Have you ever looked forward to leftovers at work only to find someone’s got there before you? Or come home to find your flatmates have finished all your milk, borrowed your toiletries or even helped themselves to your alcohol?
Well you’re not alone as new research from ADT reveals that one in four Brits have been the victim of ‘Petty Pilferers’.
So ADT has used its expertise to create MAIA*. A limited edition concept: smart motion-activated camera alarms to stop Petty Pilferers in their tracks and identify who’s behind leftover looting.
This innovative concept design uses smart technology, sending a picture of the would-be pilferers to the owner’s phone as soon as they go near the alarmed item using motion-sensor technology. So you can catch the culprit with their hand literally in the cookie jar.
Victims of Petty Pilfering at work revealed that food, including biscuits, are the most likely items to be swindled (38 per cent). Top items that go missing at work also include stationery (37 per cent), teabags (34 per cent), favourite mugs (31 per cent) and lunch (29 per cent).
And it seems belongings aren’t sacred at home either, with family and flatmates ‘borrowing’ food (37 per cent), using toiletries (30 per cent), helping themselves to clothes (18 per cent) and even taking a sneaky snifter of booze (21 per cent).
And these Petty Pilferers appear to operate regularly, with one in six reporting that it has occurred in the last week. These incidents can have quite dramatic effects, as one in 25 admit to having broken up with a partner as a result, and one in 30 have even moved out of their home.
Shockingly, one in 20 of those who’ve experienced Petty Pilfering at work even say they’ve been driven to booby trapping their belongings.
If you’ve been the victim of Petty Pilfering, a limited amount of MAIA alarms are available via ADT’s Facebook page – find out more here
*This is a limited edition, innovative concept design which will not be available for sale and is in no way associated with any of ADT’s current residential or commercial security solutions.