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Home surveillance

Updated on June 14, 2011

The latest thing in home surveillance devices

A friend who has a beautiful home in the inner city, right down-town in a wonderful location lived there for twenty years without being robbed or his house broken in to.

He is a natural inner city animal and very street smart, so he had renovated the inside and left the outside of his beautiful home looking a bit average so as not to attract thieves.

Not one exit door or window had just one conventional lock. Locks were fitted, but other hidden locks had to be found, and unless someone saw him unlock they would never be able to break in, and as the house did not look rich on the outside, no one had tried to rob him anyway.

After his wife made him paint the outside of their home, it was broken in to twice within a year.

Both robbers smashed a front window in daylight hours..

This was a perplexing problem. It is a more desperate thief who will smash a front window in a busy place in the day time.

My friend went online and searched for surveillance equipment that would cover a property from 3 exposed sides as he rightly deduced that his property was now a target for thieves.

The surveillance equipment that he purchased known as X10 technology is truly clever and very high powered. It runs off his laptop.

He has four cameras that run live and record activity to his hard drive with day/night vision. Any activity sets the system in motion and is monitored and recorded.

Total cost? USD $270 plus shipping. This is the best solution I have ever seen for home surveillance or home security system, and can be set up in minutes!

He has a recorded message for the thieves now. It says

"take a seat, the police are almost here to arrest you"

I have had experience with top end home security in the past, having sold them for an American company who had the best systems available.

They are all outdated by computer driven systems that can be started or stopped, record activity 24/7 or just activate when movement is detected. it is cheaper, easier to hide, totally effective and can even ring the police before the intruder breaks in. Activity is seen in full colour and heard in stereo sound.

It just got very tough for thieves. Just brilliant!

Monthly fee Installed equipment..

You can have an installed system from around $12-$15 a month for the first 6 months to try one of these cheaper monitered services.

You will get free connection, free maintenance check, stickers.

You pay for servicing in most cases and the monitoring is outsourced to a monitoring company.

Some installations will cost way more with extra equipment needs, so get an estimate from several companies first.

The future of surveillance equipment.

Like all technology surveillance equipment is becoming smaller and cheaper with better value for money driving the market towards wider useage and tolerance to heat, cold, direct sunlight and UV discoloration.

X10 security
X10 security

Secret surveillance

A secret surveillance device these days can be just about anywhere you can think of. The humble telephone is now a voice recorder with silent operation, a video recorder and camera.

Surveillance in full color with sound is also available as modules for every part of your house for a few hundred dollars. Most of the cameras are so small you can hide them in plain view with just a little bit of imagination.

Have you ever been robbed?

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      earnestshub 8 years ago from Melbourne Australia

      Great idea the dummy alarm, works like a real one. I put a dummy alarm in one of my older cars. It cost me $4 at the radio parts store including the flashing LED and signage..

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      Mrvoodoo 8 years ago from ?

      I love checking out all the spy gadgets you can buy online like video recording pens and phone bugs.  Having grown up on James Bond like most English blokes I've always harbored fantasies of becoming a super spy, and the tiny gadgets are a must.

      When I have workmen, etc visit I always position all my old webcams on shelves attached to old computer components and old toasters, etc. to make it look like I have an elaborate surveillance system, the cameras may not be connected to anything, but they don't know that. :D

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      earnestshub 8 years ago from Melbourne Australia

      I have had security systems that are monitored on my factory where I sold and stored machinery. I also had a monitored system on my house for about 5 years. Luckily I did not have any break and enters. When I tested the service myself at the factory, the response was so bad I immediately changed the system to one that rang my mobile, and saved myself $790.00 a year.

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      ColdWarBaby 8 years ago

      Most security systems are monitored by people in a call center. If they receive a signal indicating that your security has been breached, they call the home owner.

      If the person who answers doesn't know the "password" or if nobody answers, they call the police.

      Uncategorized calls from companies monitoring home security systems are just about the lowest priority for response by police.

      If you can't get them to your house with a direct 911 call, which involves a life or death situation, how long do you think it will take them to respond to a non-specific report of a home alarm system going off?