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Bad news for burglars: Homeowners are building out panic rooms — with wet bars

Why have just a safe box when you can have a safe room?
August 07, 2017 02:30PM

Illustration of safe room (Getty Images)

Panic rooms – complete with wet bars – are all the rage for homeowners worried about possible break-ins.

The heavily secured spaces are popular among celebrities and government officials who seek protection against burglars and natural disasters. They often feature invisible security protections, such as steel windows and door frames painted to match existing trim or Kevlar that’s embedded within walls to make them fire resistant, the Los Angeles Times reported.

Tomer Fridman, Compass’ director of international markets — who is known in L.A. as the Kardashian’s go-to broker — said the construction of safe rooms is becoming more popular as home prices go up, especially inside newly-built luxury properties.

A popular feature in a safe room: the wet bar.

“You may as well have a cappuccino while calling the police,” Fridman said to the L.A. Times.

The rooms often include an independently wired phones and a surveillance system. Other add-ons can include ballistic-grade glass to block bullets and air filtration systems in case of chemical attacks.

Prices can vary from under $1,000 for securing a door to hundreds of thousands of dollars, according to the Times.

Given Kim Kardashian’s incident in Paris, the trend could soon spread to luxury hotels. [LAT] — Subrina Hudson