Ring Alarm, an Amazon-owned smart security company, has recently added a new video doorbell to its line-up. For doors with peepholes, the Door View Cam lets customers see and speak to visitors remotely through the Ring— Always Home app. The camera also has an impact sensor which will alerts users even if someone knocks on their doors instead of ringing the actual doorbells. The Door View Cam is compatible with any door with a peephole that’s between 24 and 55 mm thick. Powered by a rechargeable battery, the Door View Cam involves DIY installation. Its specifications include:
- 1080p HD video display
- 155 degree field of view
- Two-way audio
- Integration with Amazon Alexa
- Cloud and local storage with Ring Protect Plan.
Joining the Ring Video Doorbell 2, the Door View Cam is Ring’s first doorbell camera for peepholes, intended to be used with apartments or renters. Its cost is $199, making it more expensive than the Ring Video Doorbell 2 but less expensive than the Ring Video Doorbell Pro.
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1 in 4 Homeowners Have Been Burglarized, Says Study
Over a fourth of American homeowners have been burglarized, according to a study that Ring commissioned. Of those who have been burglarized, one-fourth of the burglaries occurred in the past two years, while another 30% of homeowners claimed that someone in their neighborhood had been burglarized in the past year. The average cost of the stolen goods was $2,000 per burglary, while 5% of the study’s participants lost over $5,000.
In a Southern California town, Ring provided 500 video doorbells to homeowners, which according to the company reduced property crime by 55%. The homeowners were also given crime and safety alerts, available on the Ring— Always Home app and with the Door View Cam. As 75% of the study’s respondents said that crime is a problem that they face, investing in a video doorbell may be a way to curtail crime, burglaries in particular.