Homeowners turning to safe rooms for protection from violence

(Photo Provided/Matt Wharf)

PITTSBORO, Ind. (WISH) — The chaos that happened in the San Bernardino shooting¬†has people wondering what they can do to protect themselves.

And some, even in central Indiana, are going to the extreme to protect their families.

They’re having safe rooms built. They used to be strictly for protection from extreme weather. But with more and more mass shootings and increasing violence in Indianapolis, some are using them for self-defense.

“They can protect their families from burglaries, intruders, (that) kind of a refuge, ” said Matt Wharff, the owner of Pittsboro-based Superior Storm Shelters & Safe Rooms. “It’s increased (purchasing safe rooms) over the last couple years.

The company’s website is geared towards those seeking protection from weather, but he says they’re receiving calls for all types of attacks

“The husband is the one pursuing it to put firearms in and seek refuge from intruders. It’s mainly for something that happens quick, (so) you can quickly be able to access it,” said Wharff

The rooms are customizable. Some of the doors weigh 1,000 pounds. They’re also fireproof and bulletproof.

Some homeowners have even had their homes built around them.

“We built about five or six just this summer into the internal part of the home. Some of the people who were building homes had them built into their homes so they can get down into it without having to go out into their garage or seek refuge anywhere else,” said Wharff.

In addition to the safe houses, Wharff says he’s also getting calls for bulletproof windows.

Some of these safe rooms can house over 20 people, but they aren’t cheap. Some base models are going for as high as $10,000.

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