Top tips for choosing the right security solutions | ESP

Top tips for choosing the right security solutions | ESP

With doorstep thefts on the rise, the team at ESP offers some tips for choosing the right security solutions that will ensure your customers receive ‘the full package’ – literally.

The number of parcels being stolen from people’s front doors, porches and gardens is rising across the UK, recent reports have found. Using a freedom of information request to UK police forces, The Sunday Times report data showed that around 2,700 parcel thefts were reported in 2019, but this figure rose to almost 10,500 by last year (2023). The average stolen parcel is worth £115.

According to a separate report from a retail software company, the number of claims for missing parcels jumped by 59% in the year to June 2023 compared with the previous 12 months. The company attributed the rise to people returning to their workplaces post-pandemic and retailers switching to alternative parcel delivery firms.

The rise in parcel thefts falls in line with an increase of shoplifting incidents during the cost-of-living crisis. The British Retail Consortium estimated that there were eight million store theft incidents last year at a value of around £950 million.

With regard to doorstep thefts, police forces themselves have stated the number of reported incidents is just the tip of the iceberg. When parcels go missing, many people will often contact retailers and couriers, rather than the police.

Reducing the risk

There are a number of things that can be done to reduce the risk of doorstep theft. These include tracking parcels to ensure someone is at home to take delivery, arranging for parcels to be delivered to a trusted neighbour, or organising pick up from a local convenience store, for example. The installation of a security light or Wi-Fi doorbell are also good measures to deter any unwanted activity. ESP, has a number of products that are both easy for installers to fit, and for end users to operate.

The Aperta 2K (4MP) Wi-Fi doorbell offers installers a higher specification, superior resolution product. With the typical resolution for video doorbells in the market currently at 1080p (2 megapixel), ESP’s 2K (4 megapixel) offer sets the doorbell apart.

The Aperta Wi-Fi doorbell connects directly to a smart phone, offering instant front door security and convenience to users. 2K (4MP) live view, visitor recording, automatic motion detection, and clear two-way audio are some of the key features and ESP has maintained its subscription-free status, with the new door station available via the ESP Smart 2K App.

It will activate a notification to the user’s smartphone when the doorbell has been pressed. In the event that the user misses the notification, the event that triggered the notification can be recalled, as the doorbell has internal storage that will capture all activity subscription-free. For additional security the doorbell incorporates motion and human detection features.

The camera offers a wide 170˚ angle view to ensure good camera coverage while the doorbell also comes supplied with an angle bracket, which will not only assists with installation, but will help angle the camera to ensure it covers the area where visitors will be standing.

Part of ESP’s Fort smart security range are smart security floodlight and spotlight cameras which provide an ideal deterrent to unwanted activity. The Fort Wi-Fi smart security floodlight with camera and spotlight with camera – available in black or white – both offer full 1080p HD live view and recording along with a 2000/2500 lumen light output (25 W). They have motion activated video record and clear two-way audio.

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