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Owning a large plot of land can give you more privacy from the outside world. In return, the larger your property is, the harder it is for you to monitor it. Features like wooded areas, hills, and valleys can make monitoring even more difficult. Hanging ‘No Trespassing’ signs and conducting regular inspections will help protect your land privacy, but those options have obvious limitations. Trail cameras give you an option to monitor your property remotely in real time.
Reasons You Need Trail Cameras for Land Privacy
Trail cameras give you a way to monitor every piece of your large property, including buildings and wooded areas. Some of the benefits you get from installing trail cameras include the following:
Trail cameras give you real-time monitoring
You can’t possibly see everything happening on your property with your own eye without help from technology. The right trail cameras can give you real-time monitoring of every square foot and acre.
You can record evidence of illegal activities
Criminals know that owners have difficulty monitoring large properties, so they choose parts of your land that you rarely visit to conduct illegal activities. The activities can range in severity. Perhaps they simply hunt on your land out of season. Others may grow or manufacturer illicit substances.
Trail cameras give you a chance to spot illegal activities and report them to local authorities.
You can identify the areas that attract trespassers
Taking time to visit all areas of your property should help you uncover evidence of trespassing. Unfortunately, savvy trespassers will often choose the least accessible parts of your land to commit crimes or set up camping sites without getting detected. Some trespassers also know that they must remove evidence so they can keep returning to your land.
Trail cameras improve your land privacy by helping you survey areas that are difficult to access. Even if someone finds a covered location to set up camp, your cameras will catch them walking to and from the site.
When you talk to local law enforcement, you can use recordings from your trail cameras to help them identify trespassers. License plate trail cameras will even record the information about vehicles trespassing on your property, making it easier for authorities to find people who have committed theft and other crimes on your land.
Features to Consider When Buying Trail Cameras
Not all trail cameras have the features you need to ensure property privacy. Consider the following features when you buy cameras for your land.
No-glow infrared lighting
No-glow infrared lighting lets cameras record movement during the night without using visible lights that would scare away trespassers. You get the stealth that you need to record evidence without letting criminals know that they’ve been caught.
Camouflage that matches your property’s features
Camouflage also helps ensure your monitoring system’s stealth. Look for trail cameras that match your property’s features. For example, you might choose a green and brown camera that blends into trees.
You need wireless connectivity so your trail cameras can send footage to your computer, smartphone, tablet, or cloud storage. Wireless connectivity brings all of your surveillance to one location. If you cannot connect to your trail cameras, you will need to visit them regularly to download their footage. By that time, trespassers may have moved on to someone else’s property.
Time, date, and location stamping
Time, date, and location stamping make it easier for you to understand what happens on your property. It also gives law enforcement the information they need to build cases against trespassers. When you can give your local authorities accurate information about where and when a crime took place, they will have an easier time finding trespassers and getting warrants to investigate more serious crimes.
Software that makes surveillance easy
Ideally, your trail cameras should integrate with software that makes it easier to spot trespassing and improve property privacy. For example, software might flag footage that shows motion or captures the human form. Without intelligent software, you would have to scan hundreds of hours of footage to find the evidence you need. The right software can do that work for you.
Whether you own a farm, woodland, or rural property that gives you an escape from daily life, trail cameras can improve your property privacy significantly. Browse your options to find a system that offers the coverage and features you need at a price you can afford.