David Spade’s home was hit in the rash of celebrity home burglaries across Los Angeles. Spade lost nearly $80K worth of jewelry and cash, including his mother’s wedding ring. AEGIS has been following these stories and has been ramping up its game for current clients in estate security, ensuring that our consulting and incidental services continue to prevent home burglaries wherever our officers are stationed.
This is our message to the estates in LA: enhance your security presence now.
Working with a home security consultant to design a security plan for your family can help you ensure you have the best security for your lifestyle and property. A security expert should be able to save you money in the long run and help you create a safe and secure home. For large estates, we highly recommend conducting a broad spectrum threat/vulnerability assessment and on-site walk-through with one of our qualified consultants.
The goal of the assessment is to assess your property’s perceived risks and mitigate them to the extent possible. Through our unique approach, our consultants regularly avert sizeable investments in security staff by mitigating their vulnerabilities through other means. This effort may amount to over a $500,000+ in savings annually. However, even making sure the security cameras used around your property are top-notch can make the difference between catching a burglar and losing everything.
Our own Jeff Zisner discussed the importance of drop cameras with CBS 2/KCAL 9 in light of this string of celebrity home burglaries. He supports security camera systems that let you check in on your property from anywhere in the world are highly recommended. In any home security situation, installation and placement of cameras, alarms, sensors, and other safety mechanisms is always the most difficult element of ensuring your safety while managing a budget. Even if you’re set on doing it yourself, bringing in a consultant can ensure the task is accomplished effectively.
The main idea: understand how your home needs to be secured. Don’t just rely on the knowledge you have or what an installation representative says from a company. Really evaluate your property and needs before choosing.
For those who have already been hit, we strongly recommend bringing in a physical presence. AEGIS’ estate security officers are top-notch. They are well-versed in how to monitor estate perimeters and identify suspicious activities and persons. Additionally, we analyze the size and placement of the property to place security officers in strategic locations throughout, allowing us to accurately maintain a secured perimeter. The choice to utilize a security guard is a choice to fully secure your estate.
The last consideration for those with elite status is bringing on bodyguards. These agents have a unique set of skills that qualify them to work closely with a client, including numerous years of experience, high levels of training, and military or law enforcement backgrounds. Having a small team of two or three bodyguards on staff 24/7 can ensure that you and your property are safe.
Ultimately, any type of physical, visible security will act as a deterrent to criminals. While you may have “hidden” cameras throughout your home, it is just as important to make it known that the home is under surveillance. Having security officers on property ensures that a response can take place immediately in the case of a burglary. The key is prevention, and enhancing your security measures will do just that.
In the meantime, make sure you are following these basic security tips to prevent home burglary until you can upgrade your system:
- Lock all doors and windows when you are not home or are not planning to leave the home for a long period of time (e.g., at night)
- Keep lights on during evening hours, especially when you are not home
- Leave a car in the driveway while on vacation
- Ask a neighbor to pick up mail, packages and newspaper while on vacation
AEGIS Security & Investigations is a Los Angeles region company that is licensed and insured in the State of California to provide high-end armed and unarmed regular and temporary off-duty police officers, bodyguards, security officers, loss prevention agents, and event staff. Additionally, we offer services for private investigation, consultation, people tracing, and background investigation. Our trainings and workshops in the field of security licensure and counter-terrorism have been featured in news media and are renowned for their efficacy. For more information or to contact us, visit www.aegis.com.
By Chelsea Turner and Jeff Zisner