Since the early 2000s panic rooms have garnered a renewed interest in homes around the world. This interest can be put down to increased media exposure, including the 2002 movie, directed by David Fincher and starring Jodie Foster. It can also be put down to the current world we live in, with people seemingly more afraid than ever of intrusion and theft.
However, while Panic Rooms are often mentioned in the media, most people still view them as exclusively for the rich and famous. It is true that the bullet-proof fortresses we see on television cost a huge sum of money, but more realistic safe rooms are a valid option for all of us. In a real world situation, the primary function of a panic room is to buy you enough time to call for help. This can be achieved without a full command centre at your disposal, instead a simple room that can slow an intruder down longer enough should be enough.
As stated, the most important aspect at play is time. Your panic room needs to gift you enough time to successfully call for help, be it from the police, neighbours or elsewhere. Unless you do have the vast amount of money required to construct an impenetrable safe room, chances are anybody with enough patience, tools and knowledge can gain access to your room given enough time. The point is to make the time it takes to gain entry longer than the time it takes to summon help.
Choose a room with a single entry point and then fortify the door with a series of locking mechanisms like strike plates and deadbolts. There are many locks on the market and it is important to make this entry point as secure as possible, as this will be the only thing separating you from a potentially dangerous intruder.