Best thing we have done to stop worrying when we are away from home (1 Viewer)

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Nov 18, 2011
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We fitted live stream cameras arund the house that alert us and recorded any movement on our property.
Better than alarms had a torag come in the garden and told him to burger off
Sharply left our garden.
We are away in Scotland we do have a few falls alerts next doors cat dose not like when I set off the siren lol
Bill
Edit all our boys have the live stream as well so we don't have to watch all the time
 
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We fitted live stream cameras arund the house that alert us and recorded any movement on our property.
Better than alarms had a torag come in the garden and told him to burger off
Sharply left our garden.
We are away in Scotland we do have a few falls alerts next doors cat dose not like when I set off the siren lol
Bill

Edit all our boys have the live stream as well so we don't have to watch all the time
Bill

I had to laugh about the cat and siren. :LOL:
 

Tombola

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Ive got the same, I had verisure install a few years ago, all the smoke thingies and cameras etc etc, I just found them to be a gang of liars when it came to the battery changing, and fixing problems, ,so I cancelled it (hard work that was) at th esoonest opportunity.
I ordered and fitted new ones to the cloud myslef, much better connection and wokrs the same with speakers and sirens.
 
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Bill

I had to laugh about the cat and siren. :LOL:
Welcome back frome Coventry :Grin:
Yes apparently the siren has traumatized the next doors cat ther is no blind spots on the CCTV system.
I have been getting alerts for the little :swear2:
Two times I set off the siren during the day.
The witch nex door complanies to my son that the cat won't go out now and she has had to put down a liter tray.
Better than it crapping in my garden.
So far we haven't had any one else com in the garden since I told the local torag to fcxxxxxxx
One of my son's works nights.
And at weekends he is a bit of a night owl 🦉
And during the day I pick up most of them which is either cats or deliveries.
Or the boy's checking the blue bin for parcel's
Bill

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Nov 18, 2011
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Ive got the same, I had verisure install a few years ago, all the smoke thingies and cameras etc etc, I just found them to be a gang of liars when it came to the battery changing, and fixing problems, ,so I cancelled it (hard work that was) at th esoonest opportunity.
I ordered and fitted new ones to the cloud myslef, much better connection and wokrs the same with speakers and sirens.
I don't think ours has battery back up but power failure is it's Achilles heal I would think not that wee get meny.
In twelve years we have lived her I think the longest the power went off was 2hrs
Bill
 
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I don't think ours has battery back up but power failure is it's Achilles heal I would think not that wee get meny.
In twelve years we have lived her I think the longest the power went off was 2hrs

If you are worried about that, you can get a UPS (uninterruptible power supply) from the likes of APC - they are basically a fancy battery charger, small battery and inverter. Plug your camera stuff plus your Internet router into it, and it'll stay alive for short mains outages. It's also kinder on the equipment if you get one of those power outages where it comes and goes repeatedly for a while.

I have a couple of big ones at home as we used to have rubbish power, and this means my phone stays available (DECT cordless doesn't well with no mains...), my Internet stays up so I can continue to work from the laptop, and my TV/set top boxes stay alive so short blips don't mean we miss what we were watching as things take time to reboot.
 
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If you are worried about that, you can get a UPS (uninterruptible power supply) from the likes of APC - they are basically a fancy battery charger, small battery and inverter. Plug your camera stuff plus your Internet router into it, and it'll stay alive for short mains outages. It's also kinder on the equipment if you get one of those power outages where it comes and goes repeatedly for a while.

I have a couple of big ones at home as we used to have rubbish power, and this means my phone stays available (DECT cordless doesn't well with no mains...), my Internet stays up so I can continue to work from the laptop, and my TV/set top boxes stay alive so short blips don't mean we miss what we were watching as things take time to reboot.
Thank you small battery bank and inverter would probibly do it.
The amount of amps thay pull.
But not over worried only had one outage we know of in ten years.
Bill
 
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We fitted live stream cameras arund the house that alert us and recorded any movement on our property.
Better than alarms had a torag come in the garden and told him to burger off
Sharply left our garden.

Can you advise the make ,and any links.
Thanks

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Dec 17, 2019
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We have “Jean” Cam; the old dear who lives across the road. She misses nothing.
Such as our son dancing in the front garden at 3am with his mates when we were away, or the lad who likes to parade around is bedroom in the nude with the curtains open opposite her!
 
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Pausim On that subject my sister employed an electrician who, on his first day, announced he was a naturalist. He spent a week walking round the house naked apart from his tool belt (not a jock strap version!). She works from home as do both her grown up children. She tells me it is so hard to find an electrician that she accepted this and they spent the week checking where he was and rushing to and from the toilet and kitchen when he was busy in one of the rooms.
 
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Pausim On that subject my sister employed an electrician who, on his first day, announced he was a naturalist. He spent a week walking round the house naked apart from his tool belt (not a jock strap version!). She works from home as do both her grown up children. She tells me it is so hard to find an electrician that she accepted this and they spent the week checking where he was and rushing to and from the toilet and kitchen when he was busy in one of the rooms.
Who was enjoying that the most, him or the ladies ? 🤣🤣🤣
 

stevewagner

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I’ve been looking at cameras that just screw straight into an ES light fitting and link to your router. They turn and elevate up and down and are controlled from an app from anywhere. You can speak through them and trigger a siren. They are called Optigard.

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May 7, 2017
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I’ve been looking at cameras that just screw straight into an ES light fitting and link to your router. They turn and elevate up and down and are controlled from an app from anywhere. You can speak through them and trigger a siren. They are called Optigard.
I saw these advertised and wondered if they are any good, it did occur to me that if you could reach the fitting all you had To do is unscrew it and it would stop working or is there something to stop somebody doing that ? Um!!
 
Jan 1, 2019
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I have 5 Eufy cameras with excellent battery life. I went away for 3 months and hardly any battery used.

The ring doorbell was another matter. It felt like I was asking for the battery to be charged every 2 weeks. Looks like an upgrade is on the cards!
 
Sep 21, 2016
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We have just returned from 4 days in Wales. Mr Ginam has to tell his customers when he is away and also his employees. I panic every time and have decided to get the same security cameras and alarm. Not that I don't trust his customers or employees but I worry when they chat in pubs, online etc. that the boss is on holiday and who is reading/listening :unsure:
 

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I don't think ours has battery back up but power failure is it's Achilles heal I would think not that wee get meny.
In twelve years we have lived her I think the longest the power went off was 2hrs
Bill
Your Achilles Heel could be your broadband internet connection if it is provided by your phone line and tacked to the wall outside your front door and can be easily snipped?

Solutions?
 
Feb 14, 2021
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Not sure I'd want the stress of checking online all the time to see what's happening at home. Ruin my holiday.

I switch the water off, internet off, all electric bar the fridge and freezer. Let the neighbours know we're gone (pretty obvious with the motorhome being gone) and forget about home for a month or two. Seems to have worked for the last 30 years.

Neighbours can contact us if there are any issues.
 
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We had an urgent contact from our neighbours "we can see a burglar on our cameras". Turned out to be a spider up close to the lens!
 
Jul 5, 2013
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We have a Ring Alarm, with external cameras, camera in the doorbell, contact switches on all external doors, movement sensors in most rooms and an external siren. We get warnings on our phones, ipad and computer wherever we are in the world, if there is movement on the cameras, if anybody rings the doorbells and if either the power or wifi is interrupted. The main items all have back-up batteries, so that we are OK in the event of a power cut for at least a few hours. Also the base station has a SIM card built into it so we get notifications even if the home internet fails for any reason.

We bought it in stages, first just had the doorbell, then the cameras and then added the alarm system later. All are managed on the phone by the Ring app. The only manual input is the keypad for switching on and off the alarm. They were reasonably priced when Amazon had one of their sales, and a very easy DIY fit for almost everything. The only difficult bit was fitting the external siren, but I managed it by leaning out of one of the upstair windows of our chalet bungalow.
 
Sep 21, 2016
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Not sure I'd want the stress of checking online all the time to see what's happening at home. Ruin my holiday.

I switch the water off, internet off, all electric bar the fridge and freezer. Let the neighbours know we're gone (pretty obvious with the motorhome being gone) and forget about home for a month or two. Seems to have worked for the last 30 years.

Neighbours can contact us if there are any issues.
Last trip away a few months ago my neighbour told me that the alarm had gone off a few times. I am glad he didn't ring me. Every time it has been activated it has been a spider!!! but he did check around the house for me.

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