Nest’s newest hatchling is a breakthrough, though, because it automatically tracks individuals via facial recognition – similar to video analytics on top-spec security systems costing 10 times the price. It also features a 4K sensor to digitally zoom in on individuals and pans to follow motion, all with unrivalled picture quality for the price.
‘They’re a really good value budget idea,’ says Rick. ‘You could be on holiday anywhere, look at what’s going on at home and call the police. Place the camera to cover outside approaches to the house and catch intruders at the earliest opportunity.’
The Nest Cam IQ costs £299, but ‘cost-effective cameras can be purchased for as little as £150,’ says Rick.
More than two thirds of burglaries go unsolved, according to official police data. But invisible DNA tagging from SelectaDNA (@selectadna) could bring more criminals to justice with a dose of forensic genius. It works by marking possessions with a unique code that shows up under ultraviolet light and is identified as yours under a microscope.
The super-rich are using invisibility in a different way: Hidden Hills is a gated Californian community that has banned Google Street View and attempted to erase its existence from the internet. Described as an ‘urban-scale non-disclosure agreement’ by Geoff Manaugh, author of A Burglar’s Guide To The City. US homeowners are also taking their homes off the grid and generating their own electricity and water for increased privacy.
Rick’s top tip for privacy here is to request a CO1 form from 192.com to remove yourself from their database.
‘Most people don’t realise the personal information that can be accessed for a nominal fee simply by entering your name,’ he says. ‘Download the form, send it back and get taken off.’
Just remember: deter, delay and detect is the name of the game. Top tech could be your greatest crime fighter to help you prevent burglaries and keep your home contents safe.
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Research correct as of April 2018.
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