July 07, 2020 3 min read

Trespassers, burglars, and vandals seem to be multiplying at an unbelievable rate nowadays. Fortunately, catching and sending them to jail has never been easier with the help of technology. One of the most helpful tools to use is a trail camera. Trail cameras are not only for gaming and catching deer, they can also be a home buddy security agent.

Trail cameras for security purposes have been developing their functionality to capture still photos and record audio videos. Some are also capable of snapping pictures in complete darkness with zero flashes. Others like license plate trail cameras are optimized to capture plate numbers of moving vehicles in low light.  But the most popular units are the Cellular Trail Cameras that send pictures to your phone and email address.

But, how do you exactly catch a thief using a trail camera?

Choose the Right Trail Camera

There are many trail cameras available in the market, but you must be wise in choosing the right camera for you.

One of the most recommended for security surveillance is the cellular trail camera. Choose the one that has no glow technology. Its feature allows the camera to take pictures and videos in complete darkness. It has IR LEDs that detects even the slightest movement in the area and take photos automatically. The intruder will never know that his face has been captured already. Another attribute of this camera that makes it the best choice for catching thieves is the ability to send the picture of the intruder or thief on your email or phone instantly. With the instant notification, you will be able to look after your property easily without going anywhere. When you are notified that your business or property is being compromised or someone is trying to get inside your home, you can call the police immediately so that they can reach the location at the right time. Hence you can keep your property safe and secure from any trespassers as everything will be recorded, and you can act before any untoward incident takes place at your property.

License Plate Camera is another type of trail camera that is appropriate for monitoring suspicious cars that park at night in front of your house. Its unique feature allows it to take pictures including the plate card of the vehicles.

Set It Up and Let the Catching Begin!

Be aware of your surroundings. Check the possible places where the trespasser or burglar may enter. According to the statistics, about 30 percent of all burglaries are through an open or unlocked window or door. Make sure that you install your security camera in an ideal spot where it can cover the area of your yard. It can be mounted on the roof, or you can make your own project that will hold your camera hidden from the trespassers. Avoid placing the camera above eye level. A burglar is more likely to skim on the eye-level surroundings looing for security camera, so it should be 9 feet to 10 feet above the ground.

If you are to mount it on a tree trunk or branch, be sure to paint it with colors that will match the trunk or cover it with leaves. Trees with vines on it are also a good hiding spot because the vines can cover up the cam. You can also place a fake camera in a distinct location then set-up the hidden trail camera watching it.

Before installing the trail camera, you will need to test if first to ensure that it works properly. Check the batteries and its other functions. Make sure to familiarize the operating system and program it to the correct settings. Do not forget to enter your phone number and email address so you can receive instant notifications. Always make sure you have the time stamp option turned to "on."  This will let you know exactly when the criminal was there. Photos from a trail camera can be used as evidence in a criminal investigation if the burglar is not caught in action.

Once everything is set, you can now start your spying skills and execute your plans!

As the hunter hunts for a wild boar using the footage of trail cameras, the same as through with how you can catch a thief that comes to steal and destroy your property.

Jenille A
Jenille A

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