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.
- Foscam FI8910W Pan & Tilt IP/Network Camera from Amazon ($68.99) This little camera includes two-way audio monitoring and remote pan/tilt control.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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