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IP camera – much more effective than a watch dog



Posted by: Margaret Rouse
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“This is unbelievable,” she told the 911 dispatcher. “The cat is freaking out. The dogs are hiding.”

Jeanne Thomas, as quoted in Woman watches home invasion on webcam

Today’s WhatIs.com Word of the Day is IP camera.  Back in April, a woman in Fort Lauderdale made news when she happened to log on her home surveillance system from work and saw her home being robbed.  She immediately called the police. The robbers got in through her pet door — and as you can see from the video at around 1 minute, there was not a peep out of the dogs!  (The chirps you hear are from the woman’s bird.) Four minutes in, the robbers realize that they’re surrounded and trapped.  You can see the police on camera by minute 5.

According to Florida local news reports, Jeanne had been robbed once before so she purchased a LogiTech WiLife camera.  It’s a wireless plug-n-play system that allows the user to view or record motion-based events.  The camera takes about 15 minutes to set up and will even send you email or cell phone alerts.  The system sells for less than $300.  Impressive.  As Jeanne Thomas said at the end of her interview with CNN, “You never know who is watching you.”

Best of all, the camera won’t hide under the bed when burglars come in.  (I got a kick out of the dogs hiding and the cat hanging around to investigate.) The dogs didn’t even come out to beg for cheese that one of the robbers helped himself to at 1minute, 25 seconds!  If it was our dogs, they would have come running as soon as they heard the refrigerator door being opened and done a little dance on camera when the robber unzipped the plastic package.

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