Simon Cowell has splashed out on a £500,000 panic room and personal security following burglars breaking into his £35 million west London home.
“I’ve obviously had to massively increase my personal security at home with every mod con you can imagine, and all this stuff, including a panic room,” said Simon.
“My house basically looks like something out of Raiders of the Lost Ark.”
In December 2015, the music mogul was burgled at the London property he shares with partner Lauren Silverman and their son Eric while the family were sleeping.
Almost a year later a 32-year-old man was charged with the crime, and he was later sentenced to eight years in jail earlier this year. He was identified by a security worker as he fled, with items stolen including a ring, earrings, watches and a diamond bracelet, estimated to be worth £950,000 in total.
Thieves raided The X Factor masterminds pad and cleaned out his safe of cash and jewellery, while the star and family slept in their bed. Cowell’s bodyguard was awoken by an alarm, but the burglars had already fled.
“Now that this guy is in prison, there is an incredible sense of relief,” Simon added. “The whole experience has been pretty traumatising and not something I ever want to go through again.”
“We called in these guys and one of the things they suggested was a baseball bat. I’m not even joking,” he said. “So I literally have a baseball bat ready to go if anyone comes in! What happened was utterly terrifying.
“It is almost irrelevant what he took – that is all just stuff. Jewellery, passports, none of that really matters. What really got to me though was that this guy was walking about in my house when Eric was fast asleep – it doesn’t bear thinking about what could have happened if he had gone into his bedroom, and found him.”
“It is terrifying, and still gives me nightmares.”
DMZ is glad that Simon Cowell can hopefully get some peace in his London home thanks to his panic room. Hopefully this will give him more time to enjoy such activities as bathing his dogs, “I take them on holidays, I let them sleep in the bed and sometimes one gets in the bath with me.”, enjoying his black toilet paper (each roll reportedly costs £9) and his choice of beer Corona!