Trail or hunting cameras are not only good for observing the game but also very suitable for monitoring roads, farms, ships, farmhouses, fences, machinery, hives, porters. It can be used as a surveillance or security camera.
You may wonder why. Well, let’s see why.
- They are invisible at night because to illuminate they use infrared with a wavelength not visible to the human or animal eye.
- They do not need to be connected to the electric current: with AA batteries they can be several months running
- They are autonomous, once placed, we can forget them as they will watch over us as they will be activated when they detect movement (people, cars, animals) up to a distance of 15-20m
- They cannot interfere or cancel with inhibitors since they work with an undetectable passive sensor.
- They are small in size, weatherproof and easily camouflaged.
How to use
Some things should be considered while using a trail camera as surveillance or for security purposes.
It is not enough to put a hunting camera pointing at a door so that the next day we have a picture of the thief’s face on our memory card. Before we must take into account some issues to maximize its outcome.
Hide the camera
While using a security camera the main concern us how to hide a trail camera from a human. It’s easy for trail cameras. Because At night, these devices do not emit visible light to the human eye, so they cannot be seen. But for the day, a thief or a sneaky poacher can make sure of his presence and steal it. To prevent them from being seen, the trail cameras are small and easily camouflaged.
Place the camera on the right site
It seems somewhat of a truce but it is essential to properly position the camera. So that it captures the movement well and also that it is not seen. A very common mistake is to place the camera crooked, which means that the motion detector does not point where we want.
Avoid low-quality cameras
Do not rely on poor quality equipment, copies of other models, unknown brands. These cameras tend to have problems with them because they do not always detect, block or consume the
batteries in two days. Not all trail cameras are used to monitor. For better quality, there are several cellular trail camera or Wi-Fi trail camera in the market.
If possible, use more than one camera
If we want to monitor more and better it may be necessary to use several types of equipment and cover various angles and approximations. Just as two pairs of eyes see more than one, two cameras monitor better than one. For example, if we want to control a door, it is better if we place a camera directly focusing the door and another looking at the approach area.
Configure the camera correctly
Many customers fail to configure the cameras correctly to detect and identify intruders. Here are some indications:
Use the photo + video option: in the photos, the intruder can appear right at that moment on his side, or with his face facing another place. With the video, we can distinguish better faces, know exactly what it does, record the sound (and sometimes recognize the person by voice)
Very high photo resolutions are not necessary: With real 5MP it is usually enough. The camera takes less time to save them on the card and will be ready before taking the next one.
The sensitivity of the motion detector: Must be set to normal or intermediate. setting it high causes a large number of false photos when the camera confuses the strong wind with the movement of people or cars.
It can be said that camouflage is an art, it can reach a point of perfection that generates admiration. There are thousands of ways to hide a trail camera from trespassers outdoors but also indoors it is possible to hide it easily.
But without a doubt, it is best to camouflage the camera with elements of the environment, such as lichen, leaves, small twigs
When we hide a camera we must take into account these tips:
Do not hide the light sensor
We must never hide the light sensor, which determines whether the photos are taken in color (by day) or in black and white with infrared. This sensor is usually between infrared or also outside them, being similar to a circle of 4 or 5 mm with an integrated circuit.
Don did not cover the motion detector
We must not completely hide the motion detector, which is the engine of the trail camera. In a desperate situation, we can partially hide it (up to 2/3 of its surface), leaving the central part free. Keep in mind that this will affect the power and scope of the detection.
Don does not place leaves or twigs in front of the lens:
The camouflage elements must be prevented from obstructing the lens or being loose in front of the motion detector.
If you follow the above instructions, it is fairly possible that your trail camera can be used as a surveillance camera or for security reasons.
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