Travel is my favorite thing to do, so, of course, I do it as often as I can. This can often mean that I am away from home for days if not weeks at a time. After reading through many tech blogs, I found a great solution to keeping my apartment safe while I’m away. So, before my last trip I took to China, I decided to add some home security.
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A Little Background
Other than my constant traveling, adding home security was on my mind before my trip to China. When I moved into my new apartment recently, I had a terrible time getting my mail. The apartment building had individual mailboxes for small mail items like letters, but packages were either accepted at the office or left outside of the individual apartments. I order a lot of items online from places like Amazon in between my travel plans, and for some reason packages just stopped showing up (which is one of the reasons a lot of tech blogs say people buy apartment security systems .) I must have a huge file under my name at Amazon customer service, because I was calling so often to complain about packages not arriving.
Many of the items I ordered were for my next trip, so it was causing a problem. The apartment office manager (Jeff) kept telling me that he didn’t receive any packages for me, so I knew the packages must be getting left at my door. I didn’t want to believe that one of my new neighbors was stealing my packages, but that seemed to be the only answer to why my packages kept going missing. So this package problem just doubled my need for security while I was away, and a home security system seemed like a no-brainer.
Catching a Thief
I put one camera facing the outside of the door so it would catch anyone coming to my door on camera. Nothing happened the first couple of deliveries, but on my second day in China I had some downtime and decided to look at my phone and check out the footage. (I have night vision on my set up, nothing as high-tech as the Nocturnal Security Cameras I read about though.)
Sure enough, I caught someone stealing a package that had been delayed and sent after I left on my trek. The mail carrier dropped off two packages outside my door, stacked neatly against the door. Not five minutes later a door down the hall opened, and a teenager emerged. He walked up to my door, took one of the packages and disappeared back into the apartment down the hall. I was furious, but what could I do from where I was?
Well, since the security system was app-based, I had the entire event on camera. I emailed Jeff who was surprised. I didn’t want to press charges, so Jeff talked to the boy (who returned my package). Since then, management installed new secured locked boxes for each apartment instead of having packages left at individual doors.
I feel much safer now with our new lockboxes, but I keep my security system up for good measure. I still plan on doing a lot of traveling, so I’m better safe than sorry! Thanks Digital Addicts for the info! Gotta love finding solutions on tech blogs!
Until next time! Who knows where I’ll go. Have any ideas? Message me!