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Forum topic by Howie posted 11-27-2012 02:45 AM 1409 views 0 times favorited 22 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-27-2012 02:45 AM

I’m planning on putting cameras focused on the outside doors of my shop.
Does anyone know/have any comments on the Defender system? The one I’m looking at has 100’ night vision
(cams would be about 20’ away)36IR lens.

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#1 posted 11-27-2012 03:09 AM

The one I’m looking at has 500 megs(expandable to 1 TB) and you can use a card in the usb port for back up.
Thx for the reply

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#2 posted 11-27-2012 04:39 AM

For why? Different needs have different solutions.

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#3 posted 11-27-2012 12:09 PM

MNgary…where I live is on a dead end street, then I have about 500 acres behind me that is pasture. There are reports on the news all the time about break ins and wife and I like to travel so I just figured a little video won’t hurt. Could be cheap insurance compared to the tools in my shop.

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#4 posted 11-27-2012 01:26 PM

Keep your DVR where is would be unlikely to be found. Off site storage would be better if possible. It does no good if the burglars find it and take it with them.

-- Art

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#5 posted 11-27-2012 01:36 PM

Something like the giant ball in Raiders of the Lost Ark or blow darts shooting out from the walls would be appropriate. But I think courts frown on defending your property to that degree. It’s actually a very good idea – a new house was built down the road last year and they had a setup like that – the camera was aimed at the driveway so they got the license plate number as well as the perp stealing tools. State police got the guys the next day.

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#6 posted 11-27-2012 02:31 PM

I’ll add that make sure the time,date stamp is correct. If not courts will dismiss as eveidence.

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#7 posted 11-27-2012 02:46 PM

I live in a city, so my situation is different. I have found lighting to be a good deterrent. Burglars prefer to be in the dark. Cameras come in handy trying to catch who did it.

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#8 posted 11-27-2012 03:19 PM

If my shop doors or windows open when I’m in bed or away (system “armed”) then lights go on in the shop and in the house, I can have the noise maker on AND a signal gets sent that unlocks our dog door. When the dogs hear that beep they tear ass out the door barking and looking for someone in the yard. :) Even at 2am…. heheheh…. we ran a drill. I warned the neighbors first and did it when it was cold so they wouldn’t have their windows open and stuff. The dogs cornered my son in the shop and stood at the door barking and carrying on until I went out there.

Works for me. I also now have IP cameras, motion sensing, pan and tilt. Someone gave them to me. Don’t even know what kind they are. :)

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#9 posted 11-27-2012 07:02 PM

@dhazelton, yes you are correct, you can’t shoot someone defending your property. However if they come at you with a screwdriver,hammer etc and you fear for your life that is a different story. This way it would all be on cam if necessary. I think I would sleep better if I’m traveling,knowing there was some security here.

@Art, actually I have plans to put the DVR in a bird house I will build specifically for this.

@Charlie, my 110 # shepard huskie would probably help them load up the car (g) and show them where the gold is.

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#10 posted 11-27-2012 08:27 PM

Regarding hairy’s comment that “Burglars prefer to be in the dark.”, when my parents lived near Atlanta they were in a subdivision, half of which had streetlights, the other half didn’t. The half with streetlights had more break-ins.

Burglars like shadows. As my Dad, who spent a number of years in the intelligence biz pointed out, it’s not light vs dark, it’s having the contrast so that people can’t see into the dark.

I have a Wansview wireless IP camera (though I use it wired) in my shop, mostly so that people can peek in on me when I’m out there futzing around. I’ve thought about setting up cameras for security monitoring around my yard, if I did I’d go with a handful of IP cameras like the Wansviews, and ZoneMinder, preferably in a configuration that streamed the data off-site so that the server/archiver wasn’t an obvious target.

-- Dan Lyke, Petaluma California,

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#11 posted 11-27-2012 09:01 PM

I have a swann system…they have a good support phone number that I had to call a few times to get it hooked up right. I get a email every time it goes off and can check it from my smart phone….

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#12 posted 11-27-2012 10:42 PM

You may be better off with a surveillance company like ATM that automatically notifies the police at a break-in attempt.

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#13 posted 11-28-2012 01:15 AM

@MrRon…I thought about that but I rent and if I move I’ll just take it with me. Thanks for the comment though.
I’ve decided to go with a “Defender ” system. If I don’t like it I have 30 days to return it.
I ordered it from B&H Electronics. I’ve had very good service from them.

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#14 posted 11-28-2012 12:34 PM

Good luck with whatever you come up with. I hope you have good neighbors that can “keep an eye out”

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#15 posted 11-28-2012 02:17 PM

If it’s the same B&H that used to be B&H photo in Manhattan be careful – the were famous for advertising a product at a price and then just substituting something cheaper in your order. And they were famous for moving their storefronts around as they kept declaring bankruptcy and reopening under someone else’s ownership.

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