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Internet of things: potential risk of crime and how to prevent it

Guidance on the steps to take to guard against some of the possible crime risks presented by the growing use of smart devices.

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Internet of things

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The internet of things is a term used to describe the technology that allows smart devices and systems to connect and share data. This includes the latest apps that can operate household items such as washing machines and televisions, as well as systems such as alarms and central heating that can be activated by smartphones or tablets.

Consumers and businesses are increasingly likely come into contact with the internet of things. The accompanying guide is intended to inform them about basic steps they can take to help guard against some of the possible crime risks presented by the growing use of smart devices.

‘The internet of things: potential risk of crime and how to prevent it’ was one of a number of projects developed under the Home Office’s Crime Prevention Panel. This brought a range of experts together to study emerging crime types and prevention strategies.

Jeremy Watson, Professor of Engineering Systems at University College London, led the project which produced this guide.

Published 10 March 2015