Thwarting Burglars with Your Doorbell

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Thwarting Burglars with Your Doorbell

Gone are the days when one could leave the house with the doors unlocked and never give a second thought to a criminal walking in and stealing all your belongings. Today however the FBI reports a home burglary in this country occurs once every 10 seconds and in 2005 alone there were over 2 million burglaries.  In response to these depressing statistics security companies have developed any number of high tech devices to thwart today’s scoundrels.

I looked at a number of gadgets but one that caught my interest is the “Video Door Bell”.  There are a number of manufacturers with various bells and whistles (no pun intended). I will discuss a few that I find offer the most features and benefits.Motion detector image for article

One of the most popular is called “Ring” and combines a doorbell along with a high definition camera, a speaker and a microphone. What’s really cool about all of these devices is you can answer your door from anywhere in the world! Yes, that’s right. Thanks to wi-fi and smartphone apps a potential thief will not know that you are really in outer Mongolia and no where near home. You answer the bell and see the individual at your door and speak to them. The point is he’s been thwarted and your security is assured. The Ring sells for $199 which is pretty cheap for a device that offers so much peace of mind. “Ring” is sold at Amazon and most big box home improvement stores.

And apartment dwellers are not being left out of these high tech security devices. A device with the clever name of “Peeple Peephole” offers a system similar to Ring but mounts to an apartment’s peephole and allows you to monitor who is at your door through your connected smart phone via the internet. It’s simple to install and uses the existing peephole hardware. Peeple Peephole sells for $149 and is available at Amazon and most big box home improvement stores.

If you’re in the market for even more security goodies in a compact package, take a look at “Canary”. This little beauty is compact but delivers big time all-inclusive home security. Its features include high definition video and audio, and is accessible from anywhere you might happen to be. It alerts if motion is detected, includes a 90-decibel siren that you can control remotely, monitors air quality and it sees in the dark! And it also backs up to the Cloud. It not only protects your house while you’re gone but can also monitor your pets and also connect to local 911 responders for help if needed. Canary is a bargain at $199 and again is available at Amazon and most big box home improvement stores.

What you say, can’t afford these prices? Well “Alfred” is just what you’re looking for. It’s FREE!! It works with an older Android phone and turns the phone into a security camera with sound and is viewable from another smartphone or computer anytime, anywhere. Alfred also offers motion detection and push notifications as well as two-way talk along with the ability to take a snapshot at anytime.

Doorbell cameraDo any of these gadgets actually work? Las Vegas Metro Police Department recently released a video of alleged burglars caught on camera on one of the doorbell cameras, trying to rob a home. Last December a woman was caught on a doorbell camera allegedly stealing packages in Miami. Shortly after police released photos of the woman she was arrested and charged with burglary theft.

Jim Lullie
Jim Lullie retired from the insurance business after a 33 year career working in both marketing and underwriting for several major insurance companies. Upon retirement he picked up on two of his favorite avocations; photography and writing. As a free lance writer Jim has written short stories, interviews, and has been a contributing writer for rural political newspaper. Jim lives in Albuquerque, NM. Jim can be contacted at: jdlullie@yahoo.com
  • Alex London

    I really like the look of the Canary model. I live right in the heart of the city and security is a massive priority for me. The only downside is that in this country private recordings are inadmissible unless a sign is clearly displayed, informing people they are being recorded – crazy, right? Regardless, I think the alert system is worth it alone and the added features are a real bonus. Thank you for the post!

  • Mandy Robinson

    My brother-in-law has one of these and we have been considering it. After reading this, I am pretty sure that I need to spend the money and get one. I would just feel better.

    • Alice

      Hey Mandy, thank you for sharing this – it’s always helpful to hear from someone who has used (or know someone who has used) a product and tested it out. I think I’ll order one of these, too.

  • Jennie

    It’s been a while since I looked into what sort of things you can do for your doorbell, but the gadgets mentioned here are amazing! I watch a lot of Korean dramas and I was always amazed at all the video doorbells everyone has. The ability to check my doorbell from my iPhone is really appealing and a clever idea. I wonder how secure these devices are, though. Is there a resource where someone can go to check which company uses the best security?

  • This seems like a great idea and it’s a great way for added security, but I think the biggest downside is how often are burglars to actually ring your doorbell? There’s a good chance they’re actually just watching your place and know you’re not actually home and will still be able to break in. However, having any added security is obviously no bad thing so it’s definitely a great security investment and one that I’ve never heard of before.