Sep 27 , 2019
Ding-dong the ditch is dead
You already have a smartphone, a smart TV, and a smart watch—it was only a matter of time before your doorbell became wiser, too. Much to the chagrin of mischievous kids everywhere, these gadgets have taken all the fun out of their neighborhood ding-dong-ditch pranks. Technology now gives you the superpower of X-ray vision by allowing you to see and interact via your phone or tablet with whoever’s at your front door from the comfort of your own couch or while thousands of miles away on a tropical vacation.
Aside from the convenience factor, it’s an added layer of security that can help keep your family safe. After all, almost every burglar knocks on the front door or rings the doorbell before breaking in—don’t miss these 13 sneaky signs your house is being watched.
“The average burglar has no skills and is not hard to defeat since they principally enter through unlocked doors and windows,” says Leonard A. Sipes, Jr., the former director of information services for the National Crime Prevention Council. “Department of Justice data from decades ago concludes that any indication that the property is protected will cause the burglar to desist or go somewhere else.” That means a smart doorbell is a worthy deterrent to would-be burglars.
But with dozens of products on the market, how do you know which to choose? And how can you feel confident that a system glitch or malicious hack won’t leave you and your loved ones vulnerable? Read on to discover the safest options.