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Recommendation for outdoor security camera

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jeanie99 Mon 25-Mar-19 21:18:09

After malicious damage to our car on the drive we are considering having an outdoor security camera installed.
Does anyone have this type of camera and could provide us with advice.

callgirl1 Wed 27-Mar-19 21:14:54

We have 4. A few years ago, someone cut a piece of glass out of our back door, so my eldest son bought and installed 2, one to cover the back yard and the other over the front door, focused on the ground right outside the front door and window, where the car was when my husband was alive. A year or 2 later, he talked us into another 2, one covering the passage at the side of our end terraced, the other over the front door again, but focused on the road upwards from the house. They do give you that extra secure feeling, knowing that if anything occurs you can rewind them and hopefully see the culprit. I`m afraid that I`m no help regarding makers names or the technical side of things, that bit goes right over my head!

crystaltipps Wed 27-Mar-19 21:42:16

We have one so we can see the cars on our drive and who is at the front door. You can see it on an app on your phone, so even if you are out or on holiday you can view the picture. We can also set our alarm via a mobile phone app.

bikergran Thu 28-Mar-19 08:01:02

Having recently looked into ctv cameras (to try and catch the dirty sod who lets their dog/s sh*t right outside my dd house on the grass very where my gs get in car) you have to be very careful where you place these cameras.

I need to put one on the tree outside her home (the tree is in her garden) but! you are not allowed to place the camera where it looks on to neighbouring property or on a public highway/path etc. (apparently

But moving on,,, Aldi occasionally have a ctv kit think for around £160 complete.
Also if you are with British Gas they have a security camera (think its called a Hive) and its linked to your phone vis an app.

Obviously you need one with a continuous loop/wireless so it records all the time and has some kind of storage/hard drive. Have a google and look at reviews.

A cheaper way is Wildlife cameras but these can take a lot of batteries.

callgirl1 Thu 28-Mar-19 21:50:51

One of mine looks up the road at the front, as well as the road in front of our house. We can`t be doing anything wrong because the police have been here a couple of times when crimes have been committed, hoping to spot something in our footage, and they haven`t said it`s wrong. I do have signs on the walls warning that CCTV is in operation.

jeanie99 Thu 28-Mar-19 22:40:52

Thank you for your comments.
I did speak to a company who install these camera but they wouldn't install it on the Chimney.
We are a bungalow and if we just have it sited by the side of the door surely someone could just rip it of the wall.
I want the camera installed where it cannot be reached.
Also I think electric rather than battery, we go away and batteries would run out.
Is the recording sent to a storage unit inside the house. I was thinking we could have a recorder in the loft.
Does any of this make sense and could it be done like I am thinking.
We can't do it ourselves would need to get someone in.

J52 Thu 28-Mar-19 23:36:40

We have one that is electric and connects to the phone and alerts you when someone is in the front garden. To get the right angle to show the drive and front door we have put it inside a bay window. It can’t be tampered with there.
I don’t know the make, I’ll look tomorrow.

Anja Fri 29-Mar-19 07:18:01

I have one connected to my front door bell too. It’s by Ring. It has two modes, which both operate together. Firstly it alerts you if there is any movement on my front drive. Secondly it alerts you if anyone actually rings the bell.

I can speak to the person and hear their reply.

EllanVannin Fri 29-Mar-19 09:23:27

My late husband would have recommended a shotgun.

Charleygirl5 Fri 29-Mar-19 10:02:03

My recorder is in the loft and I can sit in front of my TV and watch what is going on.

My video entry phone also records conversations but the makes of these are beyond me.

NotSpaghetti Fri 29-Mar-19 10:32:50

jeanie99 I suggest you ask your "local" police for some security advice. They may be stretched but used to have targets for this kind of thing. This way, not only will you find out what works and can be used by police but will also find out what is legal in the light of positioning, GDPR etc.

harrigran Fri 29-Mar-19 10:43:02

I had a commercial company fit CCTV, four cameras two covering the back of the house, one on the gable end and one at the front covering front door and drive. The monitor is housed in the study and records 24/7 for a month before rewriting. The system is maintained by the company and costs about £80 a year, can't remember what the initial installation cost but think it was a few thousand.
The nuisance factor is that neighbours park under the side camera and then ask to look at our footage if anything happens to the car. Police also turn up and ask to access footage.

Saggi Fri 29-Mar-19 11:03:54

No cameras and no intention of ever installing any. I read 1984 at a very early age and have never forgotten it. I will stay clear if my own police state and concentrate on trusting the majority of people. So far have not been proved wrong to do so.

2old4hotpants Fri 29-Mar-19 11:10:10

My neighbour has recently installed one which lit up both our side passages. Every time I opened my side door to go into the garden I was aware that I was being filmed. I considered this an invasion into my privacy (I sometimes pop out to the greenhouse or to the bin in my nightwear). I spoke to them about it and they have now angled one of the lights upwards, so that it doesn't come on when the door is opened. But the camera is still pointing my way, not sure if it films me when the light isn't on.

J52 Fri 29-Mar-19 12:08:11

Ours is Hive.

sarahellenwhitney Fri 29-Mar-19 12:08:17

Go to a company who specialise in Security installations as they will tell what you can and can't do and what is the best type of camera for your needs.

EllanVannin Fri 29-Mar-19 14:22:48

I would go on recommendations from those who've dealt with a certain company simply because I wouldn't trust some security companies, if you get my drift.

Anja Fri 29-Mar-19 14:28:32

Well 2old4 I’d have been quite happy that my neighbour’s security camera covered my back door too.....unless I had something to hide?

All this ‘invasion of privacy’ and ‘1984’ is OTT IMO!

4allweknow Fri 29-Mar-19 15:23:05

You can also get door bells with cameras in them. Son was overseas whilst I was housesitting. He saw I had swept all the leaves up on his garden and drive, and that a couple if girls seem to be on drive looking for something. He told me about all the goings on when he came home, had seen the lot.

Cathie58 Fri 29-Mar-19 15:34:11

We have Arlo cameras - and they are fabulous. We live in a cul de sac with little to no strangers coming but if someone did come by we would have them on video. The camera takes a 15 second movement-driven video and sends to the phone, iPad or PC. You can choose any to save or let them delete. Can be taken with you when you go away if you have wi fi. Well worth the money.

Aepgirl Fri 29-Mar-19 16:24:15

Even with CCTV ‘evidence’ it is unlikely that the police will take action.

Fflaurie Fri 29-Mar-19 18:21:20

if you find a website called NEXTDOOR, and look for your area, you can ask your question on there. It is an ideal forum for neighbours in an area to share recommendations or warnings. That's how we found the people to install our CCTV and it certainly gives you more security and peace of mind.

bikergran Fri 29-Mar-19 18:51:00

Just googled Nextdoor but you have to put your email address in.

icanhandthemback Fri 29-Mar-19 19:55:09

We have 4 cameras which we used to love watching. Nowadays, we catch spiders spinning their webs over the lenses. If the police ever used any footage from them, they'd need miraculous image enhancing software as it is amazing how those spiders make better doors than windows!
Last year, someone stole on of my Tree Lilies overnight. I put a post on Facebook saying I was going to be using the cameras to protect them in future and I haven't had any problems since!

Mercedes55 Fri 29-Mar-19 22:49:11

We are currently trying to find the best camera too. We started off with the Hive one, but it was very hit and miss with what it was detecting. Some days I was in and out a lot of the time in the car and it didn't pick me up at all so I was a bit disappointed with that. Also the Hive camera only records when it's detects movement, so for the many times it doesn't detect then you have no idea if anyone has been onto your property. It also doesn't seem to work with any of the actions available on the Hive app, which was another disappointment.
Today we took our Hive one back and got our money back and we are now trying out the Nest one as that one does record all the time, so even if it happens to miss a notification you can always scroll back to see what you have missed. The downside thought is the £4 a month subscription.
I might try out the Ring one next before I decide which one to stick with.
You also need quite a good and stable wifi signal to get a decent image and it's not always easy to know how good the signal is outside of your property.