(Jesus warned us about the difficulty the rich would have entering the kingdom of Heaven [Matt 19:23-24] because of the deceitfulness of their wealth [Mark 4:19] The vast majority of us will never win the lottery ... primarily because of the grace of God! He knows we could not handle it and it would destroy any meaningful relationship on our part with Him.).
To protect the exterior of their homes, some townhouse owners add a blast film to their window panes, which means they don’t shatter in an explosion and are all but impenetrable. Inside their mansions or lateral living apartments, most of the super-rich have two codes that open their safe(s) — one if everything is normal and another if they are what security folk call ‘under duress’. Key in the duress code and armed private security guards will arrive at the house in less than three minutes.
Ultra-high net worth households also demand that their telephone and internet communications are encrypted. ‘I’ve been to some houses that look more like the NSA [America’s National Security Agency just outside Washington DC] than a family home,’ jokes one of London’s leading security consultants. Mobile phones have tracking devices to help protect family members in a kidnap situation.
And don’t forget the smoke. Not the Cohibas in the fumoirs many wealthy men — and the odd woman — like to retreat to after dinner. Some homeowners have installed systems that billow out fog that disorientates intruders.
... Valuable artworks can be injected with tiny microchips linked to the home’s security system. If they are moved without warning, they automatically trigger a lockdown of the house and the police are alerted.
... Most exotic are the so-called SmartWater Index and Smoke Cloak systems. This is the last line of defence in a burglary. In the very unlikely event that an intruder does make it into a house and escapes without being caught, the chances are he or she soon will be. Not only will police have images on CCTV, but a smoke gun can be activated remotely once security personnel monitoring the CCTV realise something is wrong. The gun can create a mist laced with unique, synthetic DNA that is so fine it goes unnoticed, yet lingers on skin for weeks and shows up under UV light. Thanks to unique markers, it can be traced directly back to a specific home. ‘It makes the chances of catching the culprit way higher,’ says a spokeswoman for the Metropolitan Police.
... Being super-rich is not just about being super-paranoid, of course. It’s also about having more fun than the average bear and London’s super-prime homes have plenty of new ways to show off. Charles McDowell, one of London’s leading super-prime property agents, recalls viewing one home with a solid gold safe that rose out of the floor whenever the owner wanted to remind himself — and his guests — how filthy rich he is and what appallingly bad taste he has.
.... Others are content with avoiding the everyday hassles of life — for instance, reversing the car out of the garage. The latest homes come with garages equipped with a turntable so that the owner can drive in and out without looking over their shoulder.
... If you want bragging rights these days, you need your own submarine, which floats out of a sub-sea compartment in your superyacht. ‘It’s a toy, but if the worst happened, it could also be an escape route,’ says one prominent London tycoon with a weakness for Monaco-berthed superyachts — provided they have military-grade radar jammers and missile and torpedo defences.
Like most things the super-rich do, the race to get the latest security has become a competition to see who can lavish the most on the most outlandish kit.
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