This week, (17/09/14), a man has been jailed for four years after use of an iPhone App helped police track down the thief in 30 minutes. ‘Find-my-iphone’ is an app designed to help phone owners track down their apple devices in the case of theft or loss. All you need is to have installed the application BEFORE losing your iPhone, and then the App can be switched on via web or another Apple device.
Getting burgled can be an incredibly emotionally distressing experience, especially when valuable or sentimental belongings are lost. Earlier this month, we looked at Smart Water as a method of marking your property, increasing the chances of it being returned to you if found by the police. However, if you are not willing to pay for this subscription service, a free alternative fully supported by the police is available in the form of Immobilise.
With recent inspections exposing UK police’s apparent reluctance to investigate high-frequency crime such as burglaries and car theft, it can be no coincidence that the market for DIY home surveillance is growing every day. People are looking for the next best methods or products to keep their homes safe, and today’s latest gadget is the Withings ‘Home’ security device.
The police face new criticism today (4/9/14) as an inspection has disclosed that some forces make little or no effort to investigate high-frequency crimes including burglary, car crimes and criminal damage. Furthermore it was found that several victims of these crimes were encouraged by their local authorities to investigate the crimes themselves, including appealing for witnesses and checking CCTV.