its well worth spending a couple of hundred on a decent camera and a time lapse recorder.if you do have problems with local yobs damaging cars etc then make sure you get a time/date stamped bit of kit.it makes in much more useable in court.check out ebay as loads of second hand stuff sells everyday for little money.dark areas go for black and white and well lit go for colour.not always but most times!
In UK your large-scale threat is from unsophisticated chavs, who are very alert to CCTV hence hoods and baseball caps, and they will steal any tapes they find n VCR's just in case they're security tapes. Your small-scale threat depends on your profile, or directed attack (in which case enlist neighbours for look-in coverage instead of look-out) or enlist help of professionals.
If analogue camera, then get hold of an old but competent VHS (ebay?) recorder, put it in the loft or wherever and set it up to roll-over record for slightly longer than you'll generally be away.
If you are away Mon - Fri, set it for seven-day recording, just leave it running and change tapes monthly (after four uses, because they do wear out).
If digital, an old PC for fifty quid will do just the same job but probably with higher storage capacity dependent upon HDD. Again, secrete it. MK
Yep, 4 cameras, digital recorder, panic alarm direct to alarm company, 2 rottwiellers and a Yorkshire Terrier.....just in case...well, you can't be too careful...no burglaries to date, but my dogs live in hope!
Yep; we have one on the front of the house as we are on the main road into the village and the cars are parked on the drive out front. Digital, linked to the house alarm system.
PIR/security lighting to the rear; the garden is totally enclosed.....with 4 dogs running loose, 3 ESS, not the most vicious but boy do they make a noise if anyone comes near and a Patterdale thats more than happy to attack.
grin well i have a few cameras . Have a hidden 3 megapixel at my front door, another 3 megapixel cam covering my parking and yet another covering road access . All on alert and connection to the net, quite fun checking the footage on my mobile phone when im in a 3g area
Have a Geovision 1240 pc based system (Superb), have a couple of hi res day night cameras around the perimeter of the house, dog out the back, and a decent scantronic alarm system with an elmedene bell box to wake the dead, because I'm worth it!.
Newbie to the forum here but a bit of experience with domestic CCTV ranging from single camera VCR set up, now using a networked avtech DVR for remote monitoring and recording of 4 camera system using mix of cameras inc, panasonic, vista and sharp cameras and also have some experience with IP cameras.
Main use of the system is remote verification of house alarm trigger (autodialer to my mobile) and deterent effect.
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At least 4 covert cameras one/ two dvr with as big a hard drives as possible.
Second DVR hidden in property, ADSL link with sever for backup, high quality B/W cameras all round 0.00005 lux level, all hard wired. Full continuous frame rate record minimum 25fps per camera. External Pir triggered LED lights. All the cameras should either be pointing within your boundary or in a public space and never in someone elseâ€™s garden unless pre agreed with them in advance (recommended this is done in writing).
Do not buy a 24hr VCR, you will kick yourself when it kicks off and the quality is crap.
I am always available for advice email@example.com. (15 years technical surveillance officer home office quaified)