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Watch: See how a doorbell can catch troublemakers in the act

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CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) -

Gone are the days of the original doorbell.

There’s a new high-tech way to see and talk to whoever’s at your door -- even if you're not home.

Ring Video Doorbell can alert you when someone presses the button on your doorbell or when motion is detected. Videos posted to Ring's YouTube channel show the high-tech device catching troublemakers, a surprise party and even a bear roaming around users' front doors.

"To be able to see who's at your door anywhere in the world and have a two-way communication with them gives you a lot of security," said West Chester Police Chief Joel Herzog.

Chief Herzog said it could be a helpful if your house is the target of a daytime burglar.

"A lot of times our daytime burglars will come up ring the doorbell or knock on the door, see if anybody is home," Chief Herzog said.

The video below appears to show someone snatch a package right off someone’s porch.

The doorbell’s accompanying Ring App connects to your home Wi-Fi network and sends real-time notifications to your smart phone or tablet when someone is at your door.

Steve and Dora Weis, both of Springboro, are one of several hundred thousand U.S. families already using the new high-tech home device.

They credit the app for catching a suspicious on their porch in the middle of the night.

“When we heard the doorbell go off, we went to check the app and we saw the hooded face" Dora said.

Ring Video Doorbells operate on battery power or hooked up to your home doorbell wiring.

The device costs about $200.

Videos recorded by the device are saved for up to six months. Those videos, Chief Herzog said, could be useful for police investigations.

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