SECURITY experts have warned all Brits with smart doorbells that they could INCREASE the risk of their home being broken into.
Research from Cranfield University found that the doorbells – which show homeowners via video who is calling – are unlikely to have a “significant impact on home burglary”.
Smart doorbells are internet-connected and have motion sensors, allowing homeowners to monitor who is approaching their home from their phone.
They are designed to ward off potential intruders.
But while the devices were designed to improve security, the researchers said they provide “abundance cues” to a homeowner’s standard of living.
Researchers at the university explained: “Skilled burglars use it to identify objects with possibly higher-value items.”
This is because thieves know that there is no police response associated with smart doorbells.
Burglars also know that there is probably something there that a person wants to protect.
Security experts are instead proposing an alarm system from a brand that burglars know is tantamount to a police response to show there is a higher risk of breaking into that home.
Robin Knox, CEO of Boundary, told Express.co.uk: “Having 24/7 surveillance of your home is impractical.
“It is very likely that you have a recording of someone wearing a mask breaking into your house.
“Unfortunately with a very low probability of being solved as a crime”.
He warned that smart doorbells can also be easily concealed and it may not be obvious that a break-in is taking place.
The expert – who has worked with ex-burglars to develop strong security systems – also stressed that the batteries could be taken out and the homeowner would then have no idea what’s going on.
Mr Knox reiterated the call for Brits to install proper CCTV systems that cover blind spots and call the police if an intruder tries to break into their home.
https://www.thesun.ie/tech/8800681/smart-doorbells-warning-robbery-increase-security/ Brits have warned that smart doorbells could give important clues about what’s in your home and INCREASE the chances of a robbery