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  1. Stephen Reid

    Stephen Reid Guest

    Hi all,

    I am looking for a bit of advice from some people in the know. My mother
    seems to be the victim of some idiot who finds it funny to vandalise her car
    and house. They have jumped on the front bumper of her car and snapped the
    mountings, scratched the car sevral times along both and sides and most
    recently we returned from holidays to find the front of the hous covered in
    spray paint. My mother has no idea of who is doing this and I was wondering
    if there was a simple cctv device she could get to cover the front of the
    house and record maybe the past 24 hours. The more discreet the better as
    we would rather find out who is doing this rather than deter them at this
    point. My mother is very well off and the cheapest effective solution would
    be best.

    Thanks in advance for any advice.

    Stephen
     
  2. Frank Olson

    Frank Olson Guest

    There are several options available to you. The "cheapest effective solution"
    would be to catch 'em in the act (so to speak). Before CCTV became such a boon
    to the industry there was good old fashioned "lurk and grab"... It worked well
    for my Dad when some neighborhood kids were ripping off our Christmas lights
    (years ago)... Sounds to me like you have a similar situation on your hands.

    The problem with setting up a CCTV system that would accomplish what you want is
    that you'd have to use cameras of sufficient resolution (under ambient light
    conditions) to be able to identify the perp(s), you'd need a time-lapse VCR or
    DVR with time/date displayed and a way to switch the input from time-lapse mode
    to "normal record" during an "alarm event"... There isn't going to be a "cheap"
    solution. I'd suggest discussing the matter with your local law enforcement.
    They may have some suggestions/options for you that won't have a significant
    impact on your pocket-book (or your mother's).

    Good luck!!
     
  3. RH.Campbell

    RH.Campbell Guest

    In our area of Ottawa, there are companies that lease this kind of equipment
    on a short term basis, to solve these kinds of short term problems that
    don't justify the high expenditures associated with buying CCTV equipment.
    It seems they do a booming buisness..

    You might want to try finding such a company in your area...

    RHC
     
  4. Frank Olson

    Frank Olson Guest

    They must be using mostly (*GASP!*) wireless. :))

    I can't imagine that they'd spend the time to properly run cable if they're only
    "renting" the equipment for a short time... You got any specific info??
     
  5. Aegis

    Aegis Guest

    The CHEAPEST way to go is X-10. www.x10.com

    It's not the PROFESSIONAL way to go, but it is the cheapest DIY way to go.
     
  6. RH.Campbell

    RH.Campbell Guest

    No, the one company that I know personally that does this uses all hardwired
    equipment. His installations are mostly for special applications like this,
    where one or two cameras and a DVR will do the job. A couple of hours work
    and he's done. Plus, his installations are not inexpensive; however,
    compared to buying the hardware etc, they remain somewhat of a bargain...

    RHC
     
  7. Beachcomber

    Beachcomber Guest

    http://www.supercircuits.com/store/home.asp

    X10 is good. Also try the above link for inexpensive board and
    pinhole cams. Last time I looked, they had a special on a time lapse
    VCR for $199.95

    Beachcomber
     
  8. rory

    rory Guest

    With CCTV, you pay for what you get, in other words, cheap will
    probably not do what you want it to.

    However, you can buy something like a Provideo BW Bullet camera,
    inexpensive, and wire it to your TV, and either use a home VCR, which
    means changing the tape manually every 8-10 hours, or buy a single
    channel DVR like the Kalatel VDR, ame price as a time lapse VCR.

    You can also look at getting this all second hand to save some money.
    There are alot of people selling second hand Time lapse VCRs due to
    switchovers to DVRs, so you'd get a good price on those.

    Check out www.cctvforum.com for more questions. This alarm forum is
    not the best place for CCTV disussion.
     
  9. alarman

    alarman Guest

    Stephen Reid wrote
    The last sentence really gets me. Your mother is "well off", therefore you
    seek "the cheapest effective solution"?

    In fact, the cheapest solution would not be best.
    js
     
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