Stranger at the door? Here’s how to stay safe.

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March 05 2020

Stranger at the door? Here’s how to stay safe.

As children, one of the first lessons we’re taught is stranger danger. Don’t reveal information about yourself, don’t take sweets and definitely don’t answer the door.

But it doesn’t end in childhood, many of us are scared to answer the door to strangers even when we have kids ourselves. And rightly so, a huge 74% of burglars break in through the front door* - most knocking first to see if anyone’s home.

So, how do we stay safe when a stranger is at the door? There’s always old-school chain locks and peep holes, letting you see who’s at the door without giving them the opportunity to get through it.

But technology has gone even further. We can now see who’s there and talk to them without ever opening our front door - even if we’re not home.

The Video Doorbell

Doorbell cameras let us see exactly who we’re dealing with at the ring of a bell – or even a step through the gate. With some video doorbells you can set up a perimeter around your home and get alerted when someone crosses it, wherever you are.

In fact, smart doorbell cameras have a range of features that fit around your lifestyle. Two-way audio means you can chat to the person at the door, while watching them on the camera, without ever going near the door.

Most cameras also record any interactions so you can share it with police if you encounter a suspicious character. Plus, night vision gives a clear picture, so burglars can’t hide under the cover of darkness.

There are plenty of doorbell cameras on the market to choose from. Find out more about our Smart Home Video Doorbell here and get in touch if you have any questions.

* https://www.express.co.uk/life-style/property/1032784/home-security-burglar-proof-break-ins-tips

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