How to stay safe from burglary this Bonfire night

“Remember remember the 5th of November… Gunpowder, treason and plot”. November 5th is a time of fireworks, sparklers and seeing your breath hang in the cold air. This weekend, families and friends across the UK will gather in local parks to watch bonfires, throwing yellow and orange flames high into the cold night sky. We spend an evening making memories with loved ones and watching fantastic firework displays to remember the Gunpowder Plot, 411 years ago.  

Why burglary spikes around fireworks night

While out enjoying our local firework displays, most of us leave our homes empty. The bangs and flashes of fireworks provide the perfect cover for criminals which means that burglaries spike around November 5th. With over 650,000 UK homes broken into in 2016, the stats show Bonfire Night is the worst day of the year for burglary, with 21% more than the average day according to data from Aviva, the UK’s leading home insurer.

Aviva found that 42% of homeowners leave windows unlocked when they’re out – making it all too easy for burglars, especially on a night of the year when they’re provided with extra cover. Make sure you lock your windows and doors as you head out, and follow these home security tips from the Cocoon team.

5 Tips To Stay Safe This Bonfire Night

  1. Have stickers showing that you have a burglar alarm visible in your window, so people know that your home is protected. (Over 81% of burglars avoid homes with burglar alarms.)
  2. Remember to remove flyers from your doormat, leaving a stack there makes it look like your house is unoccupied.
  3. If you’ve been working in the garden, don’t leave a ladder or wheelbarrow out. It can make it easy for criminals to access windows and balconies when attempting a burglary.
  4. Don’t advertise to thieves that you’re going to be out, be discreet when loading your car, and wait until you’re back home to share your photos online.
  5. Get yourself a Cocoon home security system, so you know your home is secure from burglary while you’re away.

Cocoon can help you keep safe this November

Peace of mind and good home security go hand in hand. Sadly the time and cost of setting up a burglar alarm system can be enough to make you feel like it’s Halloween again! Thankfully, new smarter home security systems like Cocoon not only take the hassle away from protecting your home, they also make it much more affordable.

From £159 you can protect your home with a simple to setup and use all-in-one Cocoon device that uses unique Subsound® multi-room protection technology to cover more of your home, alerting the moment something unusual happens.

  • Simple Setup
  • HD Camera and live video streaming
  • Smart mobile phone notifications
  • Built-in siren you can trigger from anywhere
  • Auto-arm and disarm when you come and go
  • Records and stores videos free for 7 days

Cocoon is more than a smart home security system or burglar alarm, it’s a way to check in on your pets and loved ones and to connect to your home even when you can’t be there. With simple setup, clear HD video night and day, and an easy to use app on iOS and Android. Cocoon has all you need to feel safe this Bonfire Night, and throughout the year.

Need more help with your home security?

If you’re still not sure about how best to secure your home this winter you can find more information in our helpful Cocoon home security guide.  

Cocoon works without a subscription

Looking after your home should be hassle-free, but often it isn’t. Traditional home security doesn’t work and is complicated. With costly installation and an ongoing subscription, nuisance false alarms, ugly sensors, and codes you need to remember to set – it’s a pain. That’s why we created Cocoon – to make it simple for everyone to feel that their homes are secure.

Cocoon contains everything you need to keep your home safe in one beautiful device and senses movement in multiple rooms to alert you as soon as it detects something suspicious. Each device sends clear video straight to your phone, night or day. Best of all, it works without monthly fees or subscriptions.

All this, without monthly fees

When you buy Cocoon (for just £159) you get a beautiful device and app that work together and, without paying a subscription fee each month, you get all this:

  • Multi-Room Protection Motion detection throughout the rooms of your home, from a single Cocoon, using Subsound®.
  • Timeline Recent activity safely stored in your timeline so can look back on comings and goings, videos and alerts.
  • HD Video Downloads You can download 3 HD video downloads every 30 days.
  • Watch Live Check in on your home anytime.
  • Night Vision A clear picture of your home, night and day.
  • Auto Arm Understanding when you’re home and away, Cocoon knows when to stand on guard. You don’t need to remember to set anything
  • Manual Override Automation is great for an easy life but, for something to truly be effective, you need to be able to take control too. With Cocoon you have that control, you can choose to arm it at bed-time or disarm it when the cleaner arrives.

Cocoon is designed to make it simple for everyone to feel that their homes are secure, and changing our offering in a way that would negatively impact our customers goes against our values.

Subscriptions will likely feature in 2018 and will be for services beyond that which we offer today. So, while we will be offering something extra for those willing to pay a little more, we have no plans to take anything away from the Cocoon experience that our customers value today.

We put our customers first.
You can rest assured that, without any monthly fees, Cocoon will always work to look after what you care about most.

Cocoon at AWS Summit 2017

Cocoon recently attended the Amazon Web Services Summit 2017 at London’s ExCel Centre. We were part of the Amazon Launchpad showcase, presenting alongside Beeline (www.beeline.co) and Roli (www.roli.com).

Our team were showing attendees how Cocoon makes home security simple, so everyone can feel safe. The crowd was full of technology professionals. They showed a great interest in our Subsound® technology, and in how uniquely we use machine learning to better protect the home.

Rob Clarke, our Lead Developer, took to the stage to tell Cocoon’s story from a Research and Development perspective. He also explained how Amazon Launchpad has been a great support in Cocoon’s growth. Launchpad is a unique programme showcasing cutting-edge products to millions of Amazon customers, to accelerate the success of startups who are truly innovative. (There’s a little more information on Amazon Launchpad below.)

Check out our video of the highlights from AWS Summit 2017:


Launchpad: “Today’s brightest startups, now on Amazon”

Introduced in 2015, Amazon Launchpad makes it easy for startups to launch, market, and distribute their products to hundreds of millions of Amazon customers across the globe. Since launching a year ago, Amazon Launchpad has worked with over 100 leading venture capital firms, startup accelerators, and crowdfunding platforms. Helping more than 1,000 startups launch products in the U.S.U.K.ChinaGermany, and France.

The program offers a streamlined onboarding experience, custom product pages, a comprehensive marketing package, and access to Amazon’s global fulfilment network. Launchpad is geared toward helping startups successfully launch their innovations and share their stories. Startups can overcome many of the challenges associated with launching new products by using Amazon’s retail expertise and infrastructure to create awareness and drive sales.

To explore the other great technology available on Amazon Launchpad, visit their store: www.amazon.com/launchpad.


 

Mobile app release – 03/17

We’ve been working on some changes in the Cocoon app as a direct result of feedback we’ve had from our customers. We hope they will improve your experience with Cocoon.


Slider to manually arm or disarm your Cocoon

Customers told us that the manual arm and disarm button was easily pressed by mistake. In response, we’ve made the action slide only. This more definite gesture should reduce the risk of accidentally disarming your Cocoon when you need it to be armed; while ensuring it’s still incredibly simple to use.

Invite new members to your Cocoon household

Currently Android only, iOS coming soon

We’re planning lots of new features that will sit in the “Your Cocoon” part of the app. As part of this, we have moved the option to invite members to your household into the “Your Cocoon” section. Once there, the simple process of inviting new members is the same as ever.

 


What’s next?

We have lots of new features coming soon, but some of the most noteworthy things that we’re working on right now are:

  • Video downloads
    Cocoon has been successful in capturing a number of burglaries and providing necessary footage to police. In the future, you’ll be able to download this footage yourself to send to the Police and/or your insurance provider.
  • Remove members from your household
    We’ve had numerous customers requesting being able to remove someone from their household, this is coming soon and will be our first step in providing you with different levels of user access rights. As the Cocoon owner, only you will be able to delete other household members.

We’re always keen to hear how you’re getting on with Cocoon, get in touch by emailing [email protected] or joining the conversation on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.

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