Written by contributor Wale Olaogun for Iron Security
Here at Iron Security, we love making sure that your home is as secure as possible to protect your family and your belongings in your home. We also love movies that have unique security systems. So we’re taking a look at 5 movies with the most memorable security systems.
In the movie Home Alone, a young man named Kevin must protect himself and his home from the “Wet Bandits”. Although his home didn’t have a home security system, Kevin was able to protect himself with various traps and tricks. Some of the traps included: Iced-over steps, a soapy ladder, falling bricks and swinging paint cans, broken glass ornaments and my favorite: a giant tarantula for scaring one of the bandits. Even though there were a few close calls, Kevin manages to keep his home safe protected.
Very entertaining, but Kevin’s make shift security system would do very little to deter thieves from entering the home. On the other hand, all the ruckus and noise inside the house might alert Kevin’s neighbors.
– Protection rating: 2 out of 5 stars
In the 2002 thriller, Panic Room, a single mother and her daughter move into a new home for a fresh start. But they soon find out that their home holds some secrets that others really want. The main movie is focused around a panic room, which is a fortified part of a house or building that is for emergencies. The security system that was a part of the panic room included: video monitoring, a separate telephone line, a PA system, concrete and steel floors and walls, and thick steel door that is ballistics proof.
The actual room was never broken into, making it truly the safest room and area in the house.
– Protection rating: 4 out of 5 stars
The Purge starts off with a very interesting idea where for one night in the United States, all crime is legal. The main character James and the rest of the Sandins’ family have to survive the night from Purgers, neighbors, and the stranger that made his way into their home. In the movie, James is a salesman who deals in home security systems, including the one equipped in his home. His system includes: metal plating that surround the home, video monitoring services including a robotic doll on an RC car that has a video camera embedded in it, an impressive arsenal of weapons in a secured gun cage, and a nice control system to watch all of the activities that are occurring outside the home.
James later admits that the security system is just a deterrent when the power is cut and the system is rendered useless. No backup battery system to keep everything running until power is restored. That’s terrible in a security system.
– Protection rating: 2 out of 5 stars
Man on a Ledge
Nick Cassidy is on a mission to clear his name of stealing a $40 Million diamond by standing on a hotel ledge in New York. Crazy premise for a movie, but it makes a lot of sense as the story plays out. Nick enlists the help of his brother and his girlfriend to steal the diamond from the man who framed him, David Englander. Unfortunately, stealing the diamond will not be an easy task because his security system that houses the diamond includes a top notch video surveillance system, thermal sensors, key pads for entry areas, security patrol, pressure-sensitive floor tiles, and biometric measures for opening certain vaults.
Honestly, Englander has the best security system out of all of the movies reviewed, with a ton of different monitoring options that would deter most thieves. Unfortunately, his ego is what eventually gets him caught. I mean seriously, who walks around with a $40 Million diamond? Keep it in the vault where it belongs.
– Protection rating: 5 out of 5 stars
The Italian Job
A remake from the original film from 1969, this story of stolen gold, a double-cross, and Mini Coopers, this movie also contains a pretty solid security system as a plot line to the story. The main protagonist Steve double-crossed Charlie Croker and his crew and made his home in Los Angeles with the stolen gold. When Croker founds out where Steve is, they plan to steal the gold back. Steve’s home security system contains: on-premises security gate and guard, video monitoring through out the house, and 2 pit bulls. All of that to protect a safe with nearly $27 Million in Gold in it.
Steve’s home is pretty secure, although simply taking out the cable line to his home was enough to get a “technician” from the cable company to visit to fix the downed TV and internet connection. But having the guard station is a really nice touch.
– Protection rating: 3 out of 5 stars
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