Getting the right security in place doesn't just protect your property, it also protects you. If you want to beef up your security at home, then it's worth looking at adding a video doorbell that hooks up to your smartphone. How do these doorbells work and what are their benefits?
How Do Video Doorbells Work?
Early video doorbells simply gave you a TV screen at the door through which you could talk to visitors and, in some cases, control access. Today's models typically hook up to a smartphone.
So, when someone approaches your door or rings your bell, you get a notification on your phone. You can then use the doorbell's app to talk to the person at your door through the bell's system. Apps also usually record footage of the area outside your door for you when there is some activity that triggers the bell's sensors.
Why Install a Video Doorbell?
Some people install these doorbells because they are convenient. If you're at home, you can answer your door without having to physically go to it. You can even do this is if you're out of the house. As long as you have a smartphone connection, you can use the app to talk to someone at your door. So, for example, if you're out shopping and a delivery arrives, you can ask the driver to leave it outside the door. You won't have to arrange to have it redelivered when you are at home.
While this is all handy, video doorbells are also good from a security perspective. If you're home alone and the doorbell rings, then you can see the caller without having to open the door. If you don't recognise them or are worried about their motives, you can simply ask them to leave without compromising your safety. The doorbell also helps you protect your home while you're out or even away on holiday. When someone rings your bell, you talk to them. They won't know if you are at home or not.
Even if someone suspects you aren't at home and the house is empty, this kind of smartphone doorbell may make them think twice about trying to break into your home. They know you can see them through the app and that you can record them on your doorstep.
If you want to improve your security at home, then talk to local security experts. They can show you different types of video doorbells and can also recommend other ways to boost your property's security system. Ask a professional about different security systems.