We have seven security cameras and we love them.
Why would a family living on a chunk of land that largely has nothing on it in an area where the crime rate is probably pretty low have them?
- house cats
- an occasional neighbor speeding by on a snowmobile on an easement you have an interest in because you are responsible for the cost of it’s maintenance
- the neighbor’s dog
- occasional shenanigans of HoldMyBeerGuy
About that last one: we were delighted to come home one day a couple of summers ago to see HoldMyBeerGuy, with a chain hooked up between a very large tree and his truck.
The tree was right on our property line but on his side. He and his buddies commenced to ripping it out by it’s roots among hoots and hollers (this really happened), as the rest of his extended family showed up on ATVs for the occasion – all of which happened right in front of the entrance to our driveway. Imagine coming home in the suburbs to someone ripping out a tree right in front of your house (which can kill nearby trees), and having a party in the street directly in front of your house. That’s where the alarm factor comes in.
Besides watching out for our interests, though, we like to keep track of what wildlife is passing through the place. There are packs of wolves in this county, coyotes, big cats, and bears. You want to keep an eye on such visitors.
The Cat Cam is below our trailer and lets us know who’s waiting to be let inside. I have one camera on a tripod made of sticks that I can move around. It’s currently The Trash Cam as our truck is in the shop which we normally keep trash in between dump trips and something’s getting into the bags we temporarily moved behind our shed.
I know: “keep trash around and no wonder the wildlife shows up.” It’s only for a couple of days. OK?
Lastly, we can observe the Gobblers https://wordchef.press/2021/05/06/absurd-bird/
The system was cheap and one of the cameras didn’t work but we got a refund for it and setting them up was a pain in the rear. We had to trim branches away, spiders keep spinning webs ON the cameras, and we’ve had some – no – a LOT of technical issues with connections and infrared stuff. I guess you gotta expect that.
All in all though, worth every penny. I wouldn’t be surprised if a website like Survival For Preppers recommended something like this https://survivalforpreppers.com/. We run the system on solar as it doesn’t draw much power.
Very lastly, how do I reconcile having all of this stuff with “living off-grid”?
One simple answer: I don’t feel the need to explain myself any more. 🙂