Best security camera

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  1. TMNT

    TMNT Well-Known Member

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    A Long term tenant who has had ex issues since moving in, wants a security camera installed

    Havent worked out the details of who is paying and exactly what type of system , but im considering it

    But,
    Assuming its just one camera that takes video of the front area of the house, does anyone have any recommendations?

    I dont want to get one thats stupidly hard to use eg software wise or she'll just complain,
    Dont want one thats complicated either,
    Dont want one thats going to break within 6 weeks either
     
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    Never giveup Well-Known Member

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    Have you considered re :
    wireless vs hard wired
    Dome vs bulket vs turret
    Ip based
    Dvr vs nvr etc...
     
  3. wylie

    wylie Moderator Staff Member

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    We have Google Nest cameras after our neighbours were robbed a while back. I can see who is at the door from my computer or on my phone, home or away. There is about a five second delay and I have it set up so I get a "ding". I can turn the notification off when I'm at home but I tend to leave it on all the time.

    Ours were installed by an electrician, and cost us about $230(ish) each but recently @[email protected] posted a link to a small one inch cubed camera that didn't need wiring.

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    You can get these on eBay too. They look good.
     
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  4. Michael Mitchell

    Michael Mitchell Property Manager Business Member

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    If it were me, I'd simply give the tenant permission to have them installed - that way, totally on them for knowing how to use it, maintenance of the hardware, etc etc. And you can then stipulate when they leave they either leave it installed (if it's good and something you like) or they remove it and patch n paint any installation holes/points etc.

    At my previous PPOR I used Swann pack off the shelf from Bunnings or JB HiFi etc, it was excellent, very simply to use and install - didn't need a tech, just plug n play. At the complex I live in and manage now, Body Corp paid for a basic CCTV system, it's pretty mickey mouse still but does the job, not cheap though.
     
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  5. TMNT

    TMNT Well-Known Member

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    nope, havent even started looking yet, and dont even know any of those words mean, but looking for cheaper for obvious reasons

    that sounds like the best idea, let them install whatever they want, that relieves me of any responsbility if it doesnt work or too hard to use
     
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  6. Jasmine

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    Don't bother with anything off the shelf from Bunnings or JB HiFi. They are just repackaged webcams (with bad quality). Lookup HIK Vision that make great devices and systems. If you go down the Bunnings/JBHiFi path stay away from WiFi Cameras. At a minimum, look for a Power over Ethernet (PoE) system.
     
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  7. Paul@PFI

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    Jaycar has some good home security products at affordable prices.

    If there is a issue with a former partner then high quality vision, motion detection and thermal / IR are quite important to assist police charging a suspect. Also time logging and multiple angles. Wifi and small cameras really let you down in this area. Tip - Ensure the meter box is locked with a enrgy provided keyed lock, You dont want power to be flicked off.

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    Connect to a basic PC monitor. Comes with a 1TB DVR. Push notifications to app and device for alert so you dont also become obsessed with watching.
     
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    mikey7 Well-Known Member

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    If you want 'cheap' excellent quality systems, then Swann is the go. I use them and they are awesome. Looking at upgrading mine soon. They're about $1500 for a full 8 camera system thats 4K, motion detection, heat detection etc. And all connects to your phone (provided you connect it to your home internet).

    If the tenant wants something they can take with them, then 'Arlo' is one brand to look at. Pricey, but wireless and can build your own system essentially - start with 1 camera and add more later.

    The issue with wireless is that you can buy a wireless jammer off ebay (illegal, but easy to get), which will basically render the wireless ones useless.
     
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  9. Tom Rivera

    Tom Rivera Property Manager Business Member

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    I definitely agree that you should give the tenant permission to supply and install the cameras. The details of whether they are kept or removed when she leaves is up to you, but I wouldn't put them in at your cost.
     
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    alicudi Well-Known Member

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    I have some of those cheap ebay type systems at several properties and they are garbage. I just had a HIK Vision intercom door bell system fitted with 5 cameras and DVR and yes it was pricey compared to all of the ebay junk but it works a treat and the video quality difference is like comparing chalk and cheese especially at night time.