A quick guide to home security

Cocoon Labs

Here at Cocoon we get a lot of questions from our community and people interested in getting a home security system. Finding answers to basic home security questions can be difficult and often people can be unsure where to start, so we’ve created this home security guide makes it easier for you to find what you need.

What is home security?

Protecting your home used to be a simple case of locking your front door and closing the windows before you left home each morning. Throughout the last century, as criminals have gotten smarter, and their techniques more sophisticated, home security technology has had to keep pace by getting more comprehensive. Unfortunately, this has also meant it has become more complicated and expensive. From window bars to Police-connected alarm systems, door bolts to CCTV, home security systems have made it harder for criminals to get away with burglary and theft, but the cost of protecting what you care about most has increased.

Traditional home security is so expensive that only around 70% of homes in the UK have an installed home alarm system. This is a problem, as over 650,000 UK families are victims of break-ins each year, with the average cost of a burglary being in excess of £2,800.

Smart Home Security System with man in house

Why is home security important?

  • The average burglary takes 10 minutes, which is 2 minutes quicker than the average UK Police response time
  • Over 650,000 homes are broken into each year in the UK
  • 99% of UK homeowners say feeling secure at home is important to them
  • 70% of UK homes do not have a home security system installed
  • 35% of homes in the UK leave their windows open when they are out
  • Only 10% of UK burglaries result in a conviction by the Police

What is smart home security?

When you think about ‘home security’, this may conjure up images of installing strong door locks, home alarm systems and bars on your windows. Until very recently that had been true, securing your home would have involved complicated, expensive installation of motion sensors, a control panel, and sirens both inside and outside of your house.

Securing your home doesn’t have to mean expensive or complex installation of sensors, CCTV Cameras, or expensive contracts. New, smarter home security technologies like Cocoon have made it home security simpler and more affordable.

Why is Cocoon so different?

Home security has never been smarter or simpler to use. Cocoon is an all-in-one home security system that’s powered by AI, that cleverly uses sound detection to cover multiple rooms in your house or apartment. This means you no longer need to install sensors in each room, worry about expensive monthly contracts or even remember to set it when you leave home!

Cocoon’s multi-room protection is powered by Subsound® technology. This powerful AI system learns about your home to better protect it, detecting intruders by the sounds they make, and letting you know if anything unusual happens while you’re away. Click here to find out how Subsound technology could help protect your home.
Smart Home Security System on kitchen window shelf in home

How to secure your home without installing a home security system

Aside from installing a burglar alarm system, there is a range of ways to make your home safer.

Home security systems have, until recently, been notoriously expensive and difficult to install. Having an electronic home security device protecting your home is a great way to detect and prevent intruders while you’re out living your life, but there are also home simple things you should do to better secure your home and reduce your risk of being one of the 650,000+ homes broken into each year in the UK.

Free – No cost other than your time

  • DON’T leave your valuables on display for the world to see. Most burglaries are opportunist thefts, unplanned.
  • DON’T post your holiday snaps on social media like Facebook, Instagram or Twitter until you get home. Sharing your travel habits risks letting potential intruders know you’re not home.
  • DON’T leave a spare key hidden outside of your home. Just because you think it’s hidden doesn’t mean an experienced thief won’t find it. We’d recommend leaving a spare key with a trusted local friend or neighbour.
  • DO keep your garden tidy. Overgrown trees and bushes make it easier for criminals to go unnoticed while trying to gain access to your home.
  • DO lock your windows and doors when you leave home, even if you’re popping out for just a couple of minutes. 30% of home intruders gain access to the property through an unlocked door or window.
  • DO lock away ladders in your home or garden shed to prevent unwanted guests climbing in through open upstairs windows.
  • DO breakdown your packaging and dispose of it carefully when you make big electronics purchases. Especially in the winter months, empty television, games console, and other such electronics packaging left next to your bin act like a giant neon sign for would-be thieves.

Little cost – Big impact

  • DO install security lighting outside of your home. Motion sensor security lighting outside of your home can reduce your risk of burglary in the long winter nights by scaring off potential intruders before they get to the exterior of your home.
  • DO install timers inside your home on lights or music systems to give the impression that the property is occupied by living, breathing human beings, even when you’re actually away from the home.
  • DO try smart plugs to turn on appliances if you are delayed in returning home or have to stay away from home outside of your normal daily pattern.

What security system should I get?

Whether you live in an apartment or traditional two-story house, making sure you select the right home security system is no longer such a complicated process.

We recommend a smart home security system, such as Cocoon, to supplement any security measures you have installed; not only because it connects to your home when you’re away, but also because the connected camera built into Cocoon records what happens during an event such as a break in.

Why Install A Traditional Home Security?

Traditional home security systems that use door, window and motion detectors placed within rooms offer a degree of comfort at a cost. Installation fees and monthly subscription charges are common with these services, and they are typically complicated to install and use – with passcodes required to activate the device each time you leave the house or go to bed at night.

The service itself can be connected to a call centre at an additional charge, but often you’re faced with little more than a ringing alarm if an intruder breaks into your home.

Why Smart Home Security?

‘Smart’ home security systems now connect your smartphone to the device in your home, so you get alerts if something unusual happens while you’re away from home. This is an improvement on the traditional home security systems and typically these home security devices have a built-in camera to record intruders should they enter the room that the device is placed in.

The weak point of most of these smart home security systems is the limited coverage of the devices. As many systems use the camera to detect intruders, the services rely on the intruder walking in the field of view of the camera in order to trigger an alert. The smart home security devices may be easier to install, with some plug and play options available, however, some of the older or less user-friendly systems require a ‘hub’ to be installed as well as separate sensors and cameras.

The cost of using one device is typically less than that of a traditional home security system, but as they are limited to essentially protecting a single room, multiple devices are needed to cover more of the home and this can become quite expensive.

Why Cocoon Smart Home Security?

Cocoon makes home security simple by removing the hassle most other home security systems suffer from. Installation takes seconds, with the all-in-one Cocoon device only requiring mains power, the smartphone app, and your home WiFi password to set itself up.

Each Cocoon contains a HD camera, loud siren, and Subsound® multi-room protection technology, so there’s no need to install any window, door, or motion sensors.

Cocoon’s unique Subsound technology works by detecting the sound waves created by intruders, protecting multiple rooms in your home, not just the room you place it in. All of this is controlled by a smart AI that learns about your home over time to better protect you and your home, without you having to do anything.
Smart Home Security System with man on wooden table

How much does a home security system cost?

The cost of home security systems vary depending on the type of home security system you plan to install in your home.

Smart home security system such as Cocoon can cost as little as £159 and offer a high degree of coverage, protection, and value. Traditional home security alarm systems that use a loud siren to deter intruders and require multiple sensors installed throughout the property range from £800 – £1,500 and often require monthly subscription payments as well as professional installation. A traditional home security system with an ARC monitored police response system range from £1,500 – £2,500, but some smart home security systems now offer Police response and CCTV recording either as standard or at a small additional monthly cost.

Is it worth installing a ‘dummy’ alarm box?

No. Most ‘professional’ thieves can distinguish between a functional alarm system and a fake alarm box installed on the outside of your home. Even purchasing a branded alarm system box from eBay may not be enough to deter a would-be intruder as there are often in and out of your home before the Police arrive.

Where can I get more information on home security systems and alarms?

The Cocoon blog contains a wealth of information about home security so we’d recommend taking a look through our previous posts if you have questions on a range of home security topics. Aviva, the UK’s largest home insurer, has information about many risk control topics, including intruder alarms which you can access here. And finally, the NSI and SSAIB also have websites containing information on home safety and home security.

Where can I find reviews about Cocoon?

We think there’s no more reliable review than that of an actual customer. Someone who has used the product over a period of time and can give honest, credible feedback on how it performed. This is why we’d recommend that for home security reviews. Look no further than customer reviews on Amazon and services like TrustPilot for a trustworthy and frank review of Cocoon and other products in the home security market.


Resources and statistics:

  • Home security is 43rd on the list of things we think about when moving house.  
    A further 64 percent admit they don’t have much outside lighting, 57 percent don’t have any trusted neighbours to keep an eye on the property and 73 percent don’t think to put lights and radios on timers when they go away.
    Nigel Fisher continues: “According to the Home Office, figures have highlighted that you are almost twice as likely to be burgled in the first 12 months of being in a new home, so security should be at the forefront of people’s minds when moving.
  • A RECKLESS 70 per cent of Brits don’t have a burglar alarm in their home, according to new research.
    Over one in ten regularly go out without locking windows and doors.
  • Half a million people had their houses burgled over the past year.
  • Most criminals can burglarize a home in less than ten minutes.
  • Office National Statistics:
    • Police force area recorded crime data reveal that a large proportion of burglary offences are concentrated in a few predominantly urban areas. The Metropolitan Police along with Greater Manchester, West Yorkshire and West Midlands police forces consistently account for over 40% of domestic burglaries and around 35% of all burglaries recorded by the police.
    • in incidents of domestic burglary in a dwelling where the offender entered the dwelling, the offender gained entry through a door around 70% of the time and through a window around 30% of the time
    • around 70% of domestic burglaries in dwellings take place during the week (equivalent to 16% per weekday) and around 30% take place during the weekend (equivalent to 12% per weekend day)
  • Every year, there are over 1 million burglaries and attempted burglaries.
  • A burglary takes place every 40 seconds in the UK. Around 75% of burglars use a door of which 3% were open. Every year around 1 Million burglaries and attempted burglaries are reported, meaning there are probably many more which were never reported. According to a Victim Support survey 1 in 4 victims have been burgled more than once. 56% of burglaries happen during the night.