Addition to security system

Discussion in 'Home Theater and Automation' started by quartet-man, Jan 7, 2018.

  1. quartet-man

    quartet-man Saved by grace

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    I was curious if there is anything I can put in my office (as far as camcorder or what not) as additional security. This is just more for me to monitor my office as there have been times that people have unlocked it when I am not here and not locked it (or even shut the door which locks automatically). I can use my computer to record to if need be (or an external dedicated drive), but want my computer locked. Is there such a thing. I would want to be able to access it from home (and maybe even my cellphone). Quality wouldn't have to be super great as it is more to make sure the door gets closed and what not although I suppose it would be nice for monitoring things in the office as well. I might even want more than one to get different areas of the office.

    Part of this too is motivated in the fact that the asst. doesn't have as tight control over the keys because others have access to them all now whereas she had to distribute them before (and keep track of what had them and then get them back). I do want something I can tell who is in in case the door did get opened and someone got in (say a repair person) and took things or messed with things.
     
  2. Blaster3

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    nanny cam comes to mind, fairly cheap, concealed and effective...
     
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    It might seem a little odd, but I bought a security system for the company I work for.
    It's MINE.
    I considered that it was a cheap lock, to secure my tools and the company tools and equipment,
    that I need to do my job.
    Even though they are not hooked up yet, the mounted cameras are doing the job.

    There is a very fine line between spying and security.
    That's why I won't be asking the company to reimburse me.

    If your looking at the security system that I linked above, I bought these accessories:

    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B071RM2HS7/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o02_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00G9DIR34/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o03_s01?ie=UTF8&psc=1

    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0719SXM8L/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o03_s01?ie=UTF8&psc=1

    2x https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0748GLJW7/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o03_s01?ie=UTF8&psc=1
     
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    quartet-man Saved by grace

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    I have decades worth of accompaniment tracks, musical gear/ instruments, songbooks, reference books and such that are my personal property many of which are locked away in my filing cabinets and other cabinets. A lot of these are irreplaceable even though they wouldn't necessarily have a lot of resale value, but they are valuable to me.
     
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  6. David M

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    Just make sure the cameras are a true 1080p or better. I have seen plenty of videos on the news, Facebook etc where the culprits faces were so blurry that they could not be identified. What good is seeing the image of a human but their faces cannot be identified?

    I was comparing different systems at Costco and you pretty much get what you pay for. The lowest end systems may not be adequate for what you need. There are features on the recording side of a camera system end that are important as well.

    Make sure the recorder box is hidden or secured so nobody can walk off with it. Hide the cameras as well as possible so they cannot be removed or covered.
     
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    Video Doorbell 2

    The above is getting pretty popular these days. It could be used other places beside as a doorbell. I'm not sure how it works, but apparently it's pretty easy to snip out a minute or two and post/email to the police a URL to the short video.
     
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    @quartet-man ... things to consider... many locales do not allow audio recording, unless you are part of the conversation, 12 states only allow audio if ALL parties involved give consent, workplace recording of audio or video is regulated & differs in each locale... whether the place of recording is a public or private room/office... tricky stuff... you might catch a culprit, only to later be sued and evidence made inadmissible...

    https://www.govdocs.com/can-employees-record-video-audio-workplace/

    10 Best Nanny Cams of 2018 | SafeWise Buyer's Guide

    Audio Surveillance Laws by State:Everything You Need to Know

    https://lifehacker.com/what-you-need-to-know-when-recording-your-enemies-1795226719
     
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    Our phone system can record phone calls. The company says they have talked to several lawyers and told me the laws here at least in consent (one way). I presume that is that way for the other, but will check. I am looking for more of a deterrent than something to bust them with (though I might have to find them and bust some kneecaps. ;) )