Re: Surveillance

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From: "Bill Gradwohl" <[email protected]>

> I need some recommendations on equipment thats FC2 supported to perform 
> surveillance that will provide video and audio that will stand up in 
> court. i.e. high enough in resolution to be regarded as credible. Just 
> reading the specs on equipment I've Googled for doesn't tell me what I'm 
> going to need. That requires experience I don't have.
> One of my neighbors, directly across the street, is a nuisance. The rest 
> of the neighborhood (5 homes) just got done having a meeting with local 
> law enforcement to discuss how we go about altering his behavior. Long 
> story short, we have to record that behavior, file charges and bring 
> evidence to court. As the only professional computer geek I volunteered 
> my help.
> Among many many other things, Mr nuisance has a habit of going into his 
> 4 car garage and revving the engine on one of his customized vehicles to 
> red line at all hours of the day and night for a few minutes. No one 
> knows why he does this, and its never long enough for the police to 
> catch him at it but it does wake up the neighborhood, especially the 
> kids. He will do the same for a vehicle parked in his drive way before 
> he peals rubber onto the street and blasts thru the STOP sign. Every 
> vehicle he owns (3 pickups, 2 cars, 1 Harley, 2 dirt bikes, 2 ATV, 1 
> mini motorcycle for his son) has the bare minimum of mufflers, and he 
> marks his territory by constantly annoying his neighbors.
> I need recommendations on equipment suitable to capture such action at a 
> distance of 200 feet. Audio only at night would suffice as long as we 
> can show video and audio of similar events during broad day light. The 
> audio is the part that concerns me. I may have to have the equipment 
> outdoors to get good audio.
> I plan on training the camera at the street in front of his house which 
> would also capture his house in the background, and connecting it to a 
> video4linux setup running 24/7 with several hundred Gig of disk space.

One additional thing you need is a calibration for the audio levels. A
professional SPL meter is best for that.

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