Can smart home security measures prevent burglaries? Ring claims 100 arrests from video doorbell

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In a smart move designed to promote its video doorbell system, smart home security company Ring has just released video footage captured by its device of burglars caught in the act.

Using footage from Ring video doorbells as criminal evidence, it claims that police have made approximately 100 arrests in the past year.

Suffolk Police recently captured prolific career criminal, Neil Charles, attempting to break into a family home on a Ring doorbell ,sentencing him to four years in prison as a result.

Ring Video Doorbell preventing crime from Mark Dickens on Vimeo.

Nor is it just potential burglars who are caught on camera, says Ring, which recently released footage of a ‘killer clown’ showing his scary face on a Ring video doorbell in the US.

killer clown caught on Ring Video Doorbell from Mark Dickens on Vimeo.

The claim that video doorbells can help prevent crime coincides with the announcement that 100,000 UK homes are now fitted with a Ring video camera – giving homeowners access to live footage from their doorstep wherever they are in the world.

Supported by Crimestoppers and accredited by police crime prevention initiative, Secured by Design, the Ring Video Doorbell is, it seems, helping police departments in the fight against doorstep crime.

Says Rodger Holden, director of business development, Crimestoppers:

“Camera-based devices, such as those provided by Ring, can play an important part in crime detection and prevention. We are thrilled that Ring is supporting our efforts to reduce crime and make our communities safer.”

The wi-fi connected doorbell creates an ‘always home’ experience by enabling residents to see, hear and speak to anyone at their door from a smartphone, tablet or PC, from anywhere in the world. Using the Ring app, users receive instant alerts when the doorbell is pressed or motion is detected.

Ring recently introduced a new model to its line up, the Ring Doorbell 2, which features improved 1080p video recording as well as better nightvision. It’s available for approximately £179 at Selfridges, John Lewis, Argos, Maplin, Amazon and Ring.com.

You can read our review of the Ring Doorbell I here.

Ring Video Doorbell 2 Features
– Removable, rechargeable battery pack
– 1080p HD video
– Two-way audio
– Can connect to existing doorbell
– 180-degree horizontal motion detection angle
– 160-degree field of view
– Compatible with 802.11 b/g/n (2.4GHz)
– Improved night vision
– Lifetime purchase protection
– New, sleek design
– Interchangeable faceplates

 

Chris Price