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Old 04-18-2012, 10:47 AM
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So I've decided to trailer my boat this year, which means it's going to be sitting in my driveway all day every day, frequently when I'm at work or otherwise away. I'd like to set up a simple security camera mounted on my garage to monitor the boat (it's not so much that I'm worried about someone stealing the entire boat, but more that I'm worried about people jumping aboard to take electronics or other items, or to vandalize it).

I have the following general desires about the camera:

1. I'm not looking to break the bank. I'd like to spend a couple hundred bucks or so.
2. I'd like to be able to monitor it wirelessly if possible but I'd also like it to be more than just "streaming" - i.e., I'd like it to record so that I can go back to video in the event something does happen.
3. I'd love it to be "tamper proof" in the sense that it can upload footage to my computer so that someone can't just take a chip out or something, but I'd also like it to be able to store recordings natively in case my wireless internet goes down or something. Not even sure if this is possible.

Anyway, I'd love to hear what you guys recommend.

Thanks in advance.
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Old 04-18-2012, 12:03 PM
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I would ask that here http://www.cctvforum.com/viewforum.php?f=5 a good bunch of guys. However I don't think you will like the answers. For a few hundred you will be buying junk.
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Thanks, I will try over there as well. I don't live in a bad area, and at a certain point if someone steals my electronics, fair enough, that's what insurance is for. But I'd at least like to have a baseline system that will provide a deterrent against "non-professional" mischief makers.
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Mount a fake camera in an obvious place......good fakes even have a little red light to attract the attention of potential crooks.
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Mount a fake camera in an obvious place......good fakes even have a little red light to attract the attention of potential crooks.

Or put a cardboard cutout next to the boat.


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Hell, for about $600 Sam's club sells a 4 camera system with good resolution and a dvr with an ethernet connection.

Also, remember; it's all about lighting. don't rely on those little leds that ring the camera lens..they give out after about 20'. Have a good set of motion lights that come on and stay on for a while...aimed appropriately...

You could be sitting at work and bring your system up and see who's doing what.

It didn't work to well for the rich 'ol broad in Sarasota that we put one in for. Seems like her hubby saw her on the couch and in the pool with about a half-dozen different guys!
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You pay for what you get. I would recomend Axis communications contact your locally owned security dealer to get you what you need.
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Sam's club, Costco, etc, have 4 camera DVR sets which record and still allow you to see it real time. They are tamper proof in that you keep the recorder locked inside your home, so all they can do is destroy the camera.

Some of them have the ability to watch for motion, and send you an alert if they sense motion. That way, you'll know to look at the camera when you get an alert, and if it's something other than a squirrel you can call the police.
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Sam's club, Costco, etc, have 4 camera DVR sets which record and still allow you to see it real time. They are tamper proof in that you keep the recorder locked inside your home, so all they can do is destroy the camera.

Some of them have the ability to watch for motion, and send you an alert if they sense motion. That way, you'll know to look at the camera when you get an alert, and if it's something other than a squirrel you can call the police.
Wow thanks guys, I will check them out next time I hit Costco. A little more than I wanted to spend but seems like exactly what I'm looking for.

Does either of you have a link to the system?
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check out x10.com -- http://www.x10.com/homepage.htm --
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I installed this system two weeks ago to catch scrap metal thieves at our shop. Works great if you are monitoring it yourself. Clarity is ok but don't count on reading tag #s. You can set the cameras to activate when there is motion and it will alert you via computer or phone. I haven't gotten that far with the setup but I've already caught and prosecuted 3 douche bags

http://www.mace.com/security/video-s...amera-kit.html
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Wow thanks guys, I will check them out next time I hit Costco. A little more than I wanted to spend but seems like exactly what I'm looking for.

Does either of you have a link to the system?
Q-See and Lorex are the two brands I've seen the most, and each company offers several different models:

Lorex:
http://sylvaniastore.lorextechnology...t.aspx?id=2082

Q-See:
http://www.q-seestore.com/product-p/qc444-411-5.htm

Those are from their oem web sites, not costco, so actual prices should be lower.
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I have this system, but more channels and cameras. Works great, does everything you want, and the pic at night is as good as day. Call them, and ask for Elvis, ask for a discount on the purchase, and the price will drop. They have excellent customer support too.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/700TVL-4-Ch-...item43aecede4d
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