With more and more people doing their shopping online, package theft is an increasing concern. Life doesn’t stop when you’re not at home, which means that packages can often sit for hours without anyone there to pick it up — except thieves, of course. And even when you are at home, you may not realize your package arrived until it’s already gone. Surprisingly, the FBI doesn’t maintain statistics of this particular problem, but one survey of a 1000 people from packagingstrategies.com found that 31% of respondents had experienced package theft.
Fortunately, this online problem also has an online solution; with the rise of smart doorbells, we can increasingly monitor our homes and feel more secure. A crime that was once basically impossible to solve can actually now lead to arrests and recoveries. Smart doorbells aren’t just great for preventing theft either. They can be used when you want to let your neighbor who dropped by to say hello that you’re not home, or simply to see who is at the door. Even if you’re only looking for a doorbell you can hear from the basement or another room, there’s an option for you.
1. Ring Wi-Fi Enabled Video Doorbell
Between offering a motion sensor that can detect someone walking up to your door, to a live feed you can check any time, Ring has made itself the top name in smart doorbell technology. Their basic model can be either hardwired or battery-powered. Some reviewers complained about video quality, especially at night, and that it requires a very strong Wi-Fi connection. Most users remarked positively on the quality of the device overall, and the peace of mind it brought them.
2. Ring Video Doorbell Pro
The Ring Doorbell Pro offers much of the same functionality as the basic model, with a few bonus features. This particular model must be hardwired, which can be done without professional help, even if you’re not the handiest person. However, you must have an existing doorbell that the wiring can connect to. The Pro has improved motion sense over the basic, and a higher quality camera.
3. SadoTech Model CXR Wireless Doorbell
This is a good alternative for someone who doesn’t need the many features that come with smart doorbells. It is designed for the specific problem of houses where the doorbell can’t be heard throughout. So, while it’s not a smart doorbell, it’s a smart option for people who consistently miss the door, or even an option for gated apartments. The doorbell transmitter can be attached by double-sided mounting tape (which is included) and receivers plug into existing outlets, so there is absolutely no installation involved.