The Biggest Celebrity Break-Ins of 2017 (And What You Can Learn From Them)
From breakups to break-ins, the paparazzi captured all the highs and lows of 2017—including the aftermath of some of the most costly celebrity robberies. Multiple Hollywood stars made headlines as their homes were robbed and thieves made off with millions of dollars in valuables. Here’s what you can learn from their mistakes.
With so many high-profile break-ins this last year, it begs the question: what security measures are in place and is it enough?
Who was robbed?
Derek Fisher was robbed in January, and thieves made off with $300,000 in jewelry and NBA Championship rings. February was a painful month for celebrity robberies. Nicki Minaj had at least $175,000 of jewelry stolen from her home. Alanis Morissette was also a victim and lost over 2 million dollars in jewelry. Nick Young was robbed of a half million in valuables when his home was broken into, and LA Dodger Yasiel Puig lost jewelry and multiple watches when his home was robbed.
Thieves targeted Kendall Jenner and Emmy Rossum in March. Both stars lost cash and jewelry when they were robbed. Like February, May was a big month for celebrity break-ins. Hollywood stars David Spade, A$AP Rocky, Amber Rose, and Scott Disick were all robbed and lost hundreds of thousands of dollars collectively. And as the year wrapped up, both Hilary Duff and Kelly Clarkson were robbed too.
Security tips for the rich & famous (that you can use, too)
Add additional safety measures inside the home
Most celebrities have security systems, cameras, and guards protecting their homes. But monitored security systems only keep people from getting inside. If burglars bypass the security system—which they often do—celebrities and other high-profile people need additional safety measures to protect their valuables inside the house.
Once a burglar is inside, they have between eight and twelve minutes to get in and out. Because most people keep valuables in the master bedroom, burglars almost always head there first. People should avoid keeping cash, jewelry, and other valuables in the master bedroom and secure expensive items elsewhere if there is enough room in the house.
It goes without saying that expensive items should be locked in a safe, but even that isn’t enough protection. Nick Young from the LA Lakers had his entire safe stolen from his house in 2017. Robbers grabbed the safe and cracked it offsite. Celebrities should consider bolting the entire safe to the floor, making it harder for burglars to steal it in a time crunch. Also, hide valuables in sneaky ways. It may seem ridiculous to keep cash in a feminine hygiene box, but that’s the last place thieves are likely to look.
Post cautiously to social media
Celebrities are in the spotlight all the time, making it easy for thieves to see where they are and what they are doing. Thieves who target high-profile people also know when big celebrity events, like the Golden Globes or Grammys, are scheduled. It may seem like common sense, but don’t post to social media while you’re currently out or “check in” in real time. As a safety precaution, always wait until after the event to post photos as a way to stay safe and secure.
Check your home yourself
Celebrities should not solely rely on others to keep their homes safe. More than half of home robberies are never solved, and only 21% of burglary calls result in fingerprint testing. As such, securing your home from the inside out is essential.