Over the past decade, there have been an increasing amount of stories in the news regarding celebrities who have been burglarized. It has turned into a bit of an epidemic in Hollywood. Many people have tried to figure out why so many celebrity burglaries would start to happen all of a sudden. There seems to be a consensus that the proliferation of information on the Internet regarding where celebrities live allows criminals easy access to information that they would not have had years ago. It is also simple to access aerial photos of the homes and properties of celebrities, making it easier for criminals to plan their crimes in advance.
Finally, since most celebrities are on some form of social media, it is not difficult to learn if a celebrity is out of town, making his or her house easier to burglarize. Let’s take a look at six celebrities who have proven themselves to be excellent targets for burglaries:
1. Kourtney Kardashian
In 2009, Kourtney was having dinner with her boyfriend. It was at this time that her Calabasas home was burglarized. The intruder stole a diamond watch made by Cartier and jewelry reported to be worth $30,000. There is a theory that the theft was an inside job because of the fact that the robbers got in and out of the house so fast and the jewelry was stolen very soon after Kourtney’s boyfriend’s grandmother gave it to her.
2. Steve Jobs
The late founder of Apple was a whiz when it came to designing computers and iPods, but apparently not so much when it came to security systems. When his home was in the process of being renovated, an intruder jumped the fence and proceeded to steal many of the gadgets that were inside. However, the criminal certainly did not share Jobs’ intellect. He seemingly did not fully comprehend how some of the gadgets worked. He eventually logged into his own personal iTunes account the following day while he was using one of the gadgets that he stole from the Steve Jobs estate. After he did this, it did not take the San Jose police very long to track him down and arrest him.
3. Paris Hilton
Paris was one of the infamous “Bling Ring” targets. This was a group of teenagers who went around Hollywood and burglarized celebrities. The thieves took a special liking to her home, robbing it a total of five times. The combined value of the five heists was several million dollars’ worth of electronics, cash, jewelry and clothing. She was an easy target due to the fact she left her doors unlocked and did not turn on her security system.
4. Kate Moss
At 4am, a group of burglars jumped her fence and stole three paintings. Kate, her boyfriend and her mother were all home and sleeping at the time.
5. Willem Dafoe
In 2011, a group of thieves broke into his apartment in Rome by climbing on the roof and getting in through a window. They stole jewelry worth several thousand dollars.
6. Kirsten Dunst
Her apartment was broken into by a man who stole her purse. He was found and arrested.
These stories go to show you that no matter how famous you are, it is still possible to get robbed. There is no question that these celebrities could have benefitted from a quality security systems company like Babb Security. Famous people will always be a target for such crimes, especially if they let their guard down.