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  • AmosMoses01
    Club Member
    • Jun 2018
    • 187
    • Round Rock, TX
    • New Orleans born, Mississippi raised, empty nester, living in Central Texas for 20+ years - looking to buy my first pellet smoker. Awed by the info on this site already!

    Security camera recommendations?

    Yesterday was one of those days where something probably minor in the grand scheme of things happened, but the fact that it did happen was just terribly unsettling...

    We've lived in the home we're in for almost 20 years now, and haven't had any issues in the neighborhood at all. While not Mayberry from a rural perspective, it has definitely felt safe and there wasn't risk that your stuff is going to be ripped off like in some other urban areas I've lived in. I guess we were in a mental bubble, but since we've never had issues with theft or even heard of neighbors having problems, we've never thought twice about having packages delivered and left at the front door. My wife told me yesterday evening that we can't do that anymore, since two packages were delivered yesterday and were swiped from the front door by a kid.

    The only reason we knew that it happened was that the kid opened the packages and was evidently disappointed to find a doughnut seat cushion (which he dropped in the yard next to ours) and some probiotics for one of our pets. He then knocked on the door of a neighbor behind us and offered to sell the lady there the probiotics, calling it some "medicine." She declined, and her husband went out to look and see what the heck the kid was doing - the kid had run away, but left the torn packaging in their front yard, which had our address on it. He brought it to our house and told my wife what happened. (Amazon, btw, was very kind and offered an immediate refund, even though my wife told them it was theft and wasn't their fault.)

    So now we cannot trust packages to be dropped off, which is very frustrating, and in some cases like with the mail order medications I have to take (90 day supply shipments that my insurance mandates for ongoing medications) is unavoidable. So now I'm starting to search for home security video cameras.

    A quick search yielded Nest as the best, but they're definitely proud of their solution. If that's the way to go, I'll do it, but want to be informed as possible. If y'all have any experience with security cameras for the home, I'd love to hear your experiences and recommendations.

    Thanks in advance!
  • Henrik
    Founding Member - Moderator Emeritus
    • Jul 2014
    • 3979
    • Stockholm, Sweden

    Start by reading this thread and see if you still have questions:



    • AmosMoses01
      AmosMoses01 commented
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      Thanks Henrik, I evidently didn't search enough... Will go through that thread.

    • Darchie03
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      I prefer A sniper on the roof
  • RonB
    Club Member
    • Apr 2016
    • 11855
    • Near Richmond VA
    • Weber Performer Deluxe
      Pizza insert
      Smokenator 1000
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      lots of probes.

    Another solution is to get a nice looking box or fake planter to put next to the door. Most retailers have an extra address line available. Use that line to say something like "Put packages in box".


    • Steve R.
      Club Member
      • Jul 2016
      • 2096
      • Elizabethtown, KY
      • Current line-up of cookers: Weber 26" kettle w/ SnS and BBQ Guru adapter; Weber Ranch Kettle w/ Guru adapter.

      You may want to have those packages delivered to you at work, if that is an option.

      I bought a set of 5 Arlo (Netgear) wireless cameras to cover every outside door and the driveway. It doesn't call the police or activate an alarm, but it is motion activated and notifies me when motion is detected. I can then pull up the app and see a video of what triggered the alert. At any time I can go online and watch live video from any or all of the cameras. If you just want to be able to keep an eye on things, this does a good job for less than $400 and no monthly charges.
      Last edited by Steve R.; February 28th, 2019, 08:54 AM.


      • Chief1232
        Club Member
        • May 2018
        • 46
        • Washington State

        I have a Ring doorbell and I really like it. Costco is running a sale on the Ring security system as well at the moment. I believe its $200 for a 10 piece set. I don't have the security system yet, but the doorbell is really nice to know when the packages arrive!


        • RichieB
          Club Member
          • Apr 2018
          • 1109
          • Western Mass

          I also have a Ring doorbell. I like it. But beware if you to want to retain the video it is a subscription. If you only have 1 then it's $30/yr. If say you add a video spotlight for the driveway they bump it tp $100/yr. it includes monitoring. If interested you can go to http://ring.com to see if it's what your looking for.


          • Bobby Q's
            Club Member
            • Dec 2018
            • 64
            • Georgia

            I have the Blink system from Amazon and love it! Completely wireless cameras that are weatherproof with no monthly subscriptions or charges.


            • SmokingSteve
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              Blink is really great!
          • toone1
            Club Member
            • Jun 2018
            • 1

            Hello from Toronto, Ontario! I will 2nd the post above for Netgear products.

            I went with an Arlo Pro 2 suite of cameras & base station about a year ago and could not be happier. The primary reason was they are motion activated, and includes free cloud service (think it's a week - and if you want more, premium subscriptions are offered).


            • Steve R.
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              The battery life on my cameras is much better than I expected, based on the reviews. I purchased and installed mine mid-October last year and they are all sitting around 85% battery life.
          • Bumby
            Club Member
            • Oct 2017
            • 273
            • NYC

            I have several cameras. Bought them after I was robbed several years ago. As much as I love living in NYC, these are the hazards.

            Even with the cameras, people are smart enough to steal packages if they want to. If the camera is placed high, they can wear a hat. If the camera is placed low, they could simply lift up the collar of their shirt to cover their face.

            Best advice -- ship anything valuable to work unless it is too heavy to carry.

            Or do this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xoxhDk-hwuo




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