Kim Kardashian hit the headlines again, but this time for something that you should actually pay attention to. The Keeping Up With The Kardashians star was bound, gagged, and robbed at gunpoint in her Paris apartment. The robbers stole approximately €10mil worth of jewellery, and Kim was left badly shaken, but thankfully unharmed.
The investigation is still in its early stages, but the French police can confirm that this robbery was planned a while ago. There are also reports that Kim was followed by men pretending to be paparazzis before the robbery.
1. Don’t Flaunt Your Wealth On Social Media
Photo credit: theguardian.com
In the Instagram photo above, Kim was flaunting her £3.5m 15-carat Lorraine Schwartz ring. The Kardashians sometimes do that with their expensive belongings. This is a risky action as it clearly marks them as a prime target. Of course everyone knows that celebrities are bound to have expensive accessories on them. Yet it is the action of flaunting it that tells thieves and robbers that these items are currently with you, which will make you an attractive target.
2. Home Security Is Extremely Important
Karl Lagerfeld brought up the fact that Kim was alone in her apartment, surrounded by expensive belongings without her bodyguard or any form of security. Kim’s bodyguard was sent to accompany her sisters, who visited the local night club. No alarm was triggered during the break in.
It’s still always better to take precautions, although you may live in the safest area in the country. Install a home alarm system that will automatically be triggered whenever there’s a break in. You should also have a panic button with you, just in case the burglars manage to bypass the alarm. CCTVs are important as well as footages will be of great help to the police.
3. Be Careful With Location Tags
It’s our way of saying we’ve ‘been there, done that’, but this habit could potentially put us in danger. Never ever geotag your home or the place you’re staying in while you’re there as this will tell burglars your exact location. If you absolutely have to do so, do it after you’ve left the place for a few days. It won’t hurt – and will actually keep you safe – to not reveal your brunch location for a while.
4. Do Not Store Sensitive Information On Your Devices
Besides her jewellery, Kim also lost two of her iPhones during the robbery. This was one of the main things that was highlighted, as many people store personal information and photos on our devices. Thankfully for Kim, iPhone has a Lost Mode which allows the owner to erase information from the phone remotely.
Secure your devices with passcodes (and thumbprint, if available). Do the same for sensitive personal information that are stored in the device, eg. encryption. This could make accessing your devices and files a little more cumbersome, but the extra step is worth it.
5. Get Grade 1 Locks For The Doors
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An ANSI Grade 1 deadbolt lock should be able to withstand 250,000 cycles and 10 door strikes. This is the one thing that separates you from the burglars outside, so it’s best invest in a good quality lock to keep yourself safe.
Prevention is always better than cure. It is definitely worth it to take extra precautions to ensure you and your family’s safety. Hire a security expert to recommend and install a suitable home security system for your house. You should also look into changing all the weak exterior locks to stronger ones as well. At Kaodim, we have a list of security-related home services you can choose from to help you with this.
For your part, please make sure you are aware of your surroundings at all times. Don’t forget to lock your devices and be careful with what you share!
written by Esther Chung