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DENVER -- Home break-ins are on the rise in the metro area, up anywhere from 10 percent to 15 percent from a year ago in several communities. That’s one reason more people are turning to technology to keep their families safe.

A new, high-tech doorbell allows homeowners to answer the door from thousands of miles away.

Video doorbells alert a homeowner’s phone whenever someone rings the doorbell. An app then allows the homeowner to see and speak with whoever is outside.

“If someone rings the doorbell, it will say there’s a doorbell ring and you answer it. No matter where I am I can see it, even if I’m at the grocery store, so long as I can get to my phone,” said a Centennial homeowner who once was the victim of a break-in. “You feel totally traumatized and violated. I mean, it's the worst thing in the world."

Most of the systems cost less than $200, which is why many see it as a cheaper alternative to a full home security system. But security experts said it’s just one component consumers should consider.

Jeff Schucker with Reliable Home Security in Denver said 65 percent of home break-ins happen through the front door and most often in broad daylight.

"It's not uncommon for someone to ring the doorbell and just wait and see if someone answers,” he said. “Give it one or two kicks and you’re in and it’s closed and it’s quick.”

Most systems also include motion sensors, meaning a thief doesn’t have to ring the doorbell for it to start recording video.

“When the bus goes by in the afternoon for the kids, I get a little ring,” Brown said.

It’s a game changer in the home security industry, providing peace of mind for homeowners whether they’re inside the residence or not.