With a black market for televisions and other devices, the home has become a prime target for hackers and criminals.
This year, Canada’s national police force said the number of home invasions rose to a record 1,827 in October from 1,633 in September.
Home invasions are becoming more common.
“We know there’s a high number of people in Canada living in homes with cameras,” said Toronto police spokesperson Scott Pattison.
He said the majority of people who get burglarized don’t know the home is recording.
“There’s a lot of fear in the neighbourhood and they don’t want to come out and try to get in,” he said.
Pattison said a large number of those intrusions are made through the internet.
He would not say how many of those were recorded.
“This is a global phenomenon and we are seeing it in every country, even in the U.S.,” he said, citing recent events like the attacks on Sony Pictures Entertainment.
In Canada, people living in a home with a security camera or similar device are at risk.
Pattisons office is busy with the police investigation.
“The majority of the incidents we are dealing with are related to cameras.
In the United States, home invases are more likely to be done by someone who is not a police officer or homeowner, according to the National Police Association of Canada. “
People don’t understand what’s going on, so it is a huge concern for them.”
In the United States, home invases are more likely to be done by someone who is not a police officer or homeowner, according to the National Police Association of Canada.
The association says most people who break into a home do so in an attempt to steal things, but some also break into homes to steal money or drugs.
“If you’re in a house, you are at a greater risk of breaking into someone else’s home, so I would say you should be aware,” said association spokesman Chris Wibbels.
“In the U, you don’t really have to know you’re being followed.”
But even with cameras on, homeowners are vulnerable.
According to a survey by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, one in five Canadians had an unsecured camera in their home.
Wibbs said the industry has become increasingly aggressive and that companies are now asking people to keep their devices off the internet and not turn them on when home is not in use.
“What I do, if someone has an unsecure camera, I would advise them to just put it in a different place and turn it off, to turn it on only when the home itself is not being used,” said Wibberls.
“It’s like a safety net.”