Camera views of all home access points.
Solid-core wood or metal-clad doors with non-removable hinges.
Security film on all accessible windows.
That's just a sampling of the multiple security upgrades the US Capitol Police are recommending for one senator — Republican Mike Crapo — at his homes in Washington, DC, and Idaho Falls, Idaho, according to a recent letter from his campaign lawyers to federal regulators.
"Current events involving concrete threats of physical violence against Members and their families have prompted Members to consider further security measures for themselves and their families," the lawyers wrote. "As has been well-documented in the media, Members and their families continue to endure threats and security breaches…"
The November 18 letter from Crapo's campaign committee lawyers to the Federal Election Commission provides a glimpse of the heightened security measures Capitol Police believe are warranted for one member in the current environment.
The letter underscores how serving in Congress may require living in a fortress as threats of violence against members surge in recent years — the January 6, 2021, attack on the US Capitol the most notable of a series of violent incidents.
The October attack on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's husband, Paul Pelosi, with a hammer at their San Francisco home is a stark reminder of the dangers both members and their families face.
For Crapo's homes, Capitol Police recommend not just an alarm system, but one with video door intercom stations, motion sensors, duress alarms and mobile alarm pendants, according to Crapo's lawyers.
The ideal exterior closed-circuit video system, meanwhile, would provide live monitoring, video recording, and motion and sound detection. And security film on all accessible windows would prevent "surreptitious observation into the residence," they wrote, citing Capitol Police recommendations.
Spokespeople for Crapo and Capitol Police did not immediately respond to a request to comment.
Crapo's lawyers wrote to the FEC because they want to know how to best pay for all of these updates on two homes. They're seeking confirmation that a senator can use campaign funds, under the Federal Election Campaign Act, to cover residential security expenses.
The FEC previously advised lawmakers that certain safety expenditures expenditures aren't considered a personal use of campaign funds — something that's generally illegal — and the commission has in other instances approved similar security upgrades on a case-by-case basis.
But the FEC cautioned in a 2017 advisory that their conclusion may not apply if threats diminish, they noted. Crapo's lawyers wrote, however, that the threat environment since then "has actually worsened."
"The collective threat faced by Members of Congress warrants increased security measures even when an individual Member has not yet received direct threats," they wrote.