Do Ring and Nest Doorbells Get Stolen?

Researched & Written by Craig

Are you considering investing in a video doorbell?

Then you’re not alone, as homeowners across the nation are doing just that as we speak. But what can you do if you’re worried about your smart bell being stolen? This article will show you what you can do to prevent smart bell theft.

Do Ring and Nest doorbells get stolen? It is unusual, but unfortunately, sometimes they do. A thief can unscrew the bell from its mounting bracket and take it. But the thief won’t be able to view or tamper with your Nest footage without your password.

Smart bells are pricey, up to a couple of hundred dollars each! So, I’m sure you’re keen to do whatever you can to stop yours from being pocketed by opportunists. That is why this article will show you what you can do to protect your video bell from thieves. It will also show you what you should do if yours has already been stolen.

Do Ring and Nest Doorbells Get Stolen?

A video bell is a special piece of equipment that gives you an extra layer of security for your home. It allows you to see who’s at your door before you even answer it. This saves you time answering nuisance calls from door to door salespeople and the like. It also helps you to keep an eye on your property while you’re out. So, if your smart bell is removed from your front door, it’s really frustrating.

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Smart bells are useful to decide if you should answer the door or not, you can also keep watch of your property while away

Luckily, there is not much that thieves can do with your Ring or Nest doorbell once they’ve taken it. Both doorbells are built with safety features that protect the content inside it if it’s stolen. Take a look at some of the safety features in Ring and Nest doorbells below:

Ring Doorbell Security Features Nest Doorbell Security Features
●     Ring offers tamper-free covers for some of their video bell models. These covers have a locking mechanism that deters theft.

●     Ring video bells can be linked to other Ring home security items. These can be set to turn on simultaneously when motion is detected outside your door. These items provide your home with an extra boost of security. You can link your Ring bell with the following security items:

○     Ring Smart Lighting

○     Ring Security Cams

●     Ring doorbells come with at least a 155° degree wide-angle lens and night vision. These produce high-quality videos that you can give to the police. These videos help them identify thieves.

●     Ring bells are designed with hidden security screws. These screws make it tricky for a thief to remove the bell from the mounting bracket.

 

●     Nest Hello bells can not be connected to different accounts. Your bell will always belong to your account. So if your bell is stolen, it cannot be used by anyone else.

●     Each Nest bell is linked to their chime connector. Without that, the bell will not work. This makes Nest bell thievery completely pointless.

●     An intruder cannot get into your Nest account or tamper with your footage without your password.

●     All your Nest video footage stores itself safely in your Nest video cloud.

●     Nest doorbells have a 130° degree wide-angle lens and night vision. You can give the HD video to the police to help them identify thieves.

●     Nest bells are designed with hidden security screws. These screws would make it tricky for a thief to remove the bell from the mounting bracket.

Video bell theft is all too real! Take a look at this video to see just what you’re up against.

How To Prevent your Ring/Nest Doorbell Being Stolen

You no doubt feel more at ease after reading the safety features that come with Ring and Nest doorbells. But, of course, prevention is better than the cure. So, you may be wondering if there are any extra steps that you can take to protect your video bell from theft.

Listed below are some of the things you can do to prevent video bell theft on your property. Take a look.

Install Warning Signs

Most thieves target houses where they don’t think that anyone is going to be watching them. Video bells such as Ring and Nest come with discreet cameras. Inexperienced thieves may overlook these cameras and be enticed onto your property.

Installing a warning card will tell thieves that your property is being recorded. This should deter them from trying to get both at your property and your bell. You should install the warning card at the entrance of the property where it is visible from the street.

Carefully Follow the Installation Instructions

When installed, it’s hard to dismantle a Ring or Nest doorbell. This is because they are firmly fixed to their mounting brackets. The bell’s screws and wires are hidden when they’re snapped into the mounting brackets.

Even still, the careful installation of your bell can further heighten its security. For example, you should install the bell in a secure place. You should install it flush on the wall in a place where there are no gaps between the mounting bracket and the wall. Even the small gap where one brick meets another could give a thief enough room to wedge your bell off of the wall. So, always install it over a level surface.

Protective Covers

Both Ring and Nest sell protective covers that you can place over your bell for added security. Listed below are some of the protective covers that are available.

Ring Doorbell Protective Covers Nest Doorbell Protective Covers
●     Silicone cases are available that fit snug over the bell. These cases hide the brand of your doorbell making it less attractive to thieves. The silicone cases do not obstruct the camera’s vision.

●     Tamper-proof covers are also for sale and completely cover the doorbell. These cases have a unique locking mechanism that deters thieves. They can be secured with a security key or even a padlock. While the security key comes with the tamper-proof cover the padlock does not. This is an optional add-on that you would have to buy separately.

●     Silicone cases are available that fit snug over the bell. These cases hide the brand of your doorbell making it less attractive to thieves. The silicone cases do not obstruct the camera’s vision.

 

 

What to Do After A Theft

What if you followed all the steps mentioned above but your video doorbell has still been stolen? What steps should you take after a theft?

Yep, there are some seriously determined thieves out there. They are hellbent on taking your video bell no matter how many deterrents you set up on your property. So, you will be happy to know that both Ring and Nest doorbells come with a free replacement bell policy.

This policy is valid when the bells are installed in the US or Canada. But there are a few things you must do to validate the policy and apply for your replacement bell. Take a look at the steps below:

What To Do If Your Ring Doorbell Is Stolen What To Do If Your Nest Doorbell Is Stolen
  1. File a police report. Provide the police with any video footage you have of the theft.
  2. Take pictures of the damage.
  3. Request a copy of the police report.
  4. Contact Ring by filling out the Report Theft form with your copy of the police report. After filling out the form, you should receive a replacement bell within 14 business days.
  1. File a police report. Provide the police with any video footage you have of the theft.
  2. Request a copy of the police report.
  3. Contact Nest with your copy of your police report.

Conclusion

Although it is unlikely, it’s not impossible for your video bell to be stolen. And once it’s gone, it leaves your house unprotected by a really great security feature. I hope this article has shown you some of the steps you can take to protect your video bell from thieves. I’m sure it has also shown you what to do if your video bell is stolen.

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Have a great day!

-Craig