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Low light camera for catching kids littering

Discussion in 'Electronic Basics' started by [email protected], Oct 28, 2007.

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  1. Guest

    I live across the street from this family with 20-some year old "kids"
    who, I suspect, frequently throws things out their car windows onto my
    lawn and my driveway. I'm almost sure it's them, but I want video to
    prove it. I think my best option would be a small, low cost B/W
    camera with IR LEDs, connected to my DVR. However, I know very little
    about video cameras and am looking for suggestions. Could I point the
    camera out my front window, or would the IR emitters likely wash out
    the video? I'm not looking for anything fancy, just something to get
    the job done. The street is probably 50 feet from my front window.
  2. Meat Plow

    Meat Plow Guest

    You can buy those things most anywhere but not knowing where abouts you're
    from it would be hard to recommend a store.
  3. BobW

    BobW Guest

    This place has very good products.

  4. Jamie

    Jamie Guest

    if you have a web camera on your PC, just stick it at the window and
    run the view software to record when major motion is detected or, use a
    video output option to record to your DVD device from your computer.
  5. Rich Webb

    Rich Webb Guest

    I've used similar cameras from

    At 50 ft you may need a separate illuminator, vice relying on an LED
    ring around the lens.

    You will need to pay attention to reflections from the glass. If you
    go with a separate illuminator, try placing it at a different window.
  6. HapticZ

    HapticZ Guest

    50 feet away?

    get a 12volt dc cctv camera weith sensitivity .1lux or less (less lux needs
    less light to get a decent image) ($20buks on ebay)

    with c-mount lense size 25mm ($10 buks on ebay)

    some Nanny cameras for baby observation during young age are radio remote
    type,allows you to place the camera anywhere. ($70 buks ebay)

    most street lights will provide ample illuminaton, otherwise install a
    courtesy lamppost 'walkway light for your use" actually to provide light
    for the camera

    or use an IR illuminator 12vdc powered ($10buks ebay)

    mount it outside, inconspicuously, when they are NOT at home, so they dont
    know it exists

    mount it about 25 feet from the active area, in a tree perhaps, or hidden in
    a flower pot or decoration

    run a standard RCA type cable from the camera to your VCR. set it to record
    during the usual times 'it' happens.

    review the tape whenever you find crap on your lawn next morning.

    children usually 'party' betwen 9pm and 4am, they get drunk enough to begin
    the stupidity behavior about 3 beers into their activity, so you may need a
    dozen tapes to keep the action recorded for the cops to review.

    make sure of the facts before you confront them!

    if it is you who have mistakenly pissed them off for no really good
    reason,you are in for a good tussle with reason and reality.

    children at that age are irresponsible, erratic, usually ignorant,
    inconsiderate, and highly prone to violence.

    be careful, but deal with them. it gets worse if they think they have you
    in their grips!
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