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  • July 25, 2014

    Spy Camera Scenario: Preventing a teenage house party

    Scenario

    Me and my husband are going out of town for a couple of days next week, leaving our teenage son alone in the house. At first we didn’t think twice about trusting him alone in the house, but throughout this week we’ve seen posts on his facebook wall hinting at “carnage”, and (I quote) “a wreckd orgy of destruction”. We are now terrified that we will be leaving our beautiful home at the mercy of a drunken teenage house party. My husband is especially worried about his valuable collection of antique Toby Jugs getting damaged. As we simply don’t trust the little so-and-so anymore, is there a reliable way for us to keep an eye on the house whilst he is away? We will have our smartphones with us, but we won’t be able to leave a computer running in the home whilst we’re out.

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  • July 4, 2014

    6 People who regret being caught on Dashcam

    Originally made popular by drivers in countries like Russia- where police extortion and insurance fraud are all too common hazards for road users- Dashboard cameras (or “Dashcams”) are now an indispensible tool for drivers all over the world. By sitting behind the windshield and recording every that happens on the road in front of the car, providing you with vital evidence in case of collisions, shunts, or even scam artists. Of course, their widespread usage has also allowed us to capture moments of breathtaking insanity that would otherwise have been lost to the ages. Here are a few of the more ludicrous road users, who now surely wish they were not caught on Dashcam…

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  • June 6, 2014

    Spy Camera Scenario: Using an IR repeater for CCTV

    Scenario

    I help manage a small warehouse property on a trading estate. Recently there has been some break-ins on other properties on the estate, so we are now looking at improving our security systems. We have a small security office by the entrance of the property, across the car park from the warehouse, and want to have security monitors in this office viewing 4 cameras in the warehouse. Unfortunately we can’t run a cable, as it would have to pass over the car park, and we still need vandal proof cameras, so we’ve been told wired cameras with transmitters are the way to go. The prices for 4 transmitter packs however are quite expensive, and way beyond our budget. Are there any ways we can have a similar set up for within our budget, perhaps using an IR repeater?

     

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  • June 3, 2014

    Using CCTV microphones to capture audio

    Perhaps counterintuitively, one of the things that often separates professional security cameras from lower quality CCTV equipment is that professional cameras almost never feature built-in microphones. Whilst the most basic wireless cameras have compact built-in microphones, even the most fully-specced...

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  • May 30, 2014

    Spy Camera Scenario: Using a trail camera to record deer

    Scenario

    My home is in a beautiful but remote wooded area in Scotland. After recently installing CCTV for home security, we have discovered that Deer are visiting our property far more often than we realised, and we would love to capture some shots of them at night. They’ve made some fleeting appearances on our CCTV, but it’s really not designed for that, so we have been looking into using a trail camera. Would these be the best way of unobtrusively getting pictures of them? Is there anything I should bear in mind when setting them up to record?

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  • May 2, 2014

    Spy Camera Scenario: Upgrading to an IP security system

    I run a second hand luxury car dealership in a retail park, so naturally security is a major concern. Most of the cars are kept in a large car park at the back of our property, but recently we have had some unfortunate break-ins. Whilst the crims didn’t manage to get away with anything, they did cause quite a bit of damage in their attempt. Naturally we already have a 700TVL car park CCTV system, but even that really didn’t record the level of detail we wanted when we went back to look at the footage. If we want to improve on this system, what would our options be? I have read about IP security systems, but am a bit confused as to how they work- would that be an option?
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  • April 1, 2014

    Spy Camera Scenario: Who is stealing food from my cupboard?

    Scenario

    Recently I have been at my wit’s end trying to solve an incredibly frustrating mystery. I am a Uni Fresher living in halls with a shared kitchen, and over the course of the last few weeks everything from corn flakes to croissants- and even part of my cherished collection of Beers- has gone walkabout from my cupboard. I actually have suspicions it could actually be the security guard, who we have seen mysteriously hanging around in the kitchen on occasion, but it would be impossible to make a serious allegation without any form of proof. Can you help me find out who is stealing food from my cupboard?

    An array of basic tinned food As I live in halls, I cannot install anything permanent, and I can only access it at certain points in the day, so it would need to have a scheduling or motion detection mode that can be left running for quite a while. Is this possible?

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  • March 27, 2014

    CCTV and The Law: Nosy Neighbours Misusing CCTV Cameras

    Many people are unclear about how CCTV can be used and their rights when they’re the ones being recorded. This article will answer some common questions for people who feel that their neighbours are misusing their CCTV cameras and filming things that invade their privacy.

    CCTV camera set up on wall to monitor neighbour
    CCTV footage is increasingly being relied on to settle disputes

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  • March 25, 2014

    Spy Camera Scenario: Preventing theft while camping

    Scenario

    This coming Spring, me and my boyfriend are going to fulfil an ambition we’ve had for years, and hike the length of the Appalachian trail. However, after a theft on a previous camping trip, we were looking for a way to record anyone around our tent when we are out. As it will be in the countryside, it will obviously need to be something battery powered, but we are concerned about how many batteries we will get through in order to keep it working for the entire trek. We are also avid nature lovers, so if the camera could also record any wildlife nearby at night that would be a benefit. Is there anything you could suggest for preventing theft while camping?

     

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