How to Secure Your Home and Property with Game or Trail Cameras
Home security is a significant and growing concern for many Australians, with crime statistics leading many to wonder whether their property is actually safe. Modern vandals and burglars understand that speed and a clean getaway are more important in getting away with a crime than stealth or a lack of evidence left behind. They will come equipped and willing to smash, cut, or barge through any present security, take what they want, and leave again before law enforcement can respond. Resisting them directly is a massive risk, and trying to fortify your home is uneconomical, so the best solution is to provide a more surefire way of tracking them after their escape, such as footage of the criminals in the act.
Trail cameras: a dynamic and affordable solution
Camera footage, especially close up or of getaway vehicles, can be used by police to help track and catch perpetrators, and is admissible as evidence in any legal proceedings. Unfortunately, traditional security cameras are quite expensive, and often targeted by clued-in burglars, who know that most expensive homes will have this sort of equipment.
Trail or game cameras are powerful, camouflaged, self-contained camera units, capable of supporting extended outdoor use. Designed to capture images of game animals based on a movement trigger, many Australians have begun to use them as unexpected alternatives to security cameras. They are cheaper, rugged, and offer many appropriate features for the task. Here’s the summary of what to look for in a security game camera, from the expert dealers at Proschoice.
A camera to catch a thief
While there are many common features between trail cameras and security cameras, not all the models at Proschoice are well equipped to catch human criminals in the act. You want to find a camera which operates at night, but that does not use a flash; you want the camera to be as stealthy as possible, since most of them record their photos and video to a memory card inside the unit and are thus vulnerable to tampering. As such, a great option is a cellular trail camera, which uploads backups of its footage over a mobile internet connection.
The other key feature to consider is the battery life and trigger speed of the unit; you want a unit which will last a long time on its batteries for convenience’s sake, but if you plan on photographing getaway vehicles a trigger speed under a second will work best. There are even certain trail cameras now being optimised for capturing legible stills of car numberplates. Take a look around the extensive Proschoice store and track down a model which suits your security needs.