Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi have severely upgraded their home security after a burglary earlier this month.
TMZ reports that the couple has made a "slew of security improvements" to their multimillion dollar mansion. The improvements resemble that of top government buildings, as laser sensors and cameras surround the entire property. The women have also hired a new security company and armed guards now patrol the grounds.
The Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office confirmed that someone broke into the Montecito, Calif., mansion on July 4 and stole valuable watches and jewelry. However, no video exists of the crook, who is believed to have gained entry via a back door.
TMZ now reports that Ellen and Portia were inside the home at the time of the burglary, but it's not known if they had any contact with the thief or thieves. The women were not harmed during the crime.
Authorities believe that Ellen's home was targeted due to her celebrity status.
Whether this is connected to other burglaries involving celebrities remains to be seen, but local authorities are working with surrounding law enforcement agencies to see if there are similarities in the crimes.
Ellen has been broadcasting her eponymous daytime talk show from the home amid the coronavirus pandemic.