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    #31
    We have had trouble near our rental townhome like this. Kids have been putting hoses through open basement windows during the day and turning them on. They hit 5 in one day. Not ours.....Ours they chose to rob while we were sleeping. The new home has cams and an Elk system, along with getting our dog back.

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      #32
      Greg, sorry to hear about the problems you are having. What a PIA. We had a break-in about 10 years ago where the guys trashed anything glass with my 5-iron and cut open a waterbed that took out 3 floors below. Insurance was great - and my premiums didn't take a hit since it was no-fault.

      In addition to a security system, I have cameras that are motion activated, where I accomplish the following:

      If the HS security flag is ON, then upon receiving motion, HS switches to appropriate camera and position
      - turns on lights
      - captures 10 snapshots
      - zips and emails pictures to me
      - my remote email detects the "subject" of the email and alerts me using a siren wave file

      I haven't captured anyone doing anything "bad", but it's fun catching snoopers and neighbors walking around.

      Regarding cameras, I just use the x10 cameras and if it's daytime, I can identify the people probably 80% of the time. At night - nothing except shadows....but I have a friend who bought an infrared camera from Martin at Automated Outlet for about $150 that is really good. That's not likely too prohibitive.

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        #33
        so is the tactic to make the cameras very visible, put warning stickers on windows, etc, to encourage the vandals to go elsewhere? Else a post-event photo is no cure.

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