Until I have a sentry of robots or Mark Rober’s Glitter Bomb 2.0 guarding my mailbox, my big fear this time of year is leaving the house and missing a package delivery. I’m not paranoid, but I am an Amazon junkie, and my neighbors know from personal experience that front porch thefts are on the rise. Luckily, my order for an Arlo Wired Video Doorbell wasn’t stolen upon delivery.
It’s a hard-wired device that hooks up to your existing doorbell wiring to spy on whoever steps up to your door. When a movement triggers the motion detector, the Arlo immediate sends your smartphone a live, HD video alert with a 180-degree viewing angle. It has night vision too, so you can see what’s going on even without a porch light. Pre-recorded messages let you reply quickly, or you can respond with a live convo to fool lurkers into thinking you’re in the house, rather than across the country. It even protects itself with a siren that blares if the tiny camera is tampered with. It’s smarter than the average ambivalent teen, too, with artificial intelligence that gives specific reports for people, packages, vehicles and animals.
Next time a thief steals my Simpson’s fluffy slippers order, or my SpongeBob popcorn popper, I’ll be prepared to call 911 to let the mocking begin. To make sure I can hand over evidence to the police, Arlo’s cloud storage service keeps video clips accessible and transferable for 30 days.