and valuables are usually stashed, Corbi said. The estimate is based on test break-ins that his company has clocked.
A homeowner jolted awake by a blaring alarm may not even make it to a nearby safe room, which is why Corbi suggests securing a bedroom itself, or better — transforming a master suite into a “safe core.” (Safe rooms are nearly always a room conversion; they are seldom add-on builds.)
“You need to already be safe when you go to bed,” said Corbi, whose company has headquarters in Los Angeles and Virginia.
Actress Sandra Bullock discovered just that in 2014 when a stalker broke into her Hollywood Hills home.
“I’m locked in my closet,” a distraught Bullock told a 911 dispatcher after she saw a man prowling her corridor. “I have a safe door in my bedroom, and I’ve locked it.”
Corbi said Bullock had the right idea: a bedroom that could be secured, and an apparent safe room within that room or suite. Alone-at-home Bullock bought some time as the intruder, who was apprehended by police without incident, freely roamed her estate.
“Safe rooms are becoming very popular, especially as home prices go up,” said Tomer Fridman, director of…
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