Want to know the pros and cons of a video doorbell vs CCTV system?  A recent report found that 1 in 4 smart-enabled homes now have a video doorbell, and it’s easy to see why.

Amazon’s Ring and Google’s Nest video doorbells are, for the most part, making life more convenient for UK homeowners. You can instantly see who is at your front door without having to leave your sofa.  Also, missed deliveries will be a thing of the past.

However, the main reason for purchasing a video doorbell, according to a survey by a leading analytics firm, is that they ‘provide feelings of security and peace of mind.’

Thinking of buying a video doorbell for this very reason?  In that case, you might be curious as to whether they provide the same level of security that comes with a CCTV system.

The short answer is ‘no’. Let’s take a look at some of the reasons why video doorbells are no match for a proper CCTV system.

Video Doorbells Reliant on WiFi

Modern video doorbells usually rely on WiFi. This means that if you lose your WiFi connection, you will not be able to view the video. With broadband outages being commonplace, your video doorbell unfortunately won’t always be working.

Also, if your WiFi signal is weak, your video may cut out often, meaning that your security will be compromised.

We will hard-wire your CCTV system to your electrics.  So, as long as there’s not a power cut, you can be sure that your system will be operational.

System Security of Video Doorbells vs CCTV

As the technology required for CCTV systems has been around for many years, they have been upgraded continually, and now provide total, reliable security.

On the other hand, video doorbells are in the early stages of development.  This means that they are still subject to a number of teething issues. Recently, Ring devices have suffered several high profile attacks, where confidential information has been accessed through vulnerabilities in the software.
Video doorbells use wireless to transfer data, and this leaves them open to attacks from signal jammers. Signal jamming will render your video doorbell completely useless.

Again, since CCTV systems don’t use wireless technology, this isn’t a problem.

Video Doorbells More Likely to be Damaged

CCTV cameras are usually positioned fairly high up. This gives them a broad view of the surrounding area. This means that criminals will find them harder to access, unlike video doorbells, which are very easy to vandalise.

Aside from purposeful vandalism issues, the very nature of video doorbells means that they are touched daily, and not just by fingers. Since the outbreak of COVID, people have started to use keys and other objects to press doorbells to avoid contact, resulting in damage to the device.

CCTV is a Better Crime Deterrent

Neither Ring nor Nest doorbells are advertised as ‘security devices’. There is virtually no concrete evidence to show that video doorbells reduce crime. In contrast, research has shown that would-be burglars found CCTV to be one of the biggest deterrents.

Can Video Doorbells Replace CCTV?

Whilst video doorbells are a great way to keep an eye on where Amazon have left your latest delivery, they don’t even come close to replacing a dedicated CCTV system.

For the best of both worlds, you could consider using a video doorbell alongside a CCTV system. Evolution CCTV and Electrical can install both CCTV systems and video doorbells for you quickly and at a competitive price.

This HikVision video doorbell works alongside our CCTV systems, as they both use the same user-friendly app. Give us a call on 01257 460332 for a chat, or contact us through the website for more information.