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Rita Ora to install panic room in new £8m London home to help make her feel safe

The singer, who was pictured out in Los Angeles ahead of the release of her new Sigala collaboration You For Me, was left shaken in 2015 when £200,000 of possessions were stolen from her former home in North-West London as she slept upstairs.

But after buying a new six-bedroom Victorian home in the capital earlier this year, she is determined to make it safe and has ordered out a security review to prevent further criminal efforts.

She has applied to the local council for planning permission to replace all security cameras with a more sophisticated hi-tech system and has earmarked two areas that could be used as panic rooms.

Other proposed works include a new shower and dressing room, a fireplace in the master bedroom and the creation of a pantry. But because it is Grade II listed, she has had to run all changes past the authorities.

An official report said: “A full security review was conducted covering the new premises, the potential safeguards that should be in place to enable the client to be at peace while residing at home, happy in the knowledge they are safe.

“Due to her success, her fame, her wealth and exposure to the public and media, this all leaves her open to unknown sinister risks/intentions.

“There are two rooms that can be used as a safe room where the client can go as a last safe haven. The door must be strong with good locks, and whichever room is chosen must have good mobile phone coverage.

“Sadly, the client has been the victim of stalkers, intruders and online fraudsters. Luckily, because of her security measures, all have been neutralised.”

Given Rowan Atkinson and Sam Smith live nearby, having good neighbours looking out for her should also put her mind at ease.


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