Warning over Christmas home burglary spike

Christmas period has the highest home burglary rate of the year.

The festive season often includes the visits of family and friends to the home, but it is also the period in which the rate of break-ins rises by up to 20%1. Last year, with 37,492 home burglaries, December 2016 was the month with the highest rate of home burglary in the UK.

Not everyone is equal when it comes to the possibility of being burgled. Homes in England and Wales are affected the most, with 1 out of every 67 in 20162.
Living in poorly maintained areas also increases the risk of suffering a home burglary by 5.4%3, while the chance of a home burglary increases by 6.8% for single-parents families3.
But it’s not all doom and gloom. Home owners can adopt effective measures to reduce these risks. One of the most effective is the installation of security cameras, which can reduce the risk by up to 90%4.
Embedded with Artificial Intelligence, the new generation of smart security cameras can detect unusual activity and automatically report back to the homeowner. These technologies are game changers in the security market as they offer a superb range of possibilities: from scaring-off intruders, to helping the police identify criminals, to even catching a home burglar red-handed.

Security cameras for your peace of mind

Netatmo’s Presence and Welcome, are a new breed of smart
security cameras that bring home safety to a new level.
Presence, the outdoor security camera, distinguishes between people, cars and animals. The camera analyses in real-time if someone loiters around the home, if a car enters the driveway or if a pet is in the yard. It understands what it sees and notifies homeowners via a smartphone app if something is detected in the monitored area.
The smart floodlight of the camera can be manually switched on directly in the app or can be set to light up when it detects a person, car or animal – or for all three – helping to deter any unwanted visitors during the night.
Welcome, the indoor security camera, also alerts users on their smartphone about intruders.
Instead of the usual motion alerts that require users to waste time watching the entire captured footage, Welcome sends a notification saying that an intruder has been detected in the user’s home, complete with a picture of their face and a video of the intruder.

Price and availability

Netatmo Presence is available at Amazon, John Lewis, Dixons and Argos. It retails for £249.99. Netatmo Welcome is available at Amazon, John Lewis, Dixons and Argos and retails for £199.99.
The Netatmo Security App is entirely free. It is compatible with iPhones featuring iOS9, Android 4.3 and above. The Netatmo Security App controls Presence and Welcome. The Security web-App is also available on PC and Mac.
1. UK Crime Stats « http://www.ukcrimestats.com/National_Picture/ » 14/11/17.
2. The Daily Express « http://www.express.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/626974/Christmas-burglaries-most-likely-to-happen-December-17-and-18 » 15/12/15.
3. The Crime Prevention Website« https://thecrimepreventionwebsite.com/home-security-assessment/470/burglary-risk/ » 14/11/17.
4. Locked Home « https://www.lockedhome.co.uk/2017/08/22/houses-cctv-90-less-likely-burgled/ » 22/08/17.

Outdoor security camera with people, car and animal detection

Indoor security camera with face recognition

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