Super-prime Security Solutions

By Oliver Burns

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June 4, 2015|Luxury Design

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  • ue to the worldwide, fast-paced lifestyles of the wealthy, many super-prime residences are only used for a few months or weeks a year, raising serious risk of burglary or even squatting if the correct security measures are not in place. Many have a team of live in staff so that there is always someone in the property, however where this is not the case, many ultra high net worth’s are now taking considerable steps to ensuring their properties and possessions are secure. At the top end of the market, the increase in security features has been fuelled by the influx of buyers from Eastern Europe, and in particular from Russia, where security concerns are high. Besides the obvious security systems and CCTV that allows owners to monitor their homes from remote locations, there are now more and more requirements for in-house security solutions to hide away valuables such as jewellery, watches and art collections.
Image sourced via Devon & Cornwall Executive

Some of the most secure solutions need to be considered at the beginning of a project as they are often required to be built into the structure of the property itself. Panic rooms come as standard at the very top end of the market and sometimes even require their own independent air supplies. Safes are also compulsory in super-prime properties and due to their large size, floors need to be reinforced to support their weight.

Image sourced via Linley

Bespoke safes are also an option with companies such as Stockinger providing glamourous, secure units to house jewellery, watches and other precious items. These can then be specified to the client’s wishes, from colour ways and linings to the structure itself, elegantly blending function and form.

However there are also other, less obvious ways to hide and store precious objects. Bespoke joinery can be tailored to feature hidden compartments for valuables or even automated to hide or reveal valuable art collections when required.

Images sourced via Neiman Marcus (left) and Houzz (right)

Similarly secret sliding doors can be made to look like bookcases but reveal large safes or vaults behind. Floor panels can also be tailored to reveal hidden storage space or secret underground cellars to store precious wine collections.

As London welcomes more and more overseas residents and homes continue to become more valuable we are set to see the need for added security measures grow. Beyond high-tech solutions such as number plate and eye recognition, building hidden spaces and storage into the framework of the building will soon become standard.


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