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Friday, September 1st, 2023 7:39 PM

Police can Jam your Video Doorbell and others

I just had an interaction where police visited my house and my doorbell camera was jammed the entire time they were there then immediately fixed once they walked away from the house. I didn't receive doorbell or video motion notifications for the whole time they were present and they rang the bell multiple times. None of this showed up and none of it exists in the timeline history either.

My understanding was that jamming signals isn't legal per the fcc? Is this something simplisafe allows or how does this work? Or do police just get ability to jam residential doorbells for some reason? 

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8 months ago

Hi @ric29 ,

Yes, technically jamming any form of communication is prohibited at the federal level. Though we're not able to comment on what your local police department does or is allowed to do.

That being said, the simpler explanation may be that your Video Doorbell was just coincidentally having connectivity issues at that time. If you haven't already, I would suggest going through our WiFi Troubleshooting guides, and reach out to our Support team for diagnostics and troubleshooting.

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