Smart home security device has led to approximately 100 police arrests of doorstep criminals and provides peace of mind to residents
London, UK – 20 September 2017 – Ring, the leader in outdoor smart home security, today announced that 100,000 UK homes are now fitted with a Ring Video Doorbell – giving homeowners access to live footage from their doorstep wherever they are in the world.
Providing a ring of security around neighbourhoods, the Ring Video Doorbell has been safeguarding homeowners from the threat of doorstep and vehicle crime since its UK launch in July 2016.
Supported by Crimestoppers and accredited by police crime prevention initiative, Secured by Design, the Ring Video Doorbell is significantly aiding police forces in the fight against doorstep crime. Using footage from Ring Video Doorbells as criminal evidence, police have made approximately 100 arrests in the past year. Suffolk Police recently captured a prolific career criminal, Neil Charles, attempting to break into a family home on a Ring doorbell and he has been sentenced to four years in prison.
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. As a preventative security measure, Ring’s two-way audio and high resolution video image, day or night, also stores footage, a vital component to the success of police investigations.
The widespread adoption of Ring Video Doorbells in UK homes is testament to the rising demand to increase home and neighbourhood security. As the smart home market takes off, security is a major driver for smart home spend, with 74% of Europeans claiming they worry about their home while they are away.
Rodger Holden, director of business development, Crimestoppers, says, “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.”
Jamie Siminoff, founder and chief inventor of Ring says “With Ring, UK homeowners can keep an eye on their property when they’re not at home and conveniently communicate with family members and doorstep visitors through smartphones. Not only are customers able to intercept burglars before they enter a property, but criminals are thinking twice at the mere sight of a Ring device.”
To see a selection of real life burglars in action captured on a Ring Video Doorbell, click here: https://vimeo.com/234298435
Ring Video Doorbell 2 is now available for RRP £179 at Selfridges, John Lewis, Argos, Maplin and Amazon and Ring.com.
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
Ring’s mission is to reduce crime in neighbourhoods by creating a Ring of Security around homes and communities with its affordable, DIY smart home security products. With these security devices, Ring has created the neighbourhood watch for the digital age and continues to keep homes around the world safe. For more information, visit www.ring.com. With Ring, you’re always home.
- Crimestoppers is an independent charity which helps the police to solve crimes, making communities safer. It does this by operating the 24/7 telephone number 0800 555 111 which people can ring to pass on information about crimes anonymously. They can also use our Anonymous Online Form.
- Around 14 people are arrested and charged every day as a result of information given to Crimestoppers.
- Since Crimestoppers began in 1988, it has received over 1.8 million actionable calls, resulting in more than 140,000 arrests and charges. More than £135 million worth of stolen goods has been recovered and over £340 million worth of illegal drugs has been seized.
- In 2005, Crimestoppers launched the UK’s Most Wanted on its website which allows the public to view images of criminals and pass on vital information about their whereabouts. It has been highly successful, with over 4,000 arrests to date.
- Crimestoppers UK was founded by Lord Ashcroft, KCMG PC, Chairman of Trustees. In 1988, he launched Crimestoppers in the Metropolitan Police area. Crimestoppers’ ‘call to action’ is built on a three-way partnership between the business community, the police and the media.