The Best Uses of Smart Doorbells

4 Top Uses for Smart Doorbells

May 3, 2021 by

Video doorbells are the first security check into a smart home. Featuring a traditional doorbell and video camera, smart doorbells solve a major pain point that is common among most households: seeing who’s at your door before answering it.

Video doorbells are as easy to install as a regular doorbell, provided you choose a great location to capture the best video of visitors approaching your front door. Once installed, you won’t have to get off the sofa to see who’s knocking at your door or worry that an important package will be delivered when you’re not home.

Since you’re notified whenever there’s an event at your front door, you’ll always be able to see your loved ones, guests, workers, and delivery persons arrive via your smartphone, whether you’re at home, at work, or on holiday.

Packed with a range of smart features, a smart doorbell comes integrated with a camera, microphone, speaker, and motion sensor to let you detect and see who’s approaching your front door (regardless of whether or not they ring the bell), record them, and talk to them through your smartphone from wherever you are.

This means that you can conveniently tell the pizza delivery person to leave your package on the doorstep, catch porch thugs in the act, and avoid a nosey neighbour so you can enjoy some peace and quiet. In addition to the smart tech, it’s also a doorbell with a button. Once pressed, it will not only ring your indoor chime but also ring your smartphone.

Here are the 4 top reasons to get a high-tech doorbell for your home:

1. Stop porch pirates

The combination of a video camera, motion detector, and two-way audio gives you powerful awareness of the area around your front door, and guarding this space properly can significantly improve your home security. Most cases of home intrusions and burglaries occur via the front door, more than any other entry point to your home. For example, this is where your packages can be stolen from. Usually, when workers, visitors, or even burglars in disguise come to your residence, they gain entry via the front door.

Fortunately, having a video doorbell can help you fight back against these kinds of opportunistic crimes. Getting a smart doorbell can help to prevent you from suffering a loss by removing any valuables at your front door as soon as they arrive. As soon as a package is delivered to you and the doorbell rings, or your smart doorbell detects motion at the front door, you can bring the item inside or ask someone else who’s home or a neighbour to get the package for you. For homes with smart door locks, you can unlock the door and instruct the delivery person via the two-way audio feature to place the package inside, and then lock the door afterwards.

If there are any valuables at your front door area, you can keep an eye on them using the video doorbell. You will be alerted if any motion is detected, allowing you to stop and warn any potential burglars in real-time. If they proceed with the crime, you can give the video recording to local authorities to aid in catching the porch pirates.

2. Deter burglars

Like any other visible security camera, your video doorbell can help to scare away potential burglars. A smart doorbell is crucial for providing video surveillance of your front door, which is the main entry point for an estimated 73 percent of all forced-entry burglaries when there’s no one home. Visible security cameras are also a great deterrent for about 40 percent of burglaries, as they sometimes scare thieves away once they notice the video doorbell.

With a video doorbell, you can monitor your front door area 24/7, so even when it doesn’t scare away an intruder, you will still be able to obtain evidence of the break-in to aid in apprehending the perpetrators.

If you notice intruders at your front door, you can take advantage of the two-way audio feature to confront them in the safety of your home or remotely if you’re away. Alternatively, you can use the video feed to give the police vital information about the burglary so they can catch them in the act or after the theft.

3. Monitor a key access point

Whether you want to know when your kids get home from school and who they’re with, when there are suspicious people lurking outside your house, or when the housekeeper or dog walker left, you can use a smart doorbell to keep an eye on activities in front of your front door, which is the busiest area on your property.

In fact, your video doorbell can send a video alert every time it detects motion, so you can check on your loved ones and guests as they arrive. With smart integration, you can configure the camera to trigger your porch light when the motion sensor is triggered, providing you with well-lit video footage that you can download and share with the authorities to help catch suspicious people and thieves.

4. Enjoy some peace and quiet

There are times when you may not be in the mood to receive guests or even deal with the disturbance of a loud doorbell chime. So, if you need an hour or two to catch a nap, your smart doorbell provides a “Do Not Disturb” mode that turns off the chime, but sends an alert to your smartphone to notify you of an event at the front door or when a visitor rings the doorbell. After receiving the alert, you will be able to see who’s at the door and then quietly decide on your response.

Getting a Smart Doorbell

A video doorbell can be purchased and installed as the only smart device in your home to give you the benefits of both a doorbell and a security camera. However, it’s best used as part of a comprehensive smart home security system. For more information on smart doorbells and other home security systems, please call Canadian Security Professionals at +1 877-229-7252 or contact us here.

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