Like many people these days in the US, I’m a bit concerned about security when it comes to my home, my domicile. Granted I don’t live in an area that is especially rife with crime, but from reading the local newspapers I am aware that it does indeed exist here as well as places in this vicinity. Wherever there are places that are semi-affluent, there are going to be places on the other side of the coin, that don’t have sufficient funds, and there are going to be people wanting to take what they don’t, or can’t have on their own. Consequently, I’ve been considering upgrading our surveillance here at the house.
Rather than going the ‘whole hog’ and purchasing a subscription to an entity that does the work for me; ie: installs the cameras, sets up window and door triggers and monitors the house and grounds 24/7 (it can get expensive, no matter what the TV ads tell you) I opted for something a little less pricey. Amazon recently purchased a company that made/makes security cameras and my wife about 6 months ago was able to score a 3 camera deal with hub (that controls the cameras) for a good price. Within the last month, Amazon dropped the price on extra cameras (to add to the system) to where it wasn’t going to break my budget to buy a few more.
So now, I have somewhere between 5 and 10 cameras to put up and around the property. Obviously I’m not going to say exactly how many, suffice it to say there’s enough to have a pretty good view on every angle that needs to be looked at. Naturally, like the US nuclear triad theory, simply hanging cameras on all corners of the property and house isn’t going to deter thieves, but if their activities are going to be recorded for posterity, they might think twice about breaking and entering. Too, cameras aren’t the only thing I’ve been thinking about, working on and planning for, but it’s a necessary step for home security. Certainly not something that my parents would ever have considered necessary 40-50 years ago, but where I lived then, we didn’t lock our doors at night for probably the first 10 or so years we lived in that development.
Someone suggested a moat with mutated sea bass, with laser beams on their head. Sounds a bit too Austin Powers to me.