Category Archives: Security Camera

Nanny Cam Video Leads to Arrest in Brutal Home Invasion

The video footage from a nanny cam used in the investigation of a brutal home invasion in Millburn, NJ has led to the arrest of a suspect.
Can you imagine where this case would be if that home hadn’t set up a nanny cam that provided that video footage?!

ABC News 7 Story on Nanny Cam Home Invasion Suspect Arrest

Article: Home Security Measures Burglars Hate

Yahoo article regarding home security measures, and yes surveillance cameras are listed as a measure. While security cameras can’t always prevent crime and are by no means foolproof, they can serve as a useful deterrent in some cases and provide evidence in the event that a crime does occur. Furthermore, security cameras can provide useful information about suspicious activity around your house and neighborhood which can then be provided to local police departments so that they can beef up patrols in your area. Read more on home security measures in the article:

http://homes.yahoo.com/news/protect-home-from-burglars-005405786.html

A comprehensive home security plan that incorporates some or all of these measures in combination will work the best to prevent crime before it happens.

Foscam FI8918 IP Camera Installation Shortcut Error in Windows 7

I recently installed a Foscam FI8918 IP camera and after installing the software on my Windows 7 PC noticed that the shortcut created by the installation program (for the IP Camera Tool) on the desktop didn’t seem to work. I kept clicking on the shortcut but the IP Camera Tool (used to detect the Foscam camera on your network) would not start at all.

This is apparently due to the installation software creating the shortcut on the desktop with a path pointing to C:\Windows\System32\IPCamera.exe which is the path you want for a 32-bit operating system. However, if you have a 64-bit version of Windows 7 the appropriate path is C:\Windows\SysWOW64\IPCamera.exe.

After navigating to the SysWOW64 folder I located the IPCamera.exe file and right-clicked to create a shortcut on the desktop (with the correct path of C:\Windows\SysWOW64\IPCamera.exe).

I was then able to click on the desktop shortcut to start the IP Camera Tool program which assisted in me in finding the settings for the camera.

This is one of those little quirks in the world of IP camera installation (of which there are many right now) so I wanted to get this out there in case others are experiencing it.

By the way, this problem and the solution to it is described near the back of the User Manual (on page 43). They really ought to put this near the beginning of the manual!

After some work on the network settings and router port forwarding I did get the camera to function just fine and am now enjoying this IP camera.

Security cameras trending in local homes

WTVA.com reports: “According to local security system companies more-and-more people are installing security systems in their homes, but now surveillance is being used like never before.”

“We’re used to seeing security cameras in places of business as a deterrent against shoplifting or robberies but now more than ever, residents are calling wanting the same service.”

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Security Camera Bugs (yes the real kind of bugs)

Security camera maintenance is important in order to get the best image quality for your video surveillance. Be sure to inspect and clean security cameras every 6 months (or more) for dirt build up, especially on the lens. Obstructions on the lens, such as dirt, spider webs, etc. can cause false alarms to trigger video recording thereby squandering memory storage resources.

Bugs tend to be attracted to heat sources, such as security cameras as shown in the photo.

Security Camera Bugs

AC theft caught on security camera

From WSVN news: Surveillance cameras captured the thefts in progress outside the NDT Solutions in Hollywood.

Thieves stole an air conditioning unit (apparently for the copper wire and metal) and were not deterred by being potentially electrocuted. What makes this interesting is that the thieves appeared to be a mom, dad, and their child (along with what is possibly their dog). This gives new meaning to the concept of family night out! Thieves across the country are stealing copper due to soaring metal prices and the broken economy.

To add insult to injury, a few days later, a man seen on a bike scavenges the remnants of copper wiring from the scene!
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SecuritySpy 2.1.1 – Update to Video Surveillance Software

From prMac.com – “London, United Kingdom – BenSoftware has announced the release of SecuritySpy 2.1.1, an update to the premier multi-camera video surveillance software on the Macintosh platform. With features such as motion detection, real-time compression of multiple video and audio feeds, and network video and audio streaming, SecuritySpy is designed for demanding video surveillance applications.”

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