Driven by recommendations from the Connecticut state police, Governor Dannel Malloy's administration recently invested more than $250,000 into the governor's Hartford mansion security system, according to a report by the Hartford Courant. While there are a number of reasons to upgrade the protection of the governor and his home, one of the main factors is that there have been multiple intrusions to the back of the property since Malloy became governor.
"We hadn't done any major security updates since 2006, so it was time to review the whole system," Connecticut Department of Administrative Services Commissioner Donald DeFronzo said, according to the news source. "The state police did a threat assessment and made recommendations on what needed to be improved."
The budget included more than $65,000 for surveillance cameras installed throughout the property, as well as more than $40,000 for several locksmith additions to gates around the premises, the news source reported. Installing a new security system was also important because Malloy lives in the mansion full time and also hosts non-profit events on the real estate more often than prior governors.
"This governor seems to be using the residency for state business purposes far more than any recent governor," DeFronzo said, according to the Hartford Courant. "We have probably tripled or quadrupled the use of the residency for business. It is somewhat a unique building because it is not only the residence, but it is also an historic site and a public venue."
A separate report by IMS Research noted that many buildings operating across industries are updating perimeter security systems to ensure valuable assets are kept out of the hands of malicious individuals. Thermal imaging surveillance cameras, in particular, are becoming more commonly deployed throughout large buildings in an attempt to boost security during inclement weather.