Wednesday, March 13, 2019
5 Tips to Get the Best Video From Your Hidden Camera Smoke Detector
Most actual smoke detectors are placed just above a doorway as you enter or exit a room. however this might not be the best place for a hidden camera smoke detector as the subject of interest could walk through the door so quickly that they do not trigger the camera's PIR sensor. Instead consider placing the smoke detector above a window or closet door in the back of the room. This will allow the PIR sensor time to fully activate the camera and the intruder will be walking toward the hidden camera instead of away from it.
Bottom View Smoke Detector Camera
This model of hidden camera has a hidden camera pointed out the bottom of the detector body. If this unit is mounted on the ceiling it will capture what is directly below. This means that a subject walking through a doorway will have the top of their head in view but not their face. Consider mounting a bottom view smoke detector camera on a wall, opposite of the doorway you suspect the subject will use. In this position the camera will capture all of the doorway and most of the floor to ceiling space of an average room with 9 foot high ceilings.
|Bottom view smoke detector hidden camera mounted on ceiling|
|Bottom view smoke detector hidden camera mounted on wall|
Side View Smoke Detector Camera
In this model of hidden camera the camera is mounted on the side of the detector body with the camera tilted slightly downward. Mount it on ceiling for an angle that will capture most of the floor space of a medium sized room as well as about 4-6 feet above the floor. When monitoring a long hallway consider having more than one hidden camera smoke detector mounted every 10-12 feet. This allows the subject to be captured on video in multiple positions and allows the PIR sensor on the additional camera to be triggered just as the subject is leaving the first camera's field of view.
|Side view smoke detector hidden camera mounted on ceiling|
Pick the Best Camera for the Space While a smoke detector is a pretty ordinary object to have in most spaces, in some spaces it might draw attention. For example it would be unusual to see a smoke detector mounted in a carport, a better choice would be the Cable Box Camera or even the Birdhouse Camera.
Monitoring Busy PlacesNo matter how much life a hidden camera battery might have, if the camera is being constantly activated by ordinary coming and going in a busy spot the battery will wear down quickly, possibly in less than a day. While you can check video recorded when the camera was active, no more video will be recorded until the battery can be recharged. Our hidden cameras that plug into an AC outlet are the best choice for this kind of surveillance. Another option is to take advantage of the Scheduled Recording option in the SG Home app. If you know when the person you are monitoring will be in the area you can set the camera to only wake to the PIR during that time, thus saving battery life.
Channel Your Inner Wile E. CoyoteThat rascally coyote never gave up chasing the Roadrunner. While we don't suggest tying an anvil to your hidden camera we DO suggest not giving up the first time if it doesn't capture the problem. Surveillance is as much an art as a science. You may need to adjust your camera placement, be prepared to schedule its recording time or be ready to check the memory card multiple times during the day. If climbing up a ladder to retrieve video from an SD card would draw attention to the hidden camera itself then monitor your video from your smart phone. You can even subscribe to our Cloud Recording and have access to downloaded video for a longer period of time without having to return to the camera at all.
Finally, remember that hidden cameras sometimes tell us good news. If after choosing your camera, carefully selecting its placement, and diligently checking its recording you discover that the suspicious behavior you originally noticed is actually quite innocent then consider it a good day. Breathe a sigh of relief and store your camera in a safe place for the next time you suspect a Road Runner has been sneaking around your cave.
Camera Placement Dos and Don'ts Checklist:
• DON'T place a camera near a doorway or other area that the subject would quickly walk by without triggering the camera
• DO make sure the camera fits into the use of the room and will not draw attention to itself
• DO make sure the camera is plugged in for monitoring busy areas just as a business' entry lobby
• DON'T mount a side view camera on a wall.
• DO be prepared to adjust your cameras placement at the beginning of your surveillance
Monday, November 12, 2018
Top 5 Tips for Keeping Your Home Safe During the Holidays
Top 5 tips for Keeping Your Home Safe
during the Holidays
You’re not alone if you are traveling this Holiday Season.
November is upon us and like you lots of people have travel plans approaching
from Thanksgiving to New Year’s. In 2017, we had record-breaking travel from November
the busiest months for long-distance trips every year. Increasing numbers of
homes are left unattended every year during the holidays.
Enjoy a worry-free trip this holiday. Follow these few tips
to keep your home secure while you’re away this season.
Up with Home Maintenance. Don’t leave a calling card for potential
intruders. Nothing tips them off more than mail, packages or newspapers piling
up, overgrown landscape, or snow in the driveway. Make sure you arrange for
these few things to be taken care of while you are away. Have a friend pick
them up or have your mail or newspapers stopped all together. This news report
of a home invasion tells how the thief knew no one was home by the newspapers
in the driveway. Don’t
fall victim to this simple mistake.
2. Make it look like someone is home. You
may have heard this one before, but we often forget it in our time of hustle
and bustle to get on the road. Simply adding
a timer to your lights to turn
on at a certain time can make it look like someone is home. Our outdoor
version can double as outside hidden security. Having a dark home is a dead
ringer you aren’t there. You don’t need to channel your inner Kevin McCallister
in Home Alone, to make your space
look occupied. Some other tricks are
leaving a pair of shoes by the door, keeping a TV on or keeping a car in the
3. Lock Up. It’s obvious, but sometimes we
forget. A large number of home invasions happen through unlocked entry. Take an
extra walk through your home to make sure all the windows and doors are locked
while you are away. Lock up or move any valuables out of sight. Also make sure
you don’t have any spare keys hidden in obvious places outside your home.
4. Home Security. Whether it’s a dog,
alarm system or video surveillance, you will know when someone has entered your
home. Our covert video surveillance is disguised in your everyday objects that
get overlooked in most circumstances. You can arm yourself with a standalone
DVR, WiFi or cloud storage camera. WiFi and Cloud
cameras have the ability of notifying you when they detect movement in the area
of view. With FREE apps, you can check-in with live streaming, recording and
play back options at anytime from anywhere you get a signal. And if your home
is broken into while you’re away, you can notify the authorities and have clear
evidence of the perpetrator to take to law enforcement.
5. Keep your plans off Social Media. In a
high technological society, we tend to overshare. We check-in and post from
everywhere. Don’t put your holiday travel schedule in print for everyone to see
because that information is widely accessed. Keep a close friend or neighbor in
the loop, they can check on your place while you are gone. You don’t need to
share right away, if you take any pictures or have any fun experience, post
them when you return.
Thursday, November 01, 2018
KJB Explains to Good Morning America How To Avoid Hidden Cameras On Vacation
Security expert Chad Kozlowski shares tips after a couple claim they found a hidden camera in their cruise ship stateroom. Watch the segment from Good Morning America: