Terry, regarding the signs, what are your concerns? Is it a legal / liability issue or?
First and foremost, check what your State law says about it. Second, you have signs now and the burglars robbed the neighbors. Sounds like the signs worked pretty well to me. I would also ask my neighbors what they think if we are on speaking terms, but I live in the sticks. You sound like the homeowner so my advice is to protect your home using every reasonable method.
IPVMU Certified | 05/27/15 04:28pm
Dovetailing Mark's comment above: I think the intent of signage regulations were not originally to deter, but to divulge.
Once upon a time, video surveillance was fairly uncommon. Notifying the public cameras were in use up front was a better alternative that someone discovering a camera and accusing you of 'privacy violations' or being a creep or some such thing.
For a private residence, I doubt any signage regulations apply.
Chesapeake & Midlantic | 05/27/15 05:04pm
Cameras should be sited so that they provide mutually supporting fields of view. In other words, It should be impossible to approach and interfere with a camera without being viewed and recorded by another camera. If you're going to have signage, you'll want the signs to be within the field of view of at least one camera, at a high enough PPF to ensure facial recognition, because those signs are irresistable to idiot high school boys and sending their parents video of their sons stealing your signs is always good for a laugh.
While signs won't deter the 'professional' burglars- that is, people who plan a burglary, and who commit burglary on a semi-regular basis- it may well make your local meth addict nervous enough to decide to go and bother your neighbor instead. Studies show that 60% of burglars decide against carrying out a burglary if they detect the presence of an alarm system. I do not know specifically what affect surveillance camera signs have on would-be burglars, because, as you can see from this thread, they aren't very common, but I would conclude that it probably has a similiar effect.
Pro Focus LLC | 05/29/15 11:30am
Were these the bullets that you wanted to prevent from tampering? Domes will fix this.
Excellent! That is always gravy.
No. While it is "great advertisement", it can turn into a nightmare, such as cops getting accustomed to coming to you for video, or the chance of you getting pulled into court as owner of the camera system.
I put one of those house number reflective signs out infront of my one house out in the country, and it attracted break ins, so I took it down.
House is behind a thin tree line but there's a mailbox at the road. As soon as I put up one of those green reflective house number signs for emergency people to find it, I starred having issues. The sign looks like mile marker signs on the side of the highway. I took it down and it reduced problems. The problems I have had, we're caught on camera and we were able to prosecute off of the video. Neighbor has alarm signs in front and back yard and still gets hit.