Installing a doorbell camera is a simple and affordable measure that can make your life easier and safer in many ways. It's more versatile than you think, as it provides a range of security and convenience benefits both when you're home or out. Here are six ways it can make a difference:
1. Deterring opportunistic thieves
The thief rings your doorbell and poses as a legitimate caller, such as a salesperson or canvasser. It's one of the most common theft techniques. If they don't answer, they know you aren't home and will feel much more confident about breaking and entering. Having a visible camera is an excellent deterrent to such attacks, with would-be burglars knowing they've been caught on film.
2. Catching the criminals
If the worst happens, a doorbell camera can provide evidence of a burglary. It might be enough to help the police catch the offender and recover your belongings before they're sold. Even if that's not possible, having camera footage could be enough for your insurer to approve your claim and pay out more quickly.
3. Keeping kids in line
Leaving your kids at home can be a stressful situation, whether they're with a babysitter or on their own. No matter how loudly they protest that they didn't invite their boyfriend or girlfriend over while you were out, it can be hard to be sure. Reviewing camera footage will let you find out if you need to have words, or if your child or babysitter deserves your trust.
4. Avoiding delivery waits
At best, Murphy's law says that if you leave the house for even a moment in a delivery window, you'll miss the call. At worst, the delivery person will either show up late or never even arrive, then claim you didn't answer the door. Having a camera will settle any argument about when they actually arrived. It's even useful for unattended deliveries. By checking the camera remotely, you can get home and bring the package indoors and away from opportunistic thieves, without having to take the whole day off work.
5. Screening your visitors
Whether you're working upstairs, busy in the kitchen or enjoying a relaxing summer's day in the garden, answering the front door can be annoying, particularly when it's someone trying to sell you something. Having a doorbell camera, particularly one that connects in real time to your phone or tablet, means you can safely ignore strangers without the risk of missing out on visits from friends or family.
6. Making the whole greater than the sum
The best doorbell cameras work as part of a smart home system, meaning they can both enhance and benefit from other home gadgets. For example, you could hook a doorbell camera up to a motion sensor to either start recording or add a bookmark when somebody approaches the door. You could also connect it to a light that only switches on when someone approaches to avoid wasted electricity. You could even connect it to a speakerphone that's remotely accessible on your smartphone so that you can speak to callers even when you're not home. For example, you could give delivery staff instructions for a safe place to leave a package out of sight, or tell a suspicious-looking caller that you'll be back home in a moment.
Those are just some pros of a doorbell camera. These devices aren't obtrusive, don't cost much and can be fitted quickly and without any major disruption.
For more details on how a doorbell camera can make your home smarter, call the experts at Vivint today.