A house at a secret location in the Avon and Somerset Police force area has been wired for pictures and sound in an attempt to catch burglars red-handed.
CCTV cameras and a range of high-tech gadgets have been installed in the property, which will be monitored by officers from a control room.
Police would only confirm the property was located in a "burglary hotspot".
The crime-fighting tactic follows the success of the force's "covert capture cars" which lock criminals inside.
They are then played a taped message informing them a police officer is on their way to arrest them.
Assistant Chief Constable Jackie Roberts said the idea behind the scheme was to put the fear of crime back into criminals.
"It uses a range of technical devices, including cameras, placed in a property, " she said.
"When someone breaks in we know instantly - including live images beamed back into our control room at police headquarters.
"The risk of getting caught is one of the greatest deterrents for offenders and my message to any would-be burglar is simple - if you take a chance you may get a little more than you bargained for.
"We will be waiting for you and you may find yourself behind bars this Christmas."