It doesn’t seem so long ago that CCTV systems were just for large business premises and warehouses. Now it has become quite normal to see home CCTV systems with small cameras watching the front and back of houses.
The technology for doorbells and door entry systems has also advanced greatly in recent years. This has resulted in video door entry systems being suitable for all homes and flats, not just very expensive properties. This technology has also become cost-effective so that it is a viable option for everybody.
Video Door Entry System Benefits
1. Personal Security
The main benefit of a video door entry system has over an audio door entry system is that you can view the person at your door.
If you live in a flat and someone buzzes an audio system asking to get in because they are reading electricity meters you have to let them in on trust but it could actually be a burglar looking for somewhere to easy to gain entry. With a video entry system, you can see their uniform and ask to see their ID badge before letting them in.
Elderly people or people living on their own, even in houses and bungalows, find they feel more confident answering the door if they can see who it is first.
In the past, common tenement stairs were often open with no front door. This meant that litter could blow in or people could hang around in the close. Having either an audio or video door entry system makes it far easier to keep your communal areas clean and tidy with no litter or vandalism.
3. Ease of Use
Again, modern technology means that homeowners can either view the person at the door via a handset located in their home or on an App on their phone. The benefits of being able to see the person from your phone are vast.
An elderly or disabled person can buzz in a family member or carer without leaving their chair.
Perhaps, more useful for a business, but you can give someone entry when you aren’t there. In the case of a business, they may give access to delivery drivers at a non-manned door while they sit at the main reception.
Some systems have motions sensors so your phone will alert you when you are out if someone is at your door. This could be a potential burglar.
4. Home Security
Just as burglar alarms and security cameras can put off a potential burglar, so can a video door entry system. Why stand at a door where you can be seen and identified when you can try a block of flats up the road that just has an audio door entry system? Also, if the homeowners have gone to the bother of installing a video door entry system, then what other security measures have they installed?
Just remember, for any door entry system to work and give you these benefits you need to follow the following basic rules:
- Always ensure you shut the door properly after leaving or entering the building.
- Do not jam the door open or leave it on the snib unless you are actually at the door doing something.
- Don’t let someone in just because they say they are going to a neighbour who hasn’t answered.
Burglars will make the most of your carelessness.