Smart doorbells are ‘prosperity signals’ that can INCREASE the chance of a burglary, experts warn
- Experts say the doorbells are used to target properties with high-quality items
- Cranfield University research showed that burglars can hack the technology
- Smart doorbell provider insists the device help people protect their home
Having a smart doorbell can increase the chances of burglary, experts warn.
They said the doorbells, which are connected to the Internet and use video to show homeowners who is calling, are unlikely to have a “ significant effect on home burglaries. ”
The devices are designed to improve security, but researchers at Cranfield University near Bedford concluded that they gave ‘prosperity characteristics’ to a homeowner’s standard of living, adding,’ Experienced burglars use these to identify properties with possibly more high-quality items. ‘
Cranfield University researchers concluded that they give burglars ‘prosperity signals’
The investigation showed that burglars could also hack the technology. Cybersecurity expert Duncan Hodges, who led the investigation, said: “Experienced burglars are very good at detecting signals on the outside of property … working with a supply of laptops. If you have a smart device, you have a better chance of getting high-tech.
“If you’re using it as a security device, I’d suggest that the money should be spent elsewhere.”
But a smart doorbell provider said customers insisted that the devices “ help them protect their homes. ”