How to Catch a Thief

Using a Security Trail Camera to Catch Vandals

police arrestTrail cameras for security come in many configurations with a variety of programming options. Most models are capable of taking both still photos and video. Many capture audio to accompany the video. Some stealth security cameras are capable of capturing photos in complete darkness with no visible flash.Trespassers, burglars, and vandals seem to be multiplying at an unbelievable rate.  Luckily, catching a criminal has never been easier with the help of trail cameras for security surveillance.

There are also license plate trail cameras specifically optimized to capture plate numbers of moving vehicles in low light.  However, some of the most popular units are trail cameras that send pictures to your phone. These security game cameras will also transmit an image via text or email and can be found under Cellular Security Cameras.


1. Identify the Problem

If you have a trespasser problem, the easiest fix is to use No Flash Infrared Trail Cameras.

With a no glow security camera, the LED's in the infrared flash are completely invisible. Trespassers will be unaware of the camera's location or existence.

Also, never mount a game camera for security within easy line of sight if you know you have trespassers on your property.  Consider mounting the camera high on a tree or camouflage the camera in a way that it is not easily seen.

For thieves or vandals in a residential, urban or commercial environment; you will need to think outside the box. Mounting the camera from high on a roof, telephone pole or even something like a bird feeder will keep the camera from being readily spotted.

security trail camera mount

2.  Purchase the Correct Security Camera

If you have a trespasser problem, there are two categories of trail cameras that excel in security surveillance.

Which of the trail cameras for security is best?  Well, that simply depends on your application. If you can easily reach the camera to change SD cards then having a basic no glow camera will do everything you need.

Wireless Security Cameras

If you want the camera to take a picture and immediately send that picture to your cell phone or email, then you need a cellular trail camera or cell phone camera.

What is the difference between a wireless vs. cellular camera? A wifi trail camera produces its own wireless network and/or works on wifi networks already available. Cellular cameras work on Verizon & AT&T cellular networks.

License Plate Trail Camera

There is really only one camera that can capture license plates at night, the Reconyx SM750. All other infrared cameras will "white-out" the license plates at night (but they all take the pictures just fine during the day).

We can help with selecting and purchasing the correct model. Search all of our game cameras for sale.

3. Security Camera Setup

By now, the hard work has already been completed.  You simply need to set your plans in motion.

After testing the camera at home, place the camera in your selected setup area.  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 you have additional questions about using a game camera for security, feel free to Contact Us.


Security Trailcams in Action                              

Reconyx XS8 Security Video (See Review) Reconyx MR5 Security Video (See Review)
This security video camera footage is no glow infrared and capable of high-resolution video - day or night. This can protect your business from thieves and vandals. Videos are stored on the SD card inside the camera. This wireless security camera can connect to your phone via Bluetooth and hot-spot wifi generated by the camera itself. This will transfer images or videos to your phone from 40-100 ft. away.

 

 HCO Spartan Cellular Cameras (See Review) Browning Dark Ops 940 (See Review)
security cellular camera
This is a cellular security camera that can text or email pictures to your phone or computer within 60 seconds of the picture being taken. This is vital information if you are attempting to catch a thief or vandal in the act. This is a security/wildlife trail camera that records pictures or videos to the SD card inside the camera. This is an affordable way to monitor your property, home or business.

Compare the Top-Rated Security Cameras

 

Reconyx XS8

Reconyx MR5

HCO Spartan No Glow

Browning Dark Ops 940

Primary Purpose

High Definition Video Camera

(Takes pictures & videos)

Short Distance Wifi Camera

(Takes pictures & videos)

Cellular Security Camera

(Takes pictures only)

Picture/Video Security Camera

(Takes pictures & videos)

Price $699.95 $499.95 $399.95 - 469.95 $149.95
TCP Rating 85/100 76/100 71/100 80/100
Made in the U.S.A X X

 

We recognize that there are many trail cameras that double as security cameras currently on the market. The cameras above are some of our more popular models for security. If you would like to talk to a security camera expert about your specific setup requirement, call us at 1-800-791-0660. You can also Contact Us via email