A Seattle man is crediting his high-tech home security system with scaring off a would-be burglar this week, and a device made by Seattle-based Korner played a major role.
The attempted break-in occurred Tuesday morning in Seattle’s South Beacon Hill neighborhood. A television news report on Q13 FOX Wednesday night included surveillance footage of the suspect and an interview with the homeowner, identified only as Steve.
Steve told Q13 that it’s the second time his home has been broken into, and after the first burglary he purchased and installed a variety of home security devices. Nest cameras and motion-activated wireless cameras managed to get footage of the wannabe thief, but it was Korner’s triangle-shaped motion detectors on the windows that scared the suspect off.
When the suspect broke a window it triggered an alarm on the Korner detector, which also sent an alert to Steve on his phone.
After the news report aired, Korner saw an immediate run on its inventory on Amazon.com. CEO Steve Hollis told GeekWire that by Thursday morning they were out of stock on Amazon for each of four available items. Inventory was already en route and there are some units available there now, but Hollis said they are going fast again. He added that devices were available for immediate delivery from Kornersafe.com.
Korner was founded in 2013 with the idea that security did not have to be an overly expensive undertaking for people who wanted to feel safe at home. The crime and news report this week have provided the small company with an opportunity to showcase its affordability and functionality.
“We have designed something that is meant to be accessible to all — under $100 and sets up in minutes,” Hollis said. “What it does is very simple, but it works. The thief was scared away and the customer was notified immediately. We focused on providing the necessities at a great price, and not on trying to sell people a bunch of things they really don’t need.”