I have 3 cameras in typical box enclosures overlooking a bluff. Because of the steep drop I need to have them relatively low to keep the angle reasonable enough to make out faces. Also, as a deterrent I am not trying to hide them, but would rather them be visible from outside my property line, roughly 30 feet down the bluff.
After reading some recent discussions about protecting bullet cameras I decided to modify my enclosures to include a visible 'snip' loop as a possible added measure of alert and deterrence.
My reasons were
- It's easy.
- Why not?
Basically, I took a cable-thru the bracket enclosure and added a hole-thru-the bottom, like so:
The outside end of the snip loop just short-circuits (after disappearing into a beam), the enclosure side is wired to the input i/o contacts. The i/o is configured to trigger when an open is detected. The open triggers the output relay which powers a small 'scraminal' style siren. It also triggers the VMS which sends an email.
Recently when I was out with a teenage nephew, I was pointing out security cameras in public places, as I'm often guilty of doing, when he said 'that one's not real, it's got no cable'. I'm not sure if most actual criminals think this, but some certainly do, and so the thought is, if they want to see a cable, show them one.
And if they believe it's real, hopefully it will be the way they try to disable it. It could save the camera, and scare them off, without the downside of false alarms.
Is this a modification others have made?
Any remarks, including mild riducule welcome!