The Real Deal New York

Oil heiress adds high-tech security to WV home, following earlier ninja break-in

June 18, 2012 01:00PM

Hyatt Bass, the daughter of oil tycoon Sid Bass, and her husband Josh Klausner, screenwriter of “Date Night,” are equipping their West Village mansion with deluxe security, the New York Post reported. The family has been targeted by two previous break-ins, including one by men dressed as ninjas.

Bass purchased a four-story, 7,000-square-foot West Village townhouse for $7.5 million in 2001, though her identity was not revealed at the time. For security purposes, she’s installing five camouflaged ground-level surveillance cameras, two intercom panels next to the entrances, windows that only open to the backyard and brick parapets along the roof. The top three floors will be wrapped in metal. The Post, which did not reveal the address of the townhouse, said these additions are rarely granted in the historic neighborhood, but building permits show the features will be discreet.

The oil heiress’ childhood home in Texas was broken into in 1980. And in 2007, three ninja-clad men broke into the Connecticut estate of Bass’ mother, Anne, injected her with a blue fluid that contained a “deadly virus,” and threatened to keep the antidote for the virus away from her unless she handed them $8.5 million. The threat was discovered to be a hoax and just one intruder, the estate butler, was caught and convicted for the incident.

“Hyatt is very concerned about her family’s privacy and security,” an unnamed source told the Post. “The home is going to have state-of-the-art security.” [Post]