The Rich, the Famous and the Burglars


The everyday lives of celebrities are nothing like ordinary. Their daily routines are far from that of an ordinary person. Their material possessions are too many, their properties too vast, their houses too big and extravagant, and their money too much. However, their celebrity status attracts the attention of not just their fans but also that of people with bad intentions. Just like any of us, some celebrities also experience incidents of burglary or some sort of violation of privacy in their own homes. Some of their stories may sound outrageous but it makes us seriously think about just how unsafe our homes can be if we do not have some kind of home security system.

Steve Jobs
A former football player Kariem McFarlin was successful in burglarizing the home of the late Apple CEO Steve Jobs. According to the news McFarlin crept into a garage, found a set of keys and looted the residence. Among the items he took were $60,000 worth of Tiffany & Co. jewelries, several Apple gadgets and the driver’s license of the CEO. Unfortunately, McFarlin was captured the next day using the same technology Jobs helped create.

Nicolas Cage
The Con-Air star woke up one night and saw burglar standing at the door of a bathroom. The funny thing is this man was standing there naked. Cage told reporters “It was two in the morning; I was living in Orange County at the time and was asleep with my wife. My two-year old at the time was in another room. I opened my eyes and there was a naked man wearing my leather jacket eating Fudgesicle in front of my bed.”

LL Cool J
Jonathan Kirby, 56, was also successful in breaking in but failed to get out of the house when the rapper and star of NCIS: Los Angeles busted his nose, jaw and ribs. The LA Times reports that LL Cool J was “upstairs in his home when he heard noise coming from the kitchen area. When he went down to see what was happening, the suspect came at him, leading to a fight.”

Kourtney Kardashian
Famous reality star Kourtney Kardashian and boyfriend Scott Disick arrived at their Calabasas town home only to find out that their home was broken into and expensive jewelries were reportedly taken. A Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department spokesman tells an entertainment news program that the invader made off with around $108,000 of Kourtney’s bling including her $30,000 Cartier watch and Scott’s Rolex.

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These are only few of the rich and famous people who encounter incidents of burglary and theft in their homes. We can continue with the stories of Paris Hilton, Lindsay Lohan and other celebrities. Some of us might not believe these stories and might suspect that it’s all for publicity. However, we can gain insights from them. Being rich and famous doesn’t make anyone safe from burglars and thieves. In some instances, it makes them a more attractive victim. These are people who have their own bodyguards and yet they’ve fallen victim to burglaries and theft. Although people of ill-intention might not be easily attracted to the properties of ordinary people like us, still we are not safe from them. We cannot leave our properties unguarded. We worked hard, harder than those celebrities, to achieve what we have, thus we cannot risk losing them just because we’re hesitant to invest in security and alarm system. Celebrities can easily buy again those that they have lost. Ordinary people, most probably, cannot. Our hard-earned properties are too valuable.

We might not have the financial capacity to employ bodyguards, but we have to realize that we need to invest in a decent home security system. Arming our houses with a security and alarm system makes burglars think twice about their plans. Most probably, those celebrities got the scare of their lives and somehow regretted losing their valuables. Most probably, it could be worse for us ordinary people.