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    Vandalism

    As some of you know I live in a small German village. We are now having a spate of vandalism to cars. It is happening to people who are relatively new commers. Two cars opposite to my house have been keyed and I have had the air let out two of my tyres on the Jaguar.

    I am considering buying a security camera which will be focused on my cars on my drive. The problem is I suspect that it is one of my neighbours child who is out of control and forever doing stupid things.

    Can anybody recommend a good value camera which does not have to be wired permanently to the house.
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    Cheap cameras are rubbish, I changed mine to a 4 camera HD system made by Swann.
    The images are crystal clear and the whole house is covered as well as the car.
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    Got to agree - Swann are up there in terms of quality, and cheaping out on cameras is a false economy - you want the images as clear as possible, even if it is only to knock on a neighbours door and show them their little brat lining himself up for a fall.
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    Thinking outside of the box here - I have a 'Little Acorn' wildlife camera set up in my garden, and it records nightly visits from the local foxes and occasional badgers.
    It records to an SD card and I take that out every morning for a viewing.

    They are small, easily concealed and you can set them up for stills or video - mine takes 60 seconds of action every time it's triggered, and it runs of off AA batteries, which will last about a week if you get as many hits as I do (about 20 to 30 a night). I've now got mine rigged to a solar charging device and use the batteries as a back-up.

    https://www.ukwildlifecameras.co.uk/...210a_P629.html
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    Going with owl's idea, a dashcam with a USB power supply and a chunky capacity SD card - the problem would be concealing it, keeping it dry, and checking regularly enough to catch anything.
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    Quote Originally Posted by fat controller View Post
    Going with owl's idea, a dashcam with a USB power supply and a chunky capacity SD card - the problem would be concealing it, keeping it dry, and checking regularly enough to catch anything.
    The nextbase and many other dash cams have a motion sensor park setting, it triggers the cam if movement is detected within the visual range of the cam and will run to the predetermined time you set it for then switch off and save. Then repeat again later if they come back, so a normal 32g sd is usually plenty and not a constant drain on the battery. Plus you also have the advantage of using it in the event of a road accident for insurance purposes. Fit it to the car and reverse on the drive lol!
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    There is a whole range of these cams out there. Two things you need most. Clarity. Perhaps put up a bright light triggered by motion? Position. Its great having the little brat walking up to your car as clear as day but if he disappears behind your car you cannot actually claim you saw him damage your car. So perhaps park very close to the fence so he cannot do that side? I too am in favour of the wildlife cams. or perhaps a tiny cam, good quality, hidden in a birdbox? Or a convincing dummy cam mounted high up and obvious?

    For instance https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/JUSTOP-So...5:razz:f:0&var

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    There are a few motorcycle camera's that can easily handle 100 mph water washes. They are designed to be exposed. Take one of those into consideration?
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    I have just bought on fleabay a netbase 412gw for 55 pounds but I will also but an animal camera.
    Thanks for all your ideas.
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    put up a couple of dummy Cameras but let you Neighbours know they are state of the Art add some outside lights too.

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