Business is booming for hi-tech security firms as the super-rich become increasingly paranoid about their personal safety, according to an investigation by the London Evening Standard.
Columnist John Arlidge documents how 44-year-old Heyrick Bond Gunning, managing director of Salamanca Risk Management, is making a killing in London as a result of billionaires’ obsession with home security.
“Business is booming because billionaires are a paranoid bunch,” writes Arlidge. “Take one who recently moved to Mayfair. ‘He wanted everything, from protection from cyber hacking through to physical intrusion and kidnapping,’ says Bond Gunning. ‘We ended up installing fingerprint-activated locks for family members and programmable keys for staff that limit the time they are allowed into the property and the rooms they are able to enter and exit.”
Other spy-style security precautions being taken by the elite include;
– 24-hour CCTV security cameras that can distinguish between a dog, a cat and a person.
– Bomb-proof panic rooms that come supplied with food, water, medical supplies, communications and “an impregnable supply of fresh air”.
– Blast proof window panes.
– Encrypted phone and Internet communications.
– Smoke-emitting systems to deter intruders.
– Cameras hidden in the eyes of sculptures, picture frames and light switches that can learn behavioral traits and trigger alerts based on suspicious movements.
– Chips hidden inside artwork that trigger a complete lockdown of the house if movement is detected.
– SmartWater Index and Smoke Cloak system that leave traces of synthetic DNA on a criminal’s skin that can be detected under UV light for weeks.
As we previously highlighted, the trend of nervous billionaires preparing for a potential crime wave or some kind of mass civil unrest is truly global.
During this year’s Davos Economic Forum it was revealed that the wealthy are purchasing secret hideaways in remote locations in order to escape social upheaval and possible riots.
Realtors in New Zealand subsequently confirmed the flight to safety by the elite, noting that “paranoia” and concerns about personal safety and global crises were driving the trend.
Economist Robert Johnson made headlines when he divulged that “hedge fund managers all over the world….are buying airstrips and farms in places like New Zealand because they think they need a getaway.”
In a follow up interview, Johnson cited the riots in Ferguson, Missouri as the reason why, “A lot of wealthy and powerful people are quite afraid right now – they see us on an unstable trajectory.”
Back in May, the New York Times reported on how 8-feet-by-12-feet bulletproof rooms are becoming a must for elites who are panicked by potential soaring crime rates.
Earlier this year, Lord Jacob Rothschild also warned that the world is mired in the most dangerous geopolitical situation since World War II, advising clients involved with his £2.3 billion trust to concentrate on preserving their wealth.
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