One of the best ways to deter burglars is with motion-activated lighting/camera combos. Ring offers affordable and highly effective options in their Spotlight Cam and Floodlight Cam.
Here's the thing, the Ring doorbell is fairly secure. It's secured with a backplate and security screws into the actual door frame of your home. But if a thief is that determined to steal your ring, with the right tools and a lot of force they could have it off in a few minutes.
Cameras are a good crime deterrent, as 60 percent of most burglars will choose another target if they find alarms or cameras, according to a study from the University of North Carolina's Department of Criminal Justice & Criminology.
If you have your security system monitored through a home phone line, a burglar can easily disable your alarm communication. A cellular dialer uses a cell network to communicate with the central station.
While about a quarter of the law enforcement agencies NBC spoke to said they believed the cameras, discreetly fitted inside internet-connected doorbells, deterred crime, none had data to link the overall drop in property crimes to their deal with Ring.
Ring Doorbells are a great idea: just install them, then they will send any video to the cloud via simple WiFi. Right? Well, this is true – but it's also true that wireless signals can be unreliable.
Keep your home looking lived-in when you're away. Leave lights on timers when you're away — but choose timers that have random settings so thieves can't detect a pattern. If you'll be away for a short time, leave a radio or TV on, turned up loud enough that it might be heard outdoors.
Without a wireless connection, Ring won't work. Use a signal jammer/blocker to sufficiently disrupt Ring's WiFi signal. Use a physical barrier or cover to block the camera altogether. Finally, if you have access to the Ring app, you can turn off “Motion Detection”, or disable specific “Motion Zones”.
The biggest security flaw happens during the initial set-up when configuring the Ring doorbell with your local Wi-Fi network. Since the Ring doorbell and the application communicate over HTTP instead of HTTPS, it potentially allows the hackers to intercept the information, thus putting your device at risk.
Ring does offer lifetime purchase protection, so if a user's Doorbell is stolen, they can present the police report to Ring and Ring will replace the device for free.”
Freezer. If you've thought of the freezer as a sneaky hiding spot, chances are a robber has, too. A burglar won't rummage through your entire stack of frozen peas and fish sticks, but if you leave your treasures in something out-of-place, such as a sock, the thief will be onto you.
Do security lights deter burglars? Yes, they can. Light makes it hard for them to conceal their identity, so they are more likely to find a darker home.
They often pick a house by surveilling the neighborhood and finding the one with the most predictable patterns of when people come and go. They also look for properties in more rural or isolated parts of the neighborhood, and houses that are well maintained or have fancy cars in the driveway.
Knowing when most burglaries occur is powerful information. The most common times for break-ins occur between 10 am and 3 pm. Rather than being guarded by night, most burglars choose the daytime to attempt a break-in, targeting homes when they believe no one will be present.
Felson says indoor lights can deter burglars from breaking in, but they often break in anyway after knocking on the door to see if anyone answers. Outdoor security lighting is effective if there are people — neighbors, pedestrians or police — to actually see suspicious activity.
Not surprisingly, on average, homes that are burglarized tend to be homes that have no dogs. Large dogs may present a physical threat, but don't count ankle-biters out. They bark and attract a lot of attention. For those who do strike at night, poor lighting makes it harder for neighbors to see what they're doing.
Front door: 34% of burglars twist the doorknob and walk right in. First-floor windows: 23% use a first-floor open window to break into your home. Back door: 22% come in through the back door. Garage doors: 9% gain entrance through the garage.
Did you even know that burglars often use a code of symbols to mark out homes they want to target? Code, symbols and markings have become widely used tactics among burglars to help them break into homes.
YES! You can use Ring Power Packs to keep Alarm Pro online, and use your existing, working internet connection. No, but Alarm Cellular Backup will help the alarm system get the signal out, if you're enrolled in professional monitoring.
The Ring is less expensive, has lower subscription fees, and has 180 degree range of motion. However, The Nest has higher video quality, offers professional installation, and offers a longer trial period. Both Ring and Nest have night vision and noise cancellation.
Best for protecting deliveries: Vivint Doorbell Camera Pro
The field of view is larger than its competitors, at 180-by-180 degrees, which means you can see everything (even at night, thanks to powerful infrared night vision).