> What did you mean by this? Did you have DVD quality? Or the police wouldn't prosecute because you didn't have that quality?
The kids were wearing hoodies, it was at night, with DVD (640) quality one could not make a positive facial ID at that distance (40-50') with my video, I was very unhappy. One cop told me he knew exactly who was on the video because the same three kids were caught spraying over traffic signs the week before. I suspect the police did not want to ruin someone's young life. That's not my problem, cost my insurance company $19,000 and I think mercy is an issue for the judge to consider after prosecution and restitution.
> You mean the installer didn't do the camera selection, placement, and aim for you, but rather you decided on what you wanted. Right?
The installer selected wide view cameras for good over lap. I found the images useless for use in court because the images we so distorted. I had the cameras replaced with normal view cameras and later doubled the cameras (with 1080) to fill in between the existing camera coverage. I now have very ample coverage and OK detail. My next camera system will step up in image quality all over again.
We agreed on initial placement ( a consult situation), the second purchase filled in the uncovered areas.
I stood out in the yard with my laptop until I was happy with the aim. No I did not get up on the ladder myself and perform the physical aim.
The same company did both my alarm system and CCTV camera system. I like their work and I consider both systems a cooperative venture. After reading this topic for two days I now understand that some tech heavyweights reside here. Having acknowledged that; it is one thing if one has problems with their automated blinds; but I would argue that for alarms and cameras work with a pro to get it right the first time. Some HA is mission critical and some is not.
I am in the market for a new home. It would be new construction and feature some home automation by design. I will be very involved in the planning, some things are very important to me other features less so. Everyone's priorities will be different.
I'll be involved with the architect to make sure I have all the wire runs I'll ever need, with the security people to make sure all my bases are covered so to speak. I think any successful venture involves good communication between home owner and the people doing the work. At my age I have no real interest in pulling wire, my interest is in project management and meeting project objectives.
When I was initially involved in the original camera system my instructions were: "If someone is playing cards on my patio I want to be able to read their hand." The installer went with expensive but low resolution cameras because he thought they were good enough. He told me that these cameras were the best made, he lied. In hindsight I should have been more involved. That project manager is no longer with the company. I like what they have done with me since.
self > About ten years ago I called my local Roman Catholic dioceses
A local parish had a problem with missing money. This company was call in when when the assistant pastor was on vacation and put a hidden camera opposite the wall safe. Before long the parish had a video of the assistant pastor grazing in the wall safe at 3 am. Those are my kind of security / camera people.
Once I was in a empty church, I kissed the Blessed Sacrament (box) as an act of piety. All the alarms went off, a cloistered nun came running to see what I was up to. I do like these security people, I can work with them, I enjoy working with them. I think they are very capable and cooperative.
In my experience the independent installers are doing much better work that franchise companies. The hardware, ADT, comcast, and guardian sells is walmart-costco quality; and will always disappoint. I think those cheap systems make home owners feel safe until there is a need for security and then the home owners will be greatly disappointed.
I am a huge fan of cameras. An alarm system will tell someone they have been robed after a crackhead did a smash and dash. With cameras problems just avoid me like the plague. Folks cross the street to avoid using my sidewalk. I had a crackhouse next door. I put a bird feeder on my fence and put a camera on the bird feeder. The camera also documented everyone on the front porch next door. The crack heads moved out. They did not want live there with a 24/7 camera on their front door.