This post was originally published on October 11, 2016 and has been updated for accuracy and comprehensiveness.
Doorbell cameras, installed near a home’s front entrance, are gaining popularity.
Not only do they make your home look technology-inclined, they also provide an extra layer of security in a convenient way.
Below are three benefits to installing doorbell cameras in the home.
1. Deter and Catch Burglars
Reduce the chances of break-ins or theft by installing doorbell cameras in plain sight. Cameras warn burglars that a security system is in place, acting as a deterrent to crime. This can be especially helpful in the Amazon era, where packages are routinely delivered to people’s homes and left unattended on the front doorstep. With a doorbell camera, you can see who’s at your front door, including someone who might be attempting to steal your deliveries.
Many cameras also include features such as high-definition resolution and saved images, which can help law enforcement should an incident occur. Keep better tabs on your home via live camera feeds online and mobile alerts when motion is detected.
2. Know Who is Ringing Your Doorbell
Check who is at the door before answering or when you aren’t home. In addition to video footage, many doorbell cameras also enable audio control through an intercom. This lets you communicate with those at the door without opening it—a cool safety feature for when you’re home alone or someone seems suspicious.
Doorbell cameras can also be beneficial at night. Using infrared or LED technology, cameras with night vision capabilities are able to capture high-resolution footage of anyone near a home’s entrance—regardless of the time of day. This is helpful if you’re expecting evening guests or trying to identify the cause of a nighttime disturbance.
3. Increase Your Home’s Value
As technology continues to advance, homeowners are showing more interest in smart homes, specifically security and safety technologies. Homes enabled with smart technology are more desirable to buyers. Therefore, in addition to current safety benefits, cameras may also pay off should your family decide to sell.