Ocean’s 11 Style Gang Defies Celebrity Home Security Systems
We all loved it when Danny Ocean (George Clooney) and his gang of loveable hoodlums got away with the goods from the hotel safe in the Hollywood hit movie, Ocean’s 11. Even better we liked the fact that the loot was taken out from under the nose of the spiteful Terry Benedict (Andy Garcia) who happened to be treating our girl, Tess (Julia Roberts) with near abusive behavior. We applauded with glee each time one of the gang members skillfully breached the hotel’s home security system.
But as is often the case when crimes are made into acceptable, almost glamorous activities especially when heart throbs like Brad Pitt play the bad guys, the movie set off a series of Ocean’s 11 type burglaries in the neighborhoods of the rich and famous a few years after it was released.
The real life burglaries that began to take place happened in the elite Beverly Hills areas of Los Angeles and were perpetrated by a gang of criminals working in cooperation to terrorize and rob some of the city’s most famous celebrities and tycoons.
In 2007 the LAPD announced that the gang of two, maybe three intruders forced entry into Brentwood, Beverly Hills and Bel-Air homes. They made off with over $7 million in jewelry, cash and books. The actual names of the all the victims were kept hush-hush, but there was some information made public.
Duran Duran guitarist, John Taylor and his wife, Gela Nash-Taylor reported a safe being stolen from their home. The mansion of Faith Hill and Tim McGraw was targeted while they were out of town. $500,000 worth of cash and goods were taken from the home of basketball star, Cuttino Mobley. The home of the former head of Paramount Pictures, Sherry Lansing was hit along with a top executive from the Disney-ABC Television Group.
The burglars were careful to leave very little evidence on the scene to allow the police to track them. Video surveillance cameras at an Encino estate captures images of two muscular, well-built men for a brief instant that was not enough to reveal their identities. The prowlers target unoccupied homes with an exceptional level of knowledge and sophistication.
Home security systems can be custom designed to outsmart even the wiliest criminal mind. The best security companies can assess your premises and determine the ultimate methods of protecting your family and property using state-of-the-art technology. They are familiar with the way a burglar thinks and know how to sidestep even their most determined efforts to breach your security.