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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 05-21-2009, 11:05 PM Thread Starter
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Anybody has them or had any experience with them. We had two robberies on my block in the last two days. They hit the same house back to back. I figured this might be one way to nab 'em if the cost isn't too high.
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I have quite a bit of experience with CCTV systems. The price range for CCTV equipment is all over the map. Like most other things, you get what you pay for.

You can get a basic system for not too much money, but if your looking to identify peoples faces, especially at night, the price is going to quickly go up.

If you want any specific info let me know.

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if possible could you just use a regular camcorder hidden away? yes, that is also possible stolen. But it won't help you know anything till after the fact, and i'm guessing you would like to know something like this as it is happening, and maybe show up with a surprise? or at least inform authorities asap.

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check out Swanson security cameras(fellow CLSB recommneded them 2 me). its a DIY type system.

thing with cameras, you need a lot of them. Plus a good computer to record it. motion detector lights. setup a movement alarms inside the house.
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Like most other things, you get what you pay for.
This is not entirely true, most of the stuff that is available to the public and in the consumer price range all comes from the same places in China, Taiwan, and HongKong. I know I used to work at a CCTV place that imported for a lot of the brands you see on shelves.

Let me know I can also help you pick stuff out.

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My house got hit a few years ago. Since I'm hardly ever here, I put together my own system on the cheap. 3 dvr cards, half a dozen $35 cameras, a couple good used cameras and an old Dell P4. The software is a little sketchy, but it's been working good.

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thanks for all the help, i'll be contacting some of you soon when i get back home in a few days
another house, block over got hit too....
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These are what I'm using at home:
EBay item

I've bought a few of these for myself and friends and have had no problems with any of them. The software is Pico2000, not the greatest in the world, but it works for me. You can view the cameras remotely, but only on a Windows box. I use VNC on my cellphone for remote viewing. The computer is a old Dell P4 1.6Ghz, 512Mb ram and a 70Gig HD.Windows 2000. I get about a week worth of storage from the 6 cameras I'm using right now.

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Cameras are over rated. By this instead:

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These are what I'm using at home:
EBay item

I've bought a few of these for myself and friends and have had no problems with any of them. The software is Pico2000, not the greatest in the world, but it works for me. You can view the cameras remotely, but only on a Windows box. I use VNC on my cellphone for remote viewing. The computer is a old Dell P4 1.6Ghz, 512Mb ram and a 70Gig HD.Windows 2000. I get about a week worth of storage from the 6 cameras I'm using right now.
I like the setup you got going on but would be cool if it were wireless. I hate drilling holes in my home. Anyone work with wireless security cameras?

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You could run wireless cams, just need to have the receivers connected to the PC. The cam in my garage is wireless, and I'm going to add one in the shed I'm getting.
It's kind of become a hobby now.

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Very cool. I need to look into the wireless more.

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the problem I've seen with wireless, I havn't seen "all"

but they needed to have an outlet to power the camera. Not sure if there are battery powered cameras available.
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Stay away from the X10 cameras.
poor range, bad picture, poor lifespan imho.

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