In a nutshell: There are many traditional ways to prevent would-be burglars from breaking into your home: dogs that are on TV and lights, motion sensors, etc. But there is a new method that is much cheaper provided you have the right hardware: An Amazon Alexa capability.
For owners of Alexa-enabled speakers like the Echo, Hippo Insurance's Away Mode could help protect real estate without spending a fortune on safety equipment. In essence, the ability plays long audio conversations, making it sound like people are at home.
The audio samples take between 47 and 72 minutes, so they will not help those who spend weeks on vacation. But you can cycle through all the tracks, which means you can spend several hours talking.
There are seven clips created by half a dozen Saturday Night Live comedy writers, Always Sunny in Philadelphia and UCB. These include "A Stay At Home Mom That Just Can not Longer," "Two Average Guys Brainstorm What's Unique About Themselves So They Can Launch a Podcast About It" and "Emergency PTA Meetings to Memes, Fidget Spinners and others too discussing teen fads. "
As you can guess from the titles of the titles and the authors behind them, the ability is quite ironic. It is designed to encourage people to re-evaluate their safety at home, while the San Francisco-based Hippo Insurance receives some publicity.
Although Hippo does not intend to rely on the ability as a serious piece of home security, Jim Bueermann, a retired police chief and the current president of the Police Foundation, said USA Today: "Theoretically, it's a good idea emulating genuine conversations, it is much more likely to make the burglar believe someone is at home. "
If you own an Alexa spokesperson, you can try it here for free.