Tools and Stuff forum: Security Guards Vs Monitoring System

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carolp
Sep 29, 2016 12:32 AM CST
I own a garden which is pretty big and has got many expensive plants. Yesterday I caught a lady stealing flowers from my garden. I cannot tolerate it considering the amount of time , energy and money I invest in my garden. I am planning to get it monitored. Am confused whether to go for security guards or monitoring system. Suggest me a reliable security system? Meanwhile I saw one security company vancouver , optimum security (http://optimumsecurity.ca/security-services/). Any one who knows their services? Any suggestions and experiences, feel free to chime in? Smiling
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RickCorey
Oct 3, 2016 12:33 PM CST
I imagine that hiring a security company to monitor your garden might be rather expensive. I guess they would need motion sensors and cameras? Would the goal be to get pictures of trespassers and prosecute, or for the guard company to send out a car to chase people away? Or give them a loudspeaker to tell the person to leave or be prosecuted?

It might be less expensive to set up a motion-activated light. If someone has just trespassed into your yard, and then they see a light come on, aimed at them, they might get the idea they are not welcome.

If you have a camera to go with the light, and it's your neighbors, you would get to have some uncomfortable conversations.

Do you have signs up saying "do not enter" or "no trespassing"? Those will deter some people, and I think they are necessary if you plan to prosecute. Probably the only crime you could charge them with is trespassing, since "plant theft" puts the burden on you to prove significant financial loss.

Or you could think of people as being like deer and rabbits. Put up a fence to hold all the No Trespassing signs.

One guy in Montana was surrounded by neighbors who had no interest in his vegetables even when he offered to give them away. Then he saw some kids eagerly eating cherry tomatoes he had planted along his property edge.

Next year, he planted 2-3 times as many cherry tomatoes along that line! (But those are very different from elegant flowers with care lavished upon them. And he wanted to give them away, but only the kids appreciated fresh tomatoes (not their parents). )
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madcratebuilder
Oct 25, 2016 9:49 AM CST
Motion detector activated video cameras. Monitoring a outdoor space can be a challenge.
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