Police raids mans home after Amazon’s Alexa device turned on it own and started playing music with high volume at 2 am .
Angry neighbours called police after they were woken by the noise from Oliver Haberstroh’s flat.
But to the Police’s surprise the flat was empty as Oliver was out with his friends, He says the music turned on even though he didn’t give any instructions to the voice-activated virtual assistant.
When the police arrived the flat in Pinneberg, Germany, shortly before 2am on Saturday, they banged on the door but there was no response from inside and the music continued with high volume.
Officers brought in a locksmith and were surprised when they opened the door and found no-one there. Oliver was very much surprised when he found out why police were called.
He wrote to Amazon on Facebook about the whole incident what happened with the image of the local newspaper reporting it.
He said: “I was perfectly happy with your service and Alexa. However, the relationship between Alexa and me has taken a turn. One could say it’s so ‘complicated’ that we unfortunately have to go our separate ways.”
He added: “Alexa independently, without command and without me using a mobile phone, turned on the music at full volume and had her own party without me in the apartment.”
“She opted to have it at a very inconvenient time, between 1.50am and 3am. My neighbours then alerted the police, who in turn opened the apartment and turned Alexa off.”
Police left the scene after the lock was replaced with a new one and Oliver had to get to the station to pick up the new keys.
He was also given a bill for the locksmith’s work.
Oliver was still puzzled by the incident, saying he didn’t think the device was activated by an outside noise or by someone else’s smartphone.
An Amazon spokes person said that “Working directly with the customer, we have identified the reason for the incident.Echo was remotely activated and the volume increased through the customer’s third party mobile music-streaming app.”
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