I am considering installing a Ring or Nest camera and door bell. My question is if for some reason, the internet goes offline and if during that time, these devices are stolen as has happened to other's (but they were lucky that it got recorded).

My question is, if after stealing, when the thief bring these device online and try to reset, will I get the video up to the point when it was stolen? Or the thief will be able to rest and I never get the video of recording as these people are able to do.

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    "How to secure security camera itself?" Security fasteners that can not be unscrewed with common tools.
    – Alaska Man
    Apr 22 '20 at 19:14
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    Alaska - I believe his real question is about the availability of the recording if the internet is down and the Ring is stolen. Not how to secure the Ring or Nest. Apr 22 '20 at 19:19
  • The title of the question is not worded properly and does not reflect what the actual question is. I am aware of the actual question, I just love to point how how Words are important.
    – Alaska Man
    Apr 22 '20 at 19:28
  • This is a great question to put to the manufacturer or ask on Amazon
    – Ack
    Apr 23 '20 at 0:15

For the Ring, You will be able to get any recording up to the time the internet went down. Others were able to get to the point of being stolen because the internet was up and the recording is actively being uploaded for any motion.
Resetting and using on a different account does not erase previously recorded motion on your account. From your account, you will see what was recorded up to the point of the internet going down.

  • thanks, so there is no mechanism in the device that will keep the recording locally stored while internet is offline and upload when internet becomes available
    – puzzled
    Apr 22 '20 at 19:29
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    Not based on the description you described. Even if the 'store and forwarded' capability existed, your wifi would no longer be available after the theft. A reset would wipe out any memory of a previous wifi connection. Apr 22 '20 at 20:01
  • with store and forward, when the reset is done, if ring firmware forces that the internet access be set and at that time the ring system can forward that particular recording
    – puzzled
    Apr 22 '20 at 20:03
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    You are over-analyzing the problem. The straight answer is provided in my Ans. No recording available after the internet is down and Ring is stolen. Apr 22 '20 at 20:14
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    @puzzled What you want is in conflict. On one hand, you want the most famous, dumbed-down turnkey product. On the other hand, you want a specialty requirement that's too sophisticated for turnkey/dumbed-down. You would have to knock this together out of more specialized stuff. Micro-PC running Linux, and a USB memory stick buried in a wall. You may have to either sacrifice some glitz, or have two camera systems. Apr 22 '20 at 20:20

It seems like a possible concern here is that a thief cuts the wires to the cable internet or cuts power to the house before breaking in and stealing the cameras.

You can address these two aspects by doing the following:

  1. Set up a wifi hotspot which uses cellular data (may require an additional cellular data plan) for internet and connect all your wifi cameras to this hotspot. This protects against a thief cutting the cable and stealing the camera before the footage can be uploaded.

  2. Run the wifi hotspot off of an uninterruptible power supply strong enough to provide power in the event power to your home is lost (and do the same for the cameras, or ensure they have some other form of battery backup available).

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