- Mon Feb 09, 2009 4:27 pm
As you say, nothing is 100% secure. I think these "security light" approaches really do provide a lot of protection if they are well thought out. The real question is, "How determined is the perpetrator?" I see a couple levels of protection:
- None - Just strap it to a tree
- Next to None - No tools required to steal it (SG550 with Python)
- Light Security - Requires common hand tools like screwdriver or multi-tool which many folks carry with them.
- Security Medium - Requires non-common tools like bolt or cable cutters or requires you to break the plastic on the camera to steal it.
- Security Good - Requires very big bolt cutters or chainsaw, heavy duty metal box protects camera. Uses shrouded locks. Even if camera is damaged, the SD card is protected and could let you identify the criminal.
- Security Heavy - Same as above, but a cement/rebar pillar replaces the tree, removing the chainsaw option.
Light Security will stop most opportunistic thieves. You know, the guy who wouldn't think of robbing you, but if you dropped a $20 bill on the sidewalk without noticing it, he would put his foot on it and distract you until you left then pocket it. Security Medium will deter all but the determined thieves. Most are too lazy to go back and get tools to steal a camera that may bring him $40 from a fence.