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Video Doorbell vs. Security Camera

During uncertain and changing times, we know you’re not only concerned about home security and crime, but your health as well. At Boyd & Associates, we’re working to keep our offices sanitized and serving our customers over the phone. We’re also committed to providing that extra sense of security that security cameras and video doorbells can provide.

If you’re still choosing between these options, here’s a look at the pros and cons of each to ensure you get the right protection against home burglary, porch pirates, and other threats:

Video Doorbell: Security Camera Built into the Doorbell 

Pros:

  • User-Friendliness: The average consumer can easily use a video doorbell. It runs independently of other equipment and has an intuitive user interface, so is simple to operate and maintain.

 

  • Affordability: Less expensive than a complete security system, it is cheap to purchase and install and requires only one device to be set up.

 

  • Wide-Angle Lens: A wide field of view means you can see people approaching from different angles. Increased coverage means videos can let you identify individuals and motion as someone gets nearby.

 

  • Motion Detection Recording: The camera can start broadcasting images and video footage in response to motion, in addition to turning on when someone rings the bell.

Cons:

  • Limited Application: A video doorbell camera has a fixed field of view and is suited for a single application, such as monitoring your front or patio door.

 

  • Wide-Angle Distortions: The device distorts images at close range because the wide-angle lens is designed to capture as much detail as possible.

Security Camera

Pros:

  • More Coverage: A complete wireless security camera system can provide coverage inside and outside your home. Multiple cameras can be installed and connected so you get more coverage around your property.

 

  • Customization: Cameras can be placed and positioned depending on the areas you want to monitor. There are also housings and mounts available to help protect them. In addition to monitoring and sending alerts, these cameras can be hidden or more visible to help deter potential burglars.

 

  • Better Quality: A surveillance camera system typically offers higher resolution images and improved IR capabilities. The footage captured by a wireless CCTV camera is generally more useful, while the camera’s design is more vandal resistant.

 

  • More Storage: More data storage resources and options mean you can capture and store video footage from multiple cameras, maximizing the benefits you get from the technology.

Cons:

  • Risk Some Personal Privacy: Surveillance cameras are always on the watch, so in addition to burglary, package theft, and other crimes, they’re watching you and your family as well.

 

  • Complex System: The complexity of various components working together can make a surveillance camera system more difficult to install and use. However, a benefit is they can integrate with a smartphone or other mobile device.

 

  • Higher Price Tag: Complete systems are more expensive than other consumer home security equipment. A basic start-up system may be more affordable, but there’s no way around the expense of higher-end systems.

Boyd & Associates Is Open for Business

At Boyd & Associates, we are open for business and continuing to provide vital services to the community. Exempt from the Stay-at-Home mandate, we’re as committed as ever to helping area homes and businesses be safe and secure. Review our coronavirus (COVID-19) update and call us at 805-321-6664 for information or assistance with home security and automation systems, commercial security, and patrol services.

FREE Video Doorbell When You Switch from Spectrum to Boyd and Associates Security!

Spectrum, a cable company that provides home security services for customers, has announced its home security service will be discontinued on February 5th, 2020. Although this won’t affect Internet, television, and telephone services, anyone using Spectrum security equipment and services must switch to another provider. Boyd & Associates is a trusted home security business that provides total home security solutions.

Switch Your Service Now

Boyd & Associates is urging people to set up an appointment before Spectrum’s service ends on February 5th. The company is offering a free video doorbell to any customer that switches from Spectrum—this offer ends by 2/29/20.

How Our Service Compares

With Spectrum’s security system, users can remotely view live video feeds from home security cameras, lock and unlock doors remotely, and much more. The company’s system conveniently uses the customer’s Internet access, cable connection, and wireless router. Spectrum has offered these services since its parent company, Charter Communications Inc., acquired Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks in May 2016.

Boyd & Associates offers a complete home security solution that includes a 21st century burglar alarm system, fire and carbon monoxide alarms, and 24/7 alarm monitoring. Our UL Listed monitoring station will respond even if you’re not home, and also if the power goes out. Each security device we use has a built-in cellular connection and backup battery, so your home is always protected.

Like Spectrum’s security service, our advanced controls let you manage thermostats, locks, and lights. We offer a fully functional, full-color touchscreen, while you can access your security system from a mobile device as well. Advanced HD security cameras are also available. They automatically record live video when triggered, so you can watch 20-second video clips and receive alerts and notifications wherever you are.

How Do I Make the Switch?

Switching from Spectrum to Boyd & Associates is easy. Plus, Boyd & Associates has been serving homeowners since 1967, so you can rely on us to continue providing the protection and service you need. We offer many ways to connect your alarm system. If you’re used to having your security systems linked to your Internet and cellular connection, we can provide the same convenient connectivity.

Act now and we’ll provide all the home security equipment you need. You can also receive help with installation, repairs, and updates from our dedicated support team. Our customer care department is extremely attentive and can address all your questions and concerns.

Don’t Wait to Set Up Your Security

If your security company is leaving you unprotected, switch to Boyd & Associates now. We’ll even throw in a free video doorbell if you sign up by 2/29/20. But don’t wait too long… Spectrum is ending its security service on February 5th!

Request a free quote online or call us at 800-381-2693 now!