Rita Ora installs £20k panic room in London home
The ‘I Will Never Let You Down’ hitmaker has now decided to upgrade her security provisions – including the £20,000 safe room – to stop any burglaries from happening again.
A source told the Daily Mail newspaper: “Rita is still incredibly shaken up, and continues to have horrendous nightmares about the burglary. Although the perpetrator is in prison, it has not eased her peace of mind and she has been living in almost constant fear that something similar would happen again.
“Because Rita is in the public eye, she remains a target for thieves so had a security team come in and completely overhaul her personal security. At the press of a button, a huge steel wall slides down from the ceiling blocking her off from any intruders. From here, she can call police and any would-be burglars cannot touch her. It was expensive, but you cannot put a price on safety.”
At the burglar’s court hearing, the recording of Rita’s 999 call was played, where she begged for the police to attend.
She told the operator: “I need you to come now, there is a robber in my house. I’ve just locked myself in my room, my sister saw him in her room. Please send them round now.”
Shouting to the burglar, she then said: “Don’t you come up these stairs. I will f**k you up – you hear me? Oh my God, I don’t have a knife, I know they’re going to come upstairs. What do I do? What do I do? Oh my God – I’m scared to go downstairs.”
Upon hearing the phone call played back, Rita was teary and asked for a moment to compose herself.
She added: “I went to sleep and was woken up by a scream. I was half asleep, then woke up and heard my sister running up the stairs.
“I opened the door … she just ran up the stairs then she jumped on my bed and started screaming.”