Want to keep
from stealing your deliveries? If you have certain Ring devices, you've got a nifty feature that can help: package alerts. Last year, Ring rolled out porch pirates package alerts to select , beginning with its video doorbell cameras and Video Doorbell Pro 2 Video Doorbell (2020). This feature is designed to let users know when a package arrives and to monitor the package in case of . theft
To use package alerts, you'll first have to be a
, which costs anywhere Ring Protect subscriber from $3 per month to $20 per month, depending on whether you just want cloud storage for a single video device or you're paying for professional monitoring for your security system. offers the feature free with its latest video doorbell, and Google Nest Arlo's subscription is comparable to Ring's.
The other consideration here is Ring's political baggage: The Amazon-owned company has
between customers and police. A few recent feature additions, however, have allowed more flexibility for Ring users -- letting them a messy history of facilitating footage sharing , encrypt video and store and process it locally . Ring is also so on to request footage; instead such requests happen in public posts on Ring's Neighbors app. no longer helping police contact customers directly
With all those considerations out of the way, if you still want to activate package alerts on your compatible Ring video doorbells, here's how to do it. (For more home security tips, find out
, and the best places to put home security cameras you can buy.) the best cheap home security systems How to set up Ring package alerts
1. Open the Ring app.
2. Tap the hamburger menu in the top-left corner, then select
3. Select your compatible video doorbell (the Video Doorbell (2020) or Doorbell Pro 2).
Motion Settings, then Smart Alerts.
5. Under the Package section, select the video icon.
6. Set up your package zone, and select the alerts icon.
7. You can customize the package zone and sensitivity on this screen.
8. And you're done!
Once you're set up, you may want to test the feature to make sure it's sending you notifications properly. If not, follow the directions once more to make sure you didn't miss any steps.
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