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Do Doorbell Cameras Decrease Crime?

May 21, 2019|

A doorbell camera is a lot like an outdoor security camera, but it's so much more. It's also a great way to greet guests, accept packages, and monitor who comes and goes from your home.

There's plenty of evidence that outdoor security cameras are great crime deterrents. But what about doorbell cameras?

Do doorbell cameras decrease crime?

Currently, there aren’t any hard-hitting statistics on how the doorbell camera specifically has affected the overall crime rate.

We do know that outdoor security cameras have a measurable effect on deterring crime, however, and doorbell cameras are very similar to outdoor cameras. They are clearly visible to visitors, you can view them remotely, and they can record high definition footage in real time.

In fact, a doorbell camera's many features combined with other smart home technology makes it a powerful security tool for your home that can provide a fantastic range of benefits: peace of mind, convenience, and most importantly, the ability to deter, detect, and prevent crime from happening on your property.

Take a look at these common crimes to discover how a smart doorbell camera can prevent them from happening on your property.

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A doorbell camera can protect your home from a wide variety of criminal activity.


Larceny (also referred to as property theft) is too common for comfort these days. Recent reports claim that more than 25.9 million Americans have had a package stolen from their front step—but packages aren’t the only goods that are being stolen.

Lawn chairs, gardening equipment, outdoor decorations, and even potted plants have been swiped. With a highly-visible doorbell camera, you can deter these porch pirates before they make off with your personal belongings and packaged deliveries.

If you have a Vivint Doorbell Camera Pro installed, you'll be alerted anytime someone approaches your front door, even if they don't ring the doorbell. This way, if you do notice someone on your porch, you can use the two-way talk feature to scare them off.

And if you don't get to them in time and they do steal something, at least you’ll have some high-quality footage to help identify the perpetrator while working with the police.

Let’s be neighbors.

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Vandalism isn’t quite as common as property theft, but it’s still a prevalent threat to the security of your home. In 2017, more than 180,000 cases of criminal damage were reported to the authorities.

This type of criminal activity can range from a fairly harmless toilet-paper prank to a very serious case of damage to personal property that can cost homeowners a significant amount of money in repairs.

However, with the installation of security cameras (including a doorbell camera) you can ward off mischief or even catch criminals in the act and stop them before they cause damage.

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By installing security cameras outside your home, including a doorbell camera, you'll be able to ward off potential criminals.


Burglary is a serious crime. People often think that the chances of it happening to them aren’t likely, but that isn’t really the case. According to the Criminal Justice Information Services Division of the FBI, an estimated 1,401,840 burglaries occurred in 2017, accounting for nearly 20% of all reported property crimes in the U.S.

Burglaries happen more often than people think, but it shouldn’t be something you lay awake worrying about at night. One of the best things you can do to prevent it from happening is installing a smart doorbell camera that can alert you at the first sign of an intruder and bring you some much-needed peace of mind.

After purchasing her Vivint security system, Bridget F., of Tennessee, reported, “Having this system has helped me to be able to go to sleep at night and not wake up at every little sound.”

With a Vivint Doorbell Camera Pro, you even get the added benefit of 24/7 professional monitoring to help you prevent break-ins and burglaries any time of day. This way, even if you don’t notice the smartphone notification about an intruder at your front door, the authorities will still be notified in case of a break-in.


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Motor vehicle theft

In 2017, more than 700,000 counts of motor vehicle theft occurred in the United States. Often, those who don’t have an enclosed garage to store their vehicles in have a high risk of experiencing motor vehicle theft.

A doorbell camera can bring much needed peace of mind and preventative security to those without a garage. So long as you park your vehicle within view of the doorbell camera, you’ll be able to see if anyone starts wandering around your car.

Furthermore, if your doorbell camera is highly visible, it can also act as an effective crime deterrent for anyone scoping out the area for their next motor target.

How to get the most out of your wireless doorbell camera

If you really want to get the most bang for your buck, the best thing to do is opt for a Vivint Doorbell Camera Pro integrated with a complete Vivint home security system. With a Vivint system, you can achieve the ultimate level of security for your home.

Equip your home with smart locks, motion sensors, and outdoor cameras. Smart smoke and monoxide detectors can send an immediate notification to your smartphone and alert the authorities in case disaster strikes when you’re away. You can install indoor cameras with two-way audio to keep an eye on the kids when you’re not home, or to communicate with each other from different rooms in the house.

In this day and age, there are so many different options available to you when it comes to protecting your home and adding convenience to your daily life. And it can all be customized to the unique needs of your family.

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