Sandbox forum: Looking for a camera for my garden shed

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pattyclark
Mar 22, 2017 3:56 AM CST
Hey, guys, I have a garden shed in the back of my house. A few days ago I went to the shed to get some gardening tools but I couldn't find it. I never take them inside the house but I decided to search the house anyway. I searched the whole house right from the attic to the basement but I couldn't find them. The only plausible solution is that someone must have broken in while we were away and ran away with the tools. We were gone for a week and the burglar could have easily broken in. Luckily I bought a few spare tools and I am using that now until I buy something better. In the meanwhile, I am thinking about having a security camera installed so this wouldn't happen again. While doing a bit of research online I came across a blog ( https://cspalarms.ca/blog/secu... )that mentioned some of the difference between a wired and wireless camera. I am a rookie in this sort of thing and I really don't know which is better. If you guys could give me some suggestions. It would be great. I don't have any particular price range or brand either. I just want it to be effective and last long.
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ShadyGreenThumb
Mar 22, 2017 10:30 AM CST
I just installed 4 cameras nice . I'm not at home but ill get the info to you. Do you have electricity to plug them in? These work from a phone app and you get images on your phone.
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ShadyGreenThumb
Mar 22, 2017 10:35 AM CST
I think Amazon is trying to get rid of these. Its a good price. The box has Christmas wrap printed on it. But i know you can buy just one camera for about $30. They come plug in or battery operated

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plantmanager
Mar 22, 2017 10:40 AM CST
Cameras are good, but even when we've provided clear pics of intruders/burglars, law enforcement won't do a thing. It will let you know something is happening, but that is all. it also doesn't bother the intruders at all. Sometimes they break the camera, but normally just do their thing. Sad
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ShadyGreenThumb
Mar 22, 2017 10:45 AM CST
I have signs that go along with my camera, "Smile You're on Camera! " it's just a deterrent.
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ShadyGreenThumb
Mar 22, 2017 3:02 PM CST
OK, I'm back....if you want to have your cameras monitored by a security company, there is a monthly fee. My cameras are not monitored. Whenever there is movement in front of my cameras, I am notified by a bell on my phone. If something looks suspicious, I can call 911 even if I am away. In the mean time, a video is kept on my phone to help with the ID of the bad guy. In our area, they use the video systems to help convict.

I noticed the link you sent is in Canada. Are you in Canada? I am unfamiliar with systems there or if they monitor., Here in the US, Vivant is a popular company where you own your own cameras etc and they do the monitoring. Girlfriend has an old camera and monitoring system from Best Buy. She is only paying to receive indoor camera action, no monitoring. Her camera is top quality. But those pictures were screenshots off my phone while I was not at home. I think they suffice for what we are using them for. You just screw them in (or set the camera somewhere), plug it in and it goes.

I also have a KUNA light fixture. www.kuna.com It is a wired in porch light on a timer and a camera. It gives me notifications on my phone as well for when there is activity by the porch light. I can also turn the light on and off on using my phone. I can answer the door via speaker, or recorded message: "I can't come to the door right now. This is being recorded. Please leave a message." Or, "Hi Mary! I am upstairs. I'll be right there!!" They never need to know if I am home or not. DH is handicap and it takes him longer to get to the door. This way, he can see who is there and decided whether if he want to make the effort to answer the door. And with the cameras, he can watch to see if something serious enough is going on even from the bed and decide if something needs to be done.

BTW we don't live in a high crime area. Most of these cameras we installed for DH's convenience. It's one thing answering the door at 9 pm if you are on foot vs in a wheelchair. Or if he hears a noise outside, all he has to do it look at the app from where he is. And it's kind of nice when I am notified by Amazon (Both via camera and text) that a package has been delivered, and I can ask a neighbor to pick it up if I am not home. Hope this helps.

As far as police not wanting to use camera images, my feeling is that my cameras, two of which are indoors looking out of window, and the warning signs are deterrents. Most simple bad guys want no issues but just to get the goods and leave. They don't want to deal with dogs, scaling gates, or cameras, or security systems. I figure if they see all we have installed, they will just move on to the next target and skip us.
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McCannon
Mar 23, 2017 3:57 PM CST
We had a local auto break-in, caught on the owner's outdoor camera. The cops looked at the pictures and identified and arrested the perp. They have also used personal camera shots and video to solve other property crimes in our area. That may not be the case everywhere, but it should be.
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pattyclark
Mar 28, 2017 9:26 PM CST
Thanks a lot for your response guys. Smiling You made the search a lot more simpler.

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