I always start out by introducing myself. Then the ball is in their
court. Most people who are just out for a walk will end up talking
longer than I want to be there and tell me more than I want to know
Beyond that it is simply profiling. Sue me
I live in a place so remote that NO ONE walks by. Anyone not in/on a vehicle
would be suspect. Plus, since it's a narrow two-lane road, the thief would
have to pull off onto the shoulder or into a driveway. Not exactly subtle.
Still, no one out here locks much of anything unless you're going on
Heh! I bet the burglar would also say "I don't like this sign:"
1. We never respond to an unexpected knock.
2. We are armed.
1. There are no guns in this house
2. Be gentle
Most burglars around these parts would have no idea what the second
sentence means. A significant portion of them would have trouble with
the first sentence. An obvious lit-up camera, even a dummy one, would
have a greater deterrent effect.
I got robbed at least 3 times that I can recall in the apartments I
moved from to this house, and another couple times in the apartment
before that. Been here 49 months- no problems so far, knock on wood.
(Other than getting TP'd once by kids.) Semi-rural location in a
dead-end subdivision, and every 2nd or 3rd house having a dog, helps.
Oh, almost forgot- the final time my apartment got robbed, they were in
there at least an hour- long enough to decant 3 5-gallon jugs of pennies
into all my backpacks and duffel bags. Good thing they were too stupid
to see the 2+ quarts of dimes sitting on the shelf not 2 feet away.
Lot's and lots of years ago, I was putting flyers in mail boxes in
some of the newer home developement areas. I got a phone call from the
postmaster in that area telling me that it was a Federal law that
flyers could not be put in mail boxes, nor could anything be attached
to the box related to business or advertising. $5 or 10,000.00
fine .... if I remember right.
I noticed also that quite a number of years ago, the local delivery
newpapers were no longer being put in the mailboxes as they'd been for
decades. Now they're thrown in peoples driveways.
I guess the Post Office got to them too.
Although I no longer have anything to wrap up waste in, I haven't had
a newspaper delivered for lots of years. Even though that now days,
wraping waste is the only thing they're good for.
The only time I've taken the pictures to the police dep't. was when a city
code enforcement officer was walking around taking pictures of my property.
He wasn't wearing a uniform and his truck was parked out of sight. After
that episode it became mandatory for inspectors to be in uniform and ask for
permission to enter private property. It created quite a stir in our little
community of 3500 people. I really only have two 'live' cameras, and three
'dummies'. It's amusing that in most of the photos, people are looking right
into the lens.
I actually do store a certain amount of video offsite. There are several
methods, but the cheapest redundancy for most people IMO is to loop video to
a 2nd recorder in a different part of the building.
FTP is usually the easiest way, but there are streaming methods as well.
The advantage to FTP is you can re start it easily. With streaming it can
be harder if your connection is lost. For short distances a (upto several
miles) a point to point wireless connection could also work.
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