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Hiding in plain sight – modern ‘panic rooms’

A bunker or panic room is a well-fortified defensive or defensive structure. Usually they are built underground using a pit or underground method, but there are semi-buried and also surface ones, if the conditions of defense or construction conditions require it (high groundwater, too strong rocks that do not allow you to quickly build a structure).

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A safe room, also known as a panic room, is a fortified room that is installed in a private residence or business to provide a safe hiding place for inhabitants in the event of an emergency.

Why it is needed?

  • to hide from burglars. The protection of a safe room will afford residents extra time to contact police;
  • to hide from would-be kidnappers. Many professional athletes, actors and politicians install safe rooms in their houses;
  • protection against natural disasters, such as tornadoes and hurricanes. Underground tornado bunkers are common in certain tornado-prone regions of the United States;
  • protection against a nuclear attack. While safe rooms near the blast may be incinerated, those far away may be shielded from radioactive fallout. This type of safe room, known as a fallout shelter, was more common during the Cold War than it is today;
  • to provide social distancing in the event of a serious disease outbreak; and
    fear of an abusive spouse.

Identified the location

In the first instance, we will carry out a free site survey that enable us to identify the most suitable room in the house to transform. It doesn’t matter the shape or size of the room or space, even the smallest rooms can be converted in a highly cost effective home security project.

Once we have identified the location, we will manufacture ‘made to measure’ steel, bulletproof security wall panels. Our expert team will then retrofit each of these panels to the walls of the room to create a bespoke safe room.

The most unexpected modern amenity in a private house

The panic room, commonly known as ‘safe room’ until the event of its dramatic impression on global consciousness as a result of the dramatisation of the 2002 thriller by David Fincher. It was screenwriter David Koepp who admitted that he made up the term ‘panic room’. Because ‘safe room’ simply lacked the drama that he wanted.

The decision to install a panic room door with locking mechanisms on your property is intended to avert the possibility of any drama, however. Secure, impregnable, well disguised and nowadays extremely habitable. The modern panic room is increasingly being adopted in both private homes and on business premises. And no longer exclusively by the super-rich.

Purchasers and panic rooms are changing too

The reality of today’s panic rooms is far cosier than the tiny steel-walled cell inhabited by Jodie Foster in the film. Rather than lurking behind fake bookcases or walls, modern panic rooms are concealed in plain sight. As bathrooms, walk-in wardrobes, complete bedroom suites or home offices.

And the purchasers are changing too. At one time, panic rooms used to be installed almost exclusively by industry titans, royalty or celebrities; not so any longer. Falling prices have fuelled a trend in their installation, and demand is on the increase.

All in all

Our panic rooms or safe rooms are always designed together with our customers. Listening to your individual requirements and working to satisfy your specific needs.

To find out more about installing a panic room in your home using our security walls, contact the Secure House team on Tel: 0207 859 4207. Or email: info@secure-house.co.uk

Source of information: secure-house.co.uk

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