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Old 02-27-2021, 01:44 PM
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Hi all. My smallish yacht club (70 slips) needs a security camera system for our docks...something cloud-based, reasonably priced...maybe 6-12 cameras in all. Any recommendations from dock/marina managers or security experts would be appreciated. The thing that we are struggling with...we're located in an area 8 - 12 foot tides. Our docks are floating and and held in place by pilings. We're not sure how to mount the cameras in such a way that would allow them the accommodate the rise and fall or the docks throughout the day. We've talked about mounting poles directly to the docks but that could make the cameras vulnerable to sabatoge. And ideas?
Old 02-27-2021, 02:16 PM
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We installed some Arlo's early winter that I am happy with so far (reasonably priced at Costco). We installed them on the land side, so no assistance on dock mounts. The Arlos have a very wide point fo view, I would think they could be mounted to the top of a piling and still capture anything when the tide is low.
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Originally Posted by bushy View Post
Hi all. My smallish yacht club (70 slips) needs a security camera system for our docks...something cloud-based, reasonably priced...maybe 6-12 cameras in all. Any recommendations from dock/marina managers or security experts would be appreciated. The thing that we are struggling with...we're located in an area 8 - 12 foot tides. Our docks are floating and and held in place by pilings. We're not sure how to mount the cameras in such a way that would allow them the accommodate the rise and fall or the docks throughout the day. We've talked about mounting poles directly to the docks but that could make the cameras vulnerable to sabatoge. And ideas?
Our club is going through this right now. We have more than double the slips though.

Cloud-based is likely NOT the way to go. NVR is likely the way to go.

Do you want to monitor the ingress/egress points on the dock (where humans enter/exit) or the boats themselves? Most clubs keep cameras on the ingress/egress points as members do appreciate some privacy.

If you want to monitor the docks themselves (and the boats), you will have to mount the cameras on the docks.

What sabotage are you worried about? Sabotage can happen wherever the cameras are located...

Check Nellysecurity they sell Hikvision, and can help draw up a quote. The Colorvu/Nitecolor or whatever they are can see in the dark pretty well..

Also, understand the coverage angles the cameras can cover. I can't tell you how many times someone says 6-12 and it turns out to be 12-24+ cameras... and dont forget club buildings, parking lot, etc.
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Reolink is another option. They have nvr set ups as well as wifi cloud based and also 4g.

With an nvr set up,, storage is what you need to look for so you have more than a weeks worth of video. We have a reolink nvr with 2tb and 4, 4k cameras but have two set at a lower resolution and get about 10 days of recordings. Can have access to the playback on a mobile devise or computer form a remote location. I believe there is still the option for a cloud based back up too.

Prob a a half million options available so maybe a user interface might be a deciding factor. Good luck.
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Thanks, I'll look into those. Due to our dock configuration, 100% land-based cameras likely wouldn't give us the coverage we need, but it might work for some spots. Our biggest problems include: 1) "night visitors" who come in the wee hours on small craft and scour the docks for anything they can steal; 2) yahoos in passing craft during the daytime that disregard the no wake zone (harbormaster has said if we can provide footage of repeat offenders he'll track them down). Cameras also seem like a great way for members to check on their vessels remotely during storms.
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Originally Posted by bushy View Post
Thanks, I'll look into those. Due to our dock configuration, 100% land-based cameras likely wouldn't give us the coverage we need, but it might work for some spots. Our biggest problems include: 1) "night visitors" who come in the wee hours on small craft and scour the docks for anything they can steal; 2) yahoos in passing craft during the daytime that disregard the no wake zone (harbormaster has said if we can provide footage of repeat offenders he'll track them down). Cameras also seem like a great way for members to check on their vessels remotely during storms.
I think that you are going to have a hard time getting the cameras to give you crystal clear picture that will allow the harbormaster to track them down.

Cameras are not going to prevent people from scouring the docks and stealing stuff. Cameras are hardly a deterrent, especially with everyone wearing face coverings. You'll probably not be able to track down the culprits from just the camera footage.

I think its time for your Club to hire night security...
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Check out Lorex cameras you install a local nvr but you can see the cameras remotely via cloud. I suggest 4K cams they just came down in price to around $200 a camera. Pretty easy setup just pay someone to run wires and set up the nvr yourself.
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Cameras unless monitored 24/7 will do nothing but provide you footage of your stuff being stolen.

Not a week goes by someone isn't posting footage of something being stolen.

We watched a great show at my marina. It only takes 30 minutes to remove 7 lower units, 2 300 hp engines and cut the lock on the gate.

They finally caught the guys cause they had video of the guy and his van who dropped a lower unit on his foot and was seen limping at a gas station while fueling a white Van.

That was after a 2 month crime spree on 7 area marinas. They all had video and it did nothing to prevent the theft.

As said, cameras are not a very good deterrent.

It's only video surveillance when someone is watching the camera. The rest of the time it's video recordings.
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I would look into a local security camera company

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