5 Celebrities with Eye-Popping Home Security Systems
Securing your home shouldn't cost you an arm and a leg. Today's residential alarm systems are more affordable than ever, while providing total protection against burglary, fire and other household dangers. But let's face it – if you're Brad Pitt, you'll probably splurge a little more to keep your house safe.
Today's hottest Hollywood stars and other high-profile figures spend big bucks to protect their homes. And it's no wonder – in recent years, several burglary sprees have resulted in celebrities' homes being broken into and ransacked. Their wealth and status alone make them a target for thieves.
Just how much are celebrities willing to spend on their home security systems? In some cases, there appears to be almost no limit. Let's look at a few of these cases to get a glimpse of how the "rich and fabulous" secure their properties.
- Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie
According to reports, Brad and Angelina have likely shelled out more than $235 million for their elaborate home security system in France. The system is said to include numerous motion-triggered cameras, digital fingerprint access systems, and ex-military personnel who guard the house around the clock.
- Prince William & Catherine
How do you keep royalty safe from intruders? If you're a prince of England, you do it with air-locked double doors, an elaborate CCTV system, spiked railings, and rising steel bollards to stop vehicles from entering the property. Those are just a few components of Prince William's impressive home security system.
- Tom Cruise
In the movie Mission Impossible, Tom Cruise's character is no stranger to sophisticated security systems. And in real life, Cruise's own home security isn't far off. He employs several security professionals to stand guard at his property's locked gates at all times. Some reports say the property has dozens of security cameras, including some that are positioned low to the ground to take snapshots of vehicle license plates as they enter the property. Cruise also employs several staff in his home, but each person must first pass an extensive background check. And even then, there are some highly-secured "zones" in the home where no employees are allowed to enter.
- 50 Cent
Curtis Jackson, the rap artist known as 50 Cent, reportedly spends upwards of $20,000 a week to secure his 52-room mansion in Farmington, Connecticut. In a 2009 interview, 50 Cent explained, "My home is surrounded by cameras. I need surveillance not only to look out for me but also to protect me. You get all these crazy lawsuits, and I need cameras to check on things."
- Tom Brady
Traditional home security cameras and motion sensors weren't enough to make this well-paid NFL quarterback feel safe. So, he and his wife Gisele Bündchen built a moat around their $20 million, 22,000-square-foot house in Los Angeles. The moat runs across the front of the house and even has a bridge over it. While the moat is likely to be more decorative than protective, it adds an additional layer of security to a house in which no expense has been spared to keep the family safe.