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Old 03-18-2015, 01:52 AM   #81
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I hope this isn't considered hijacking Mikes thread, just seemed unnecessary to start a new one on home security cameras from Costco.
Installed mine 2 years ago, QSee, 8 camera 600TVL, 16 channel, 1 TB

(I just cut and pasted the below from what I posted on my FB page for local friends and neighbors, sorry for the extraneous detail).

On Sunday, March 15 at approx 9:45pm, I just happened to glance at my security camera monitor and saw a truck pull up in front of my home (after reviewing the video I found that the truck drove south to the end of the street, turned around and slowly drove back up). I did not see anyone get out and they flashed the headlights twice. I thought this was unusual so I went into the garage to get a closer view through the window. The driver turned the headlights off and got out of the truck.

I was concerned he could see me since I had the iPad in hand to view the cameras simultaneously and the light from the screen was reflecting through the window. As I was bending down to hide the light and then stood up, his face was 36" from mine looking at the security camera. I went to rush out and bumped something in the garage making noise that he heard.
I went out the side gate, girlfriend was with me, just as he was getting into his truck. I walked down the driveway to confront him as he drove off. I did not have my keys or shoes on otherwise I would have followed.

Unable to get license plate.
Called the Police Department. An officer viewed the entire footage.

Appears to be a Hispanic male, 5'5", 180lbs, balding, wearing camo t-shirt and light colored pants. Drove a 2000 - 2006 Chevy pickup, crew cab, light blue or silver, with buckets and other tools in the bed. My assumption is this POS cruises neighborhoods looking for construction tools in beds of trucks.

The officer informed me that they are recording a higher number of burglaries and thefts in this area. Just last week, my brother had air compressor and pressure washer stolen out of his garage in Rancho. He will be installing a camera system soon.

I got lucky and scared him off just by having the security cameras. A lot of my friends give me a bad time because I have the cameras. Well now they see the cameras work!

This is also why I should never own a firearm!

As a side note, the officer showed me his video feed from his home system (Lorex from Costco) and found mine (QSee from Costco) to have better IR imaging (might be my outside lighting helps). He also said if that was his house he would have walked out with his gun drawn. Cool!

slow motion video: https://youtu.be/y7xlonLEKos

real time video: https://youtu.be/EflbBWe_HLU

You should park your truck across the street in a dark spot, with a giant 5'5" rat trap baited with a 2' burrito, placed it the bed...
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Didn't want to start a new post, l got a friend who has askedme to install a basic system with a camera in front and one in back of her house. She's had some vandals lately and police suggested she get a dvr camera system. Anyway I'm looking at a 720P Amcrest system online, any good, or should I get donething else?
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Didn't want to start a new post, l got a friend who has askedme to install a basic system with a camera in front and one in back of her house. She's had some vandals lately and police suggested she get a dvr camera system. Anyway I'm looking at a 720P Amcrest system online, any good, or should I get donething else?
I really only do IP, what's the budget?
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I really only do IP, what's the budget?
I told her I probably can find a system for under $400.
I don't know much about security cameras. I just figured it should be HD resolution. She's got a halfway house in her neighbourhood, and it's making the neighbors all uncomfortable. I thought I could help her out.
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I use the Samsung exterior smart cams. 1080p and great night vision. Pretty cheap too
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I use the Samsung exterior smart cams. 1080p and great night vision. Pretty cheap too
I'm not familiar with those do they have a DVR or do they require a computer to record
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I've been looking at so many systems on Amazon it's overwhelming... my head is spinning LOL
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I use arlo. No wires, great picture and the batteries last 4 to 6 months
https://www.arlo.com/en-us/

You can put the camera on a tree or anywhere
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I use arlo. No wires, great picture and the batteries last 4 to 6 months
https://www.arlo.com/en-us/

You can put the camera on a tree or anywhere
You've posted some vid from yours. Pretty good quality.
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I told her I probably can find a system for under $400.
I don't know much about security cameras. I just figured it should be HD resolution. She's got a halfway house in her neighbourhood, and it's making the neighbors all uncomfortable. I thought I could help her out.
That's box store pricing. I don't know that market well but I'd look for Lorex or Swann.
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The arlo is a nice setup if you are looking for simplicity and not a ton of storage.

In the residential world if you get robbed you generally realize it pretty quickly and don't need to go back beyond 7 days.

One thing to remember is a security camera system is like a lock of a fence or anything else, it keeps honest people honest.

For 400 I second inners suggestions.
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The arlo is a nice setup if you are looking for simplicity and not a ton of storage.

In the residential world if you get robbed you generally realize it pretty quickly and don't need to go back beyond 7 days.

One thing to remember is a security camera system is like a lock of a fence or anything else, it keeps honest people honest.

For 400 I second inners suggestions.
It also is evidence for a conviction.
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https://www.arlo.com/en-us/

You can put the camera on a tree or anywhere

Lol 4-6months! I bought them before I bought the Samsung versions. I got about 2 weeks before battery's were flat. I had mine setup to catch vehicles stoping outside my house and would pick up 30-40 events a day . If you lived somewhere that no body ever comes onto your land they might last that long but totally impractical for me. They were also only 720p so couldn't make out any detail at anything further than 20ft.
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I'm not familiar with those do they have a DVR or do they require a computer to record

Can do either. I had it setup recording on my PC but switched over to the internal SD storage so I could access from anywhere. Takes a few months to fill a 16gb SD card.
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Lol 4-6months! I bought them before I bought the Samsung versions. I got about 2 weeks before battery's were flat. I had mine setup to catch vehicles stoping outside my house and would pick up 30-40 events a day . If you lived somewhere that no body ever comes onto your land they might last that long but totally impractical for me. They were also only 720p so couldn't make out any detail at anything further than 20ft.
I've had mine going on a year and replaced the batteries once. I set the sensitivity and problem solved. I live in a bedroom community. I can't help it you live on a freeway.

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Lol 4-6months! I bought them before I bought the Samsung versions. I got about 2 weeks before battery's were flat. I had mine setup to catch vehicles stoping outside my house and would pick up 30-40 events a day . If you lived somewhere that no body ever comes onto your land they might last that long but totally impractical for me. They were also only 720p so couldn't make out any detail at anything further than 20ft.
Here's my dining room. It's clear enough.
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Here's my dining room. It's clear enough.
Why didn't you continue the crown and notch out for the register, or lower the register... it looks like ass!
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Why didn't you continue the crown and notch out for the register, or lower the register... it looks like ass!
That's how I wanted it. It's my house I can get ass anytime I want.
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Why didn't you continue the crown and notch out for the register, or lower the register... it looks like ass!
Now you have me looking for anything I don't want to share with 100,000 construction workers, like my daughters address! I forgot I will be critiqued!
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LOL...luckily it was unsweetened coffee I was drinking...should be easy to clean off my phone...

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