I was chatting with someone in a nearby subdivision that has become the happy hunting ground for porch pirates.
She had an expensive item go missing and was furious because tracking showed it as delivered.
When the post office told her it had been delivered, she thought the delivery person had stolen it. Everyone who commented on her post held the same opinion. It was delivery personnel but porch pirates. Unfortunately, her subdivision with its huge, beautifully-landscaped lots is perfect for stealing something without being seen by the homeowner or the neighbors.
I suggested she get a Ring Doorbell. My daughter has one. It's motion activated and chimes loudly without anyone actually pressing the doorbell.
There are many versions available, and they can connect to an Alexa device if you have one.
They're a relatively low-cost way to monitor what's happening at your front door. I like that my daughter can talk to someone at the door by simply saying, "Alexa, talk to the front door."
You don't have to have an Alexa. You can do the same thing with your phone, a tablet, or a computer.
It works on any home, with or without existing doorbell wires, and you can monitor your home in HD video with infrared night vision.
No matter where you might be, you can check on your property with Live View on-demand video.
I didn't know this, but it includes Lifetime Theft Protection. If your Ring Doorbell gets stolen, they'll replace it for free.
Fortunately, I live in a gated community so that has not become a problem here, and I hope it doesn't. If it is a problem where you live, one of the Ring Doorbells is probably the best low-cost, effective solution.