questionshas anyone's home surveillance system come in…

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never had anything like this, but i like your storys :)

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Yes, I don't have one but I toolike the story and am upvoting this question to see if there are any other good stories. (Or: Convince me to buy one for myself)

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after our van had been broken into, our shed 3 times, and more we got a set of 4 cameras. went back later for a set of 8 cameras. we have on video the guy that broke into the shed (time #4) and the couple of young teen boys that walked onto our porch to steal the snowshovels (we saw them at the time and yelled "you're on camera. just drop 'em and go." they did). also have on camera the guy that rode up on his bike, jimmied my back car door, rifled thru my glove box and left. not good enough resolution for the cops, but most see the cameras and signs saying they are on video, and leave before doing stupid.

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Anyone have experience installing a system yourself? How difficult is it?

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I got the most use out of mine when we were hanging out in the basement and wanted to see who was at the front door.

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my old boss got one with night vision. The 2nd or 3rd night of having it installed/ they reviewed what they thought might be fun to see, I.e. Racoons and skunks damaging the landscaping, and low and behold...a stalker. A guy dressed in a raincoat and ball cap standing in one spot observing the house for !/2 hr at a time a couple of days in a row around 10pm and once about 11pm. They immediately got motion sensing lights and pointed 2 cameras at the backyard and patio. ((chills))

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I've thought about getting one that sends video to the internet so I can look in on my dog while I am at work. Anyone have their camera stolen?

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We've had the occasional escapee from our asylum and have used the saved video to determine the direction they headed. So far we've retrieved everyone - had to shoot one though(with a dart gun). Oh, BTW, we are a veterinary clinic.

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@moondrake: We've had no problems at all with stolen cameras, but sounds like some of the posters here might have an issue with that :( We actually used one of our color cameras for awhile to watch a pair of robins that built a nest in our apple tree and raised a family. It was fun to watch them up close- and we could review the hours we were away at work and school so we didn't miss anything. They were a bit leery of the camera at first but soon ignored it completely. Is the dog in a large area? You will need something waterproof and that can cover the area. Wouldn't we all like to know what our pets get into when we're away?

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@liquidblue1: we installed our in less than two hours (only took that long because "the angle is all wrong"). ours are wired, so hiding the wires took a little time.

@moondrake: our larger set is available to be online. it just has a few settings that you have to adjust. the hardest part was getting the configuration correct from the internet (took a couple emails to the manufacturer, but they were polite and quick to respond). also make sure your internet is security enabled so no one can go on and delete video. and no, we hever had anyone mess with/try to steal them. definitely night vision required.

@jmattoon: not an option. neighborhood got better when most of the houses got condemned as unfit for habitation. half the houses are now just abandoned. peaceful. calm. quiet.

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@caron7: He's in a 15x 25 run with attached garage. It's not so much to see what he gets into (he just has his toys, water dish, sofa and pallet) but to make sure he is okay. 1 in 6 Great Danes develop a condition called bloat, which can kill in a couple of hours without emergency surgery. I work 10 hour days (4/10 schedule) and sometimes worry about him getting bloat while I'm away. Having a camera that would let me look in on him every hour or so would be a great stress reliever. I have thought about putting one in the garage and one in the run.

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@moondrake: Gosh, I can see why this would worry you. We just lost our dog in October and were glad that we were home when it happened. Otherwise, I can understand how the "what if..." questions would always be there. There was nothing we could do, and we know that for sure, since we were right there with her.

I think this is a worthwhile investment for you and think you will be glad you did it. The infrared (night) camera would definitely help you in the garage setting. All the best to you and your dog!

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We'd been woken many times by someone pounding on the outside of the house.we also had cars broken into a few times so decided surveilance would be a good investment. We identified the latenight culprits(rivals of my nephews.)my teenage son accused a boy of stealing his ipod, who retaliated a few days later by ambushing my son, which resulted in my son having broken ribs and orbital fracture. after returning home from the hospital the boy came to our house and bashed the front door in with a bat, which we caught on tape. without the video the prosecuter would not have ordered an investigation (the boy ultimately admitted to stealing the ipod and intigating the fight.) just wanted to mention, beware of mualti-cam "kits". indoor/outdoor does NOT mean weather proof. specs must state the Cam is waterproof, otherwise u are throwing your money away if you place the cam outside. affordable waterproof cams are usually sold individually, rather than with a monitoring system.

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Caught my ex-wife slapping me across the face. That, my friends, is assault, and she spent the night in jail because of it.

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My ex-girlfriend is a drunk... or clumsy... either way I have a folder on my desktop full of what I call my "best of" clips from the cameras... There are a few funny clips of myself running from bees and spiders, UPS men scratching themselves, and my friends peeing on my flowers thinking that its dark and they can't be seen.