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People love a viral Ring video, but sharing home security footage might be causing more harm than good

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WASHINGTON (CIRCA) — If you're on Facebook, you've probably seen at least one of the many viral videos taken from doorbells and security cameras in the last year.

While the videos may be entertaining, research has shown that they also make people think there's more crime than there actually is. Crime rates are historically low and have been on the decline for years. But according to pollster Scott Rasmussen, people are more worried about crime today than previous generations.

"We are a security-conscious nation," said Rasmussen. "About 95 percent of people lock the door every time they go outside. So, in addition to locking the door, you have a third of the people having some kind of home security system. I can't imagine a number of generations ago the number being anywhere near that high."

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Products like Ring and Nest cams make it easy for people to record and share their home security video online. One of the most popular places to upload security video is Nextdoor, a site most popular in suburban areas.

"Suburban residents are more likely to have a security system than urban residents," said Rasmussen. "And suburban and urban are more likely than rural to have a home security system."

While younger people are more likely to buy and use new security products and tech, according to Rasmussen, more millennials say they've been the victim of a home burglary than other generations.

"Younger people (are) far more likely to have doorbell cameras and security systems than older people," he said. "I think part of the reason is just because younger people are so much more comfortable with tech."

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