Top 7 DIY Security Cameras: Someone to Watch Over Me

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Our apartment building in the city has been experiencing a rash of break-ins lately. While we haven’t personally experienced a burglary in our apartment, the thefts have us thinking about security. Installing a security camera used to mean hiring a company and paying a monthly fee. Thanks to advancements in technology, security cameras are now just another DIY project.

  1. Foscam FI8910W Pan & Tilt IP/Network Camera from Amazon ($68.99) This little camera includes two-way audio monitoring and remote pan/tilt control.
  2. Dropcam Wi-Fi Wireless Video Monitoring Camera from Amazon ($149.99) The Dropcam offers 720p high-definition video as well as two-way talk, intelligent alerts, scheduling and mobile and web apps.
  3. DOGTEK Eyenimal Cat Video Camera with Built-In Night Vision from Amazon ($99.95) If you’re worried that Fluffy or Fido destroying the apartment, strap one of these cameras and his collar and see what he gets into while you’re out earning the bacon.
  4. HooToo Wireless IP Network Surveillance Camera from Amazon ($69.99) With two-way audio (“Hey, you, get outta my house!”) and email alerts, this camera would be perfect for keeping an eye on your home even when you’re miles and miles away.
  5. Belkin NetCam Wireless IP Camera for Tablet and Smartphone from Amazon ($84.65) There’s no computer required for this camera. Simply download the app, connect to your wifi and you’re ready to go.
  6. 4 Channel 500GB DVR Surveillance System from Amazon ($499.99) For some serious surveillance, this set up offers two cameras, a built-in monitor and DVR recording.
  7. R-Tech PIR Sensor Hidden Covert CCTV Camera from Amazon ($65.99) For the ultimate in covert surveillance, this little camera looks like any other motion detector. However, it has to be connected to a separate CCTV or DVR to view the video.

— J. Blandings

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