The average homeowner takes basic safety precautions to keep intruders out: among them locks, deadbolts, security systems — and if you’re lucky, a guard dog who doubles as a snuggle buddy. But for those who have a few (thousand) dollars to spare, home security can become a highly sophisticated matter.
From biometrics to panic rooms, these security systems will keep out more than just your average thief.
Gone are the days of fumbling for your front door keys: former Israeli major general Aharon Ze’evi-Farkash, previous head of the Israeli Military Intelligence Directorate, has spent the past three years creating software that literally turns you into a key. His company, FST21, is working on a keyless entry system and human recognition software that reads your face, voice, and behaviors to allow you access into your home in under two seconds.
A prominent author who lives in South Florida (and whose exact identity has remained under wraps) has turned his home into a high-security bunker. The physical perimeter is rigged with alarms, while the rooms and stairways are outfitted with motion sensors and a heat sensor that can detect room temperature changes caused by body heat. In the case of an emergency, the author also has a 2,500-square-foot master suite that can be locked down with reinforced doors. The bathroom within this suite is also a panic room within the panic room, equipped with sufficient weapons and tools to combat any intruder.
N.C.B. fallout shelters protect their inhabitants from nuclear, biological, and chemical attacks. What’s in these bunkers can vary based on the needs of/perceived threats to the builder, but they’re generally equipped with three months worth of non-perishable food and clean water, as well as clean air (since you wouldn’t want to breathe in the toxic fumes of nuclear warfare...or a deadly red tide...or the zombie apocalypse). This underground shelter provides security at a high cost: the price can range from $25,000 to $1,000,000, depending on the size and materials used.
Always wanted to create a hidden nook or cranny in your home that only you are privy to? An Arizona-based company called Creative Home Engineering will actually install secret passageways in your home for you. You can build entrances in bookcases, closets, or even under staircases that lead to different parts of your home in the event of a home intrusion. Secret passageways are far cheaper than bunkers, so they’re a realistic option (and a bit more fun) for the average homeowner.
The name says it all: if a threatening, uninvited intruder enters your home, the infrared light on the Burglar Blaster will release a noxious gas, similar to pepper spray, that incapacitates your interloper. Coming in at under $1,000, the Burglar Blaster is a great option for security aficionados on a (relatively) low budget.
With this sci-fi-esque home security system, when an intruder enters, smoke enshrouds them. This smoke lingers on the intruder’s skin, undetected and harmless, for weeks. It shows up under UV light, and can be traced directly back to a specific home, which significantly increases your chances of finding the burglar who broke in.
These extravagant personal home security systems are fun to explore, but are unnecessary for the average homeowner. For most of us, all we need is a secure lock (and a trustworthy locksmith!).