I'm planning to install an external CCTV camera which will be mounted insid
e my garage looking out through a hole in the wall of the garage at the bac
k of my house and I need some way to disguise and protect it as it'll only
be about five feet from the ground.
The camera will be pointing to one side at an angle of about 45 degrees.
So far I've thought of a bird nesting box - I wonder if anyone can think of
anything else that might do the job better and wouldn't draw attention.
Could you start with a Spycam which has a very small sensor and the rest
of the electronics in a box on a tail? You could hide the sensor in a
plank of wood in a knot hole - they are that small.
Or are you committed to a particular camera?
In which case, look at your neighbours houses and note what features
there are on the walls that most people pay no attention to?
False extract fan flue, light fitting, your bird box even.
I would have thought for a 5' height, the fan extract had some potential
- big enough to get a small box-cam in, and no one would notice a 10mm
hole lined up with the lens (assuming you do not need IR led apertures too)?
- Fake drainpipe
- Electrical junction box
- Security light (which can be bought with an integrated covert camera)
- Roofed bird table
- Plant basket
If you're going to fabricate an enclosure for the camera, it might be
worth designing it so that it's impossible for the camera to see any
part of your neighbours' properties.
stick one of those cheap and obviousely fake dummy camera's in another place
looking over the same area, so the scrotes will go for that cam, or laugh
thinking they are not being watched as the cam is fake (a flashing led on it
helps scream fake camera... if it were real then at night the flashing led
would be buggering up the auto iris function)
So you are happy to disable IR all the time (being not much use in the day)?
Tricky - think you'll have to use a birdbox.
If you have the chance to return it, I would consider:
which is what I have. Technically an indoor camera, but if you are
hiding it in an enclosure, it would probably be OK.
Again the IR LEDs can be disabled. And it can be got for £70-75 on
AliExpress for a 3 week wait posting from China (I have 2 ordered this
way and can recommend a supplier). It would be a lot easier to conceal.
Needs a 12V PSU - unless you can supply PoE.
Here you go:
You need to state in the order description whether you want 2.8mm
(nearly 90 degrees horizontal field), 4mm (75 degrees ish)
If you send a message to Julia, she's pretty good at confirming stock
levels fairly quickly.
I just upgraded the firmware on my original Hikvision (bought from the
UK) using the Hikvision US site and it went without a hitch.
Be warned that you *might* get stung for VAT and an admin fee during
import if customs happen to be bored enough to pick your package - I was
not. Even so, it's still way cheaper than UK purchase. So you should do
your calcs on the basis of VAT plus £15 or whatever the Royal Mail admin
fee is now and view lack of VAT as a bonus if it happens.
A customer has just installed a 32 camera HikVision system. On the
first afternoon, as light levels dropped, there was a strange effect
that multiple small dark shaded rectangles with lighter borders and
rounded corners appeared on several of the cameras, they increased over
time, but had gone the following day.
They looked deliberate rather than an artefact, the installer couldn't
explain them, they didn't appear to relate to any feature of the cameras
such as motion detection areas, privacy rectangles etc, I don't suppose
you've ever had similar?
On Sunday, December 28, 2014 10:36:59 PM UTC, Brian Gaff wrote:
IR floodlight just out of reach, its how far can go with anti tamper device
s before it might be interprted as a trap.
Observation of scrotes on CCTV has shown them to be attracted to dim red ri
ngs in the dark, they will try and attack them, mains volatge present on a
12V camera might be hard to explain, thought of camera flash `accidentally`
wired to an otherwise isolated case....
For the O.P. start with a bullet or board cam , not a hulking great scrote
Besides having 4 cctv cameras which are live 24/7,which are at the back
and side of the house, I also have 1 dummy camera at the front of the
house, which has a blinking red led going all the time.
I also have a yellow sign in the front room window saying 'Beware CCTV
Every little bit helps, so they say
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