Over the last few years, you have likely seen viral videos online of a person’s front porch. Particularly, around the holidays, these videos might involve so-called “porch pirates” as thieves become more active as a slew of Amazon orders arrives on doorsteps. Sometimes, these videos happen to be caught on a traditional home security camera system. More and more, though, are recorded via video doorbells.
Video doorbells, or smart doorbells, are a game-changer in terms of home security. Going beyond simple security cameras, smart doorbells are an interactive form of home security. They function both as a security camera, a motion detector, a two-way intercom system, and they allow you to see exactly who is at your door at any time.
Reasons You Need a Video Doorbell
You Know Whether Or Not You Need To Open The Door
Sometimes the doorbell rings and you don’t actually need to rush to it to answer it. Maybe a delivery driver just dropped off a package and rang the doorbell to let you know it was there, or maybe a local restaurant put a menu around your doorknob. These are times when answering the door could wait a few minutes. With a video doorbell, you will be able to know whether or not someone is waiting at the door for you to answer.
On the other hand, maybe there is someone at the door that you actually don’t want to talk to. If the doorbell rings and you see on your video doorbell that a salesperson is at the door or someone with a pamphlet about their organization, you can choose to pretend you’re not home if you want. If you’re more of a confrontational type, you can also ask them to leave without ever going to the door.
You Can Communicate With People At The Door
We touched on this above, but perhaps one of the best features of a video doorbell is the ability to talk to whoever is at the door. Whether it’s a delivery person dropping off a package, a salesperson, or a neighborhood kid selling candy for their school fundraiser, you can easily chat with them and they can chat back.
You can tell a delivery person to leave a package in a discreet place or even tell them if they have the wrong house.
You Can See If Someone Is Loitering
Your smart doorbell will give you proximity notifications when someone is within range. Usually, this is a nice warning that someone is about to ring the doorbell, but sometimes it is a heads up that someone is hanging around your front door.
This is important for several reasons. First of all, you don’t know who is loitering on your porch or why. Are they contemplating breaking in? Are they scoping the property out for security cameras? Are they seeing if you have any valuables within eyesight? Secondly, if there have been recent break-ins or crimes in your neighborhood, video footage of suspicious people loitering in your front yard or on your porch could be a lead to catch the suspect in the act.
They Are Incredibly Easy To Use
Maybe being able to control your blinds with your smartphone is a little “high-tech” for you or what you need. Video doorbells may seem high-tech, but they are actually incredibly simple and straightforward. All you need is a smartphone, tablet, or another compatible device.
Whether your smart doorbell is the cherry on top of your home security sundae or it is the only smart home device that you have, anyone with any level of tech-savviness can use and operate a video doorbell to its full potential. Best of all, when you have a video doorbell installed with ProTECHt, our home security experts will ensure you fully know how to use your device and can answer any questions you have.
It’s An Affordable Piece Of Smart Home Technology
While we do our best to provide multiple levels of home security to meet different budgets and needs, we understand that not everyone wants to invest in a total home security system. A smart doorbell is a great place to start your journey to a safer home without spending thousands of dollars.
A smart doorbell is an economical way to ensure you have eyes on your porch at all times. Home security is certainly something worth investing in, and a smart doorbell is just the first step in creating a secure smart home.
Make Sure You Don’t Miss Anything Important
Let’s say you’re at work when local Girl Scouts come by selling delicious cookies in your neighborhood. If you don’t have a video doorbell, you might not even realize it’s Girl Scout cookie season. With a video doorbell, you can tell the Scouts to come back later when you’re home, or, at the very least, remember to keep an eye out for Girl Scouts selling cookies next time you’re at the grocery store.
See Exactly When Packages Are (Or Aren’t) Delivered
These days, more packages are delivered to homes than ever before from prescription medicine to Amazon orders to grocery deliveries. While most deliveries come with tracking information, sometimes things still happen that prevent package deliveries from running smoothly.
Occasionally a package will say it has been delivered yet it never actually made it to your front door. Maybe it was delivered to the wrong house or not delivered at all. If this is the case, you can check your smart doorbell and see if anyone ever made a delivery.
Other times, a package has been delivered yet, when you get home, it’s nowhere to be found. With a video doorbell, you’ll be able to know if someone took your package from your porch.
It Makes The Home Safer For Your Kids
There comes a time when a child is old enough to stay home by themselves for a few hours while their parents are out at an event or on a date. You always remind the kids of the house rules and, of course, you tell them not to answer the door for anybody.
While you hope that they follow that rule, you never know when someone might come to the door and claim to be a neighbor, a family member, or perhaps even a law enforcement officer. These situations can confuse a kid. With a video doorbell, you can receive an alert while you’re not even in the house, see who is at the door, and tell them to leave without even getting out of your seat at the restaurant. The children know that you have it under control if the doorbell happens to ring so they can completely ignore it.
You Can Integrate It With The Rest Of Your Smart Home Technology
The best part of installing a video doorbell with ProTECHt, your home security installer in Indianapolis, is that it seamlessly integrates with every other part of your home security system. Whether you have a full home camera security system, a smart thermostat, or any other smart home automation device, you can integrate these systems to work together to create a safer and smarter home.
Get In Touch For More Information On Installing A Video Doorbell
At ProTECHt, our goal is to make home security simple. As your Brinks Home Security™ authorized dealer, we can provide you with not only the equipment you need to make your home safer but also with the support you need to get the most out of your home security systems, including your video doorbell.
Get in touch with ProTECHt today to learn more about video doorbell installation in Indianapolis, Indiana. We are happy to answer any questions and provide you with the best video doorbell option for your home security needs.