Video Doorbells

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  1. Chrissy Cross

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    image.jpg I'm actually hearing a lot about this in our neighborhood watch app. Seems we have people ringing bells to see if anyone is home. That worries me because I'm gone a lot. Here is the letter the officer that is in our neighborhood watch sent out. I also looked them up on YouTube for reviews etc.
    Does anybody know anything about them?
     
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    I don't know if this is the same thing or different? Now I'm confused. :(
     
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    I think this is one of the things that I have heard of on TV. This is just one of the choices that we may be able to use in the future to stay safe in our homes. I simply don't think it is warranted here as people rarely even venture up here, but when I move, I will have to consider getting something like this. It may lead to greater peace of mind. I think it is just one of the options that we could use to stay safe.
     
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    From what I gather, this video doorbell is like a peephole on the door. I hope I am right on my understanding. We probably need that because when we are in the bedroom, we couldn't see the person on the gate. We have to go down and go to the terrace just to see who was pressing on the door bell. However, it is not much of necessity for now since we have 2 housemaids who can do that chore of checking on the gate. I'd say that's a good invention especially for those with big houses.
     
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    I also saw this product advertised on TV. A lady was in her garden and used her phone, I think, to see who was ringing the doorbell. Maybe there is more than just the doorbell feature, an app maybe?
     
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    I have a peephole, @Corie Henson. This is more for when your not at home also.

    It also takes pictures of who rang your doorbell etc.

    The thing here is they'll ring your doorbell then if nobody answers they feel more comfortable in breaking in...with this you can be away and answer your door with your iphone and say your busy and can't answer the door now.

    Something I have to think about and research more....there really hasn't been any break ins yet but have been reading about strange people in the neighborhood...and a few car break ins.
     
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    Ring is the new 'hot' item and besides doorbells, they're coming out with lots of other camera products for the home. One thing to remember is that you need to have your internet on all the time. There is also a yearly subscription to sore the data.
     
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    Mine is on all the time. I want something simple that I can install and also cheap. I do have a security system but I like the idea of seeing what's going on through my iPhone.

    When I leave for a trip I tell my neighbor to keep an eye on my house but I'm sure they're not up all night watching my house. :)

    And although it's just material things that would be stolen and not my life while I'm away, it would still be a shock and I'd be traumatized to arrive home and see my home in shambles.
     
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    @Chrissy Page Since you already have an alarm system, you could check into this and then contact your alarm company and see what they can provide that might be comparable. You should be able to monitor your alarm system via your smart phone. It may require installing a few more things, but if you're going to have this or something similar installed anyway, it might be good to stick with the one company, particularly if there's an ongoing cost involved, so it's just one bill, rather than two.

    My grandmother, when she became older, lived in senior housing, and one channel on her TV was of the lobby, so people could see who was coming and going, and perform some function to let people in when they buzzed. I thought it was the coolest thing, probably because I lived on the third and second floors, and had to trudge down the stairs to see who was there.

    I have a very sophisticated technique here for seeing who's at the door. I sneak over to the top of the stairs to see if I recognize the person. It's not a good idea to knock and then break in the back door if no one answers here, because most of us are home, but don't answer our doors to strangers. We are almost all armed, too, which is why it's a bad idea. Soliciting isn't supposed to be allowed here, but we do occasionally make exceptions, for discounts on cable service, etc.

    I don't have an alarm system, but if I lived in an area where burglars would be more apt to break in, and I could afford it, I would probably get one. I really like the idea of this, especially if I didn't have a way of seeing who was at the door, especially if it's inexpensive. I also like that it takes a picture of the person at the door. That is a good thing, just in case there is an issue, and the police need that for identification.
     
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    I probably should call ADT, my system is outdated anyway...through my phone line.

    I have a peephole but I can't see crap in it. When I'm home Pickles barks like crazy and I don't open the door anyway because it's just people trying to sell something. I tell them to leave their card because I can't open the door because of my dog.
     
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    I think they have newer, updated system that don't even require holes in the walls, and operate off of your cell phone. Some here use ADT, I believe, and others use Xfinity. By the way, I don't know if you're aware, but I think you can get a discount on your homeowner's insurance if you have an alarm system. If you don't already get that, you could check into it to save some money, and if you already do get the discount, if you upgrade to a video system, maybe you can save even more money on insurance.
     
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    My daughter pays my house insurance but I've never asked if she's mentioned I have a security system or not.

    I pay $50 for my ADT and I'm hearing that they just have to cut my telephone line to disable my system. I e gotten calls to upgrade but haven't really thought about it til I started reading the door bell ringing in my area.
     
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    Oh, I see. It is like the CCTV system that was being offered to us which was very expensive so we did not pursue the idea. The cctv can be monitored using the cell phone via the internet. There is a website where the video of the cctv goes that you can access wherever you are as long as there is internet access. But maybe this CCTV thing is getting to be a necessity because so many things can happen when you are not at home.
     
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    I changed all my locks when I saw this

     
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    and those package's delivery's leave at your front door are easy targets.

     
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    Well, I didn't need to see this! I always thought locks with bolts were safe.

    I know the other kind of lock where you just push in the knob is useless and can be opened with sliding a credit card down...my sister showed me that when she visited me when my husband died. That's the kind of lock I had on my side garage door...changed that to a bolt.


    I've never had pkgs stolen...yet.
     
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    if they really want in no security system is safe. that's why I have a Glock
     
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    I don't. If woken from a deep sleep I don't think even if I had one I'd probably have the disadvantage

    That sentence looks wrong but you get the idea....they'd shoot me before I shot them..


    Of course my alarm would alert me and Pickles might but I can't trust him to bark always because I saw that he was petrified of the rat sounds.

    If they come in my bedroom patio door, they could shoot me as the alarm goes off that's how close my bed is to the door...plus it's dark and I'd have to roll over and reach for my glasses.

    I might as well just accept the fact that it won't end my way.
     
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    not if you take a course on how to use one. most gun dealers have a shooting range and will be glad to teach you.
     
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    True. I do have a chance if they come in the front but if they come in the back way which makes more sense anyway for them...the odds are in their favor.

    How hard is a patio door to break in? He'd be awake, I'd be asleep. The alarm would wake me but he's already by my head at that point. :(


    Hope I forget about this post by bedtime. :)
     
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    Is the patio door a sliding glass one, @Chrissy Page? If so, do you have an extra lock on it or at least a broom handle or other device in it to make it a bit more difficult?

    I'd heard of lock bumping, but didn't have as much detailed info as the video gave. Personally, I think the lock companies should work on lower cost solutions. Most homes have at least 2 entry/exit doors, that's about $300+ for the special locks mentioned, and not everyone has that kind of money to throw around, nevermind the know how and ability to install them, without paying additional costs. I think if they sell locks, those locks should be more secure and not be able to be opened with an inexpensive key and a few bumps.

    One thing in your favor @Chrissy Page is that a lot of burglars don't carry guns. I keep various weapons around the house just in case. I hear you with regard to needing to put glasses on before tackling a burgler, but it might be good to keep something else handy. I don't know if CA allows mace or stun guns, but either would be good for your bedside table.
     
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    Yes, it's glass and has a lock but just a simple one that you click up or down. I do put a stick in the bottom track on one side, don't know how much that helps...probably gives me a little extra time.

    Thanks for the mace idea, that's something I could do but have to look up the law.
     
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    If you look on Amazon for the products, it'll usually tell which states they can't ship to, but it's always good to double check. Anything that gives you extra time would be good. I have a loud siren app on my mobile that I can always click if I think of it, the volume and suddenness of that might make someone think twice, who knows what goes through their minds. I'd prefer to scare them off than shoot or gut them, but I'd also like for them to be caught. If you're going to upgrade and add something like the video doorbell, maybe they could also install cameras over your back and patio doors that take pics, that way they'd at least know who to look for if they escaped.
     
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    I think mace is allowed here for sure but I'm not seeing a definite answer on a stun gun but I have looked that closely yet.

    I also have to decide what my future plans are regarding staying here before I do a costly upgrade...all these things drive me bonkers....

    What makes me angry is all these years I'm paying $50 a month and I find out now that they can just cut my telephone wire?? At least that's what the wireless system people are saying...so what was or is the point of my security system?

    Life was so much easier when I had my husband or ex to protect me. :(
     
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    thieves hate lights. motion detectors are also a good idea

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