Architectural Based Security (ABS) is the Science of Fortifying Properties

ABS protects occupants the same way safes protect valuables. In addition to the fortification of a safe, ABS accommodates the human condition which requires considerations such as air quality, situational awareness and others depending upon the extent of protection required. In addition to protection, advanced ABS systems provide a level of control and convenience far beyond those of traditional home automation systems. SAFE's president, Al V. Corbi, founded the concept of Architectural Based Security while in college, advanced ABS' theories during his 23-year career with the U.S. Department of Justice and has perfected ABS' capabilities throughout its 47-years of development- and the resulting science is impressive. Today's advanced technologies coupled with SAFE's intellectual property have recently produced a private ABS protective environment that is grand in scale, aesthetically magnificent and capable of protecting against any and all natural and man-made threats. This world-class residence is capable of protecting its occupants in abject comfort for 30+ years, completely independent from the rest of society. It is this extreme degree of protection and Peace of Mind that has made ABS a staple in the planning and construction of important residential structures globally.

Another very important aspect of ABS is its scalability. The principles of ABS have been applied to traditional homes as successfully as those protecting heads of state and captains of industry. See:

This was a test study in which Oprah Winfry budgeted $1,500 for a SAFE ABS system and SAFE was able to provide that system for $1,300.

From burglary level protection to Beyond Bond, ABS is the most effective and essential component in an overall security plan.

The following is a historic overview of the evolution of Architectural Based Security from its early origins to today's perfected systems.


SHELTER - 35,000 years ago

STEP 1-  The earliest known cave paintings are at least 35,000 years old providing a good indication of when man started to rely on protective "hardened" shelters.

HARDENING - 8,000 years ago

STEP 2-  Hardening evolved over the next 30,000 years through to the Mesopotamians who built the earliest pyramidal structures, called ziggurats, in ancient times. The most famous pyramids are the Egyptians- some of which are among the world's largest constructions and endure to this day as examples of advanced hardening techniques. 

PERIMETER PROTECTION - 4,000 years ago

STEP 3-  Moats are ditches filled with water, that surround castles, fortification, building or town, historically to provide a preliminary line of defense.  Some of the earliest evidence of moats has been uncovered around ancient Egyptian castles. Great Britain is replete to this day with examples of the effectiveness of well thought out perimeter protection.

Modern Day Contributions


STEP 4- While hidden passageways are as old as the first caves and have been refined throughout time, it is their modern-day marvels of craftsmanship and ingenuity that form an important part of today's advanced protective systems. 


STEP 5- The first CCTV system was installed by Siemens AG in Nazi Germany in 1942, for observing the launch of V-2 rockets. In the U.S. the first commercial closed-circuit television system became available in 1949, called Vericon. And while access control and many other electronic components in today's security systems do not share the same documented origins as the first CCTV camera system, they are all less than 100-years old.


STEP 6- There are thousands of tactical responses available and practical for residential security, both offensive and defensive. The goal is to pair the proper level of reponse with the threat in order to neutralize the threat- no more and no less.


STEP 7- The advent of the cell phones ushered-in the ability to communicate with and assist in the protection of loved-ones and property in real-time regardless of the Client's global position. This has been a quantum leap for protective systems.


STEP 8- Touch pads provided the necessary additional surface area needed to review and interact with site and floor plans.


STEP 9- SAFE is an expert at designing advanced protection systems and the management of their implementations. SAFE is a master integrator. By combining the essential 8-components of a fully integrated security solutions:

-Shelter Design


-Perimeter Detection/Protection

-Hidden Passages/Mantraps

-Surveillance & Access Control

-Tactical Response



SAFE provides advanced protection with little if any sign of its existence which is a critical factor for both aesthetics and security considerations.