Simon Cowell spends £500,000 on protecting his family
Simon Cowell spends £500,000 on panic room and admits he has nightmares about his young son Eric being found by the man who burgled them.
Simon admitted he lives in fear following the crime – which saw Darren February jailed for eight years earlier this year.
So to prevent another break-in, he has spent an estimated £500,000 on in-house security including alarms, a baseball bat and a panic room. Other provisions are understood to include CCTV, light and heat motion sensors, security guards, electronic fences and alarms.
‘Now that this guy is in prison, there is an incredible sense of relief,’ Simon, told the Mail. ‘The whole experience has been pretty traumatising and not something I ever want to go through again.
'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. My house basically looks like something out of Raiders of the Lost Ark.
‘We called in these guys and one of the things they suggested was a baseball bat. I’m not even joking. So I literally have a baseball bat ready to go if anyone comes in!’
He added: ‘What happened was utterly terrifying. It is almost irrelevant what he took – that is all just stuff. Jewellery, passports, none of that really matters.
Simon said: '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.’