Top Reasons to Install in a Video Doorbell :
The Double Take

Smart home technology is gaining popularity for a variety of reasons to include convenience. Many devices and tech products are controlled by an app on your connected smart device, which means you have total control and can remotely monitor your home from wherever you are. Smart homes can be equipped with just about any smart technology from thermostats to lights, irrigation systems, deadbolts, and more. One of the most popular smart home technology products on the market, however, remains to be video doorbells.

While many people have complete home security systems, a good majority of those who don’t, still opt for a smart doorbell. In one of our previous posts, we offered a few good reasons you should invest in a smart doorbell, and in today’s post, we will explore just a few of the reasons every home should have a video doorbell installed.

Installation and Ease of Use

While some people may be hesitant to invest in smart home technology because it is overcomplicated and requires professional installation and maintenance, smart doorbells are surprisingly simple! The Bosma Sentry Doorbell can be installed by the average user in about 10 minutes and connects to any smartphone through an easy to use app. Because it is not hardwired into your home, you can leave your existing doorbell in place and quickly uninstall the doorbell and take it with you when you move. It really doesn’t get much easier!

Key takeaways:

  • Bosma Sentry doorbell is easy to install — no professional installation required!
  • Controlled through an app available on any smartphone.


Unlike many home security systems or monitoring devices, video doorbells are relatively inexpensive. For instance, the Bosma Sentry video doorbell is a one-time cost of $139.99! There is no monthly maintenance or monitoring fee unless you upgrade to include Bosma Assist, in which case there is an annual fee of between $19.99 to $69.99 — still cheaper than the theft of a single average online order package! Bosma Sentry also features additional optional add on modules, including the PIR motion detector with a price tag of $9.99, and our fingerprint scanner module that carries a total cost of $19.99. The total combined cost of Sentry smart doorbell with all the add-ons and the best version of Bosma Assist pro rings in at less than the cost of the average installation of a professional home security system, without the monitoring contract.

Key takeaways:

  • Get the entire Bosma Sentry video doorbell + additional modules + 1 year Bosma Assist Pro subscription for $239.96.
  • Save money on home insurance!


There is something to be said about the convenience of any smart home product, and the video doorbell is no different. Homeowners around the nation agree that the features offered by a smart doorbell are invaluable. Just a few of the features that make your life easier include:

  • Silent doorbell charm — never disturb the dog or sleeping baby again!
  • Notifications to connect your smartphone wherever you are
  • Package delivery notification
  • Two-way talk communication allows you to converse with visitors
  • Get notified before visitors reach the doorstep
  • Theft detection and optional siren
  • Facial recognition detects friends and authorized visitors

Key takeaways:

  • Just open the smartphone app to see who’s at your door.
  • Monitor from inside your home or from across the world!

Pair With Other Devices

As we mentioned previously, one of the major advantages of smart video doorbells like the Bosma Sentry smart doorbell is the ability to pair it with other devices to integrate as a complete home security system. Sentry video doorbell features direct compatibility with the Aegis smart lock to enable fingerprint access and complete coverage of entryway. Connect as many devices as you’d like or your home warrants.

Devices that the Sentry smart doorbell works with includes: 

Just want the convenience and simplicity of a video doorbell? That’s okay, too!

Prevent Crime

While the verdict is still out as to whether or not video footage from smart doorbells can be used as evidence for crimes attempted or committed, there is no denying that the sheer presence of cameras at the door is often enough to prevent crime. Many communities use video doorbells to monitor neighborhood activities and rely on the PIR motion detection for notification of activities and the built-in siren to scare off evil-doers. Of particular interest, when a would-be criminal notices a video camera at the front door, they are less likely to break into your home or steal packages off your property. In addition to being able to monitor your front porch, you can use the doorbell to prevent scams and solicitors from making a getaway with your hard-earned money by answering the door, virtually. Using the two-way real-talk features of the Bosma Sentry doorbell, the visitor will have no idea whether you are home or not. 

Crimes that a video doorbell may help prevent include:

  • Grand theft auto
  • Larceny
  • Vandalism
  • Burglary
  • Stalking
  • Porch pirating

It is important that when using your video doorbell, you do so legally. Know the laws in your state and other important legal issues, tune in to our post on the topic.

How Video Cameras Have Protected Homeowners: True Stories

Florida Woman and Children Assault Rifle Near Miss

In 2018, a Florida woman was awoken by her video doorbell notifying her of activity on her front lawn. Accessing the live video footage on her phone and seeing her neighbor in a bulletproof vest and yielding an assault rifle, her and her children sought refuge in the bathroom and alerted authorities. Due to the silent notification, the man never knew the family was awake or was able to seek safety as he looked for a way to enter the home.

California Woman Spots a Stalker

After weeks of feeling like things were off at her townhome, a Cantil woman invests in a video doorbell. On just the second night, she gets an alert of motion near her front porch around 11pm and sees a man on the live video footage. Because of the clear image, she was able to tell it was her coworker of more than three years attempting to peek into her windows. She sounded the built-in siren and was able to use the footage to obtain a restraining order the following day. 

Neighbor’s Video Camera Captures High Profile Missing Person Answers

Homeowners in Weld County, Colorado, were notified of activity in the wee hours of the morning, 2018. Unable to capture a clear view of their neighbor’s driveway, the couple was still able to offer the footage that was used in questioning that led to a confession of familicide and body disposal. 

Wandering Senior Rescued

In 2017, a silver alert was issued for an Alzheimer’s patient who had eloped from a nearby respite center. An hour later, a nearby homeowner was alerted of a presence on her porch and was stunned to find the elderly gentleman taking a break in her porch rocking chair.  

Minnesota Woman Avoids Freezing to Death

A Minnesota woman stepped outside with her dog early one January morning to realize she had locked herself out. Without keys, cellphone, or a jacket, she began to panic. Until she remembered the video doorbell and alerted her husband who was already on his way to work. Seeing the notification, he turned around and was able to let his wife in. They invested in a smart deadbolt shortly after the incident! 

Video Doorbell Footage Used to Track Missing Child

A Toronto family was terrified to discover their 4 year old autistic son was missing and the front door was open. Quick thinking led to authorities requesting any footage showing the child from all of the neighbors’ video doorbells. The child was discovered hours later in a treehouse down the street, blissfully unaware of the pending Amber alert that had been issued. 

Why Choose Bosma Sentry Video Doorbell

At Bosma, we know that you’ve got choices. The home security market is rich with quality smart products that offer a variety of features. When you shop with Bosma, you aren’t obligated to purchase a string of products, hire a professional electrician, or purchase a monitoring subscription. Our video doorbell is easy to install and works seamlessly with Alexa and other smart home devices. With unparalleled customer service and tech support, we are convinced you will rest easier knowing that you made the right choice!