Stop package theft now: These smart home devices can protect your deliveries – La Crosse Tribune

December 24, 2021 by No Comments

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As deliveries begin to roll in ahead of the holiday season, it’s prime time for porch pirates to swipe unprotected packages off of doorsteps. A number of strategies can foil their evil plans, and bringing a few smart home gadgets into play is high on the list.

Americans are estimated to spend $63 billion online for holiday shopping this season. But package theft could cost shoppers and retailers significant time and money. However, you can take some measures to ensure the safety of your packages. The proliferation of smart home devices means you can monitor deliveries from your phone. Here are three great security devices that will help ensure that your packages get to you.

Arlo Video Doorbell

The hardwired Arlo Video Doorbell has a high-definition resolution, a live video feed, motion alerts. (Tyler Lizenby/CNET/TNS)

CNET TAKE: Connected buzzers work in much the same way as traditional security cameras. The hardwired Arlo Video Doorbell has high-definition resolution, a live video feed, motion alerts and more — for a super reasonable price. Subscribe to the Arlo Smart cloud service for access to advanced motion alerts that differentiate between people, animals, cars and packages. You can also look back at your video footage with Arlo Smart to help neighbors and law enforcement (if necessary) identify who snagged your holiday deliveries.

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The Arlo Video Doorbell is our current top pick in the category.

Arlo Pro 4

With an Arlo Pro 4 subscription, you can use two-way talk to scare off would-be porch pirates. (Arlo/CNET/TNS)

CNET TAKE: The Arlo Pro 4 is smart and feature-rich, with 2K video resolution, a built-in spotlight for nighttime deterrence, a surprisingly loud siren and all the smarts of the company’s video doorbell. With a subscription, you can look back at recorded events, get alerts and use two-way talk to scare off would-be porch pirates.

It’s our top pick in the smart security camera category.

Ring Mailbox Sensor




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