Homeowner Uses Doorbell Speaker to Spook Would-Be Burglar

By Jennifer Felten

The term “Internet of Things” (“IoT”) refers to the ever-growing network of physical objects that feature an IP address for internet connectivity, and the communication that occurs between these objects and other Internet-enabled devices and systems.  For the average household this means basically connecting many “smart devices” via the internet, typically via one’s home wi-fi network.  People use the IoT to control their coffeemaker for when it should start a pot of coffee in the morning, to check if their garage door is open, to turn on lights in their home or adjust their home’s thermostat remotely, all using “apps” on their smart phone.

A growing industry utilizing IoT is smart home security systems.  They are easy to install by the homeowner and can cost as much or as little as the home owner can afford.  The homeowner can add as many sensors and features as they want.

One homeowner in particular was happy he installed a smart doorbell.  His doorbell was connected to his home wi-fi system.  It contains a motion detector, video camera, and a speaker.  When the motion detector was triggered by someone at the front door of this home, the homeowner was alerted via an app on his smart phone.  He was able to use his smart phone to watch and record the video of who it was knocking on his front door.  Since the homeowner wasn’t home, no one opened the front door.  The stranger left, but returned a few minutes later with gloves on, again alerting the homeowner via the motion detector and smart phone app.  When the homeowner saw the stranger hop up onto his roof, he knew he had to act.  He used his smart phone to activate the speaker on the doorbell and scare off the stranger.  He then was able to call the local police department.

Even if the homeowner is home, they can see who is outside their front door without opening it.  This is a great security feature for single people who are home alone and worried about who’s on the other side of the door.  They can now see who is knocking and what they are doing without opening the door and granting access to whomever it is that is outside.

Each homeowner will have to do their own homework to determine what, if any, home security system is right for them.  However, there are some things all homeowners should do.  Always lock all doors and windows when away, but also recommended for when you are home, especially when it’s dark outside.  Advertise that you have an alarm system, even if you don’t have one.  It may deter many would be thieves.  At the minimum, get sensor lights that turn on when they sense motion, but also look into security cameras and other motion sensing technology to help keep you and your family as safe as possible.


Jennifer Felten

Jennifer Felten, Esq., Relaw Ms. Felten specializes in representing both individuals and legal entities, providing representation and guidance on a variety of real estate related matters.  Relaw APC 699 Hampshire Road, Suite 105 Westlake Village, CA  91361 US Phone: (805) 265-1031 or email her at: jennifer@relawapc.com

 

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