Neighbor damaging my plants -- need a nannycam
May 1, 2012 5:42 PM Subscribe
Neighbors (?) deliberately cutting down our young plants. They have been nasty to us before. Considering a "nanny cam" to train on the not-cheap plants ... would like a) advice on nanny cams to suit our purposes; b) any other avenues to consider?
posted by Sockish American to technology (20 answers total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
These neighbors are not very pleasant people and there has been unpleasantness in the past. We have always tried to be calm and polite; they have taken to ignoring us and that's fine with us. Our houses are no more than 8 feet apart, and near the property line (but on our side, and demarcated by line of stones) we have planted some bushes that will provide some screening between the two front yards. We are gardeners and most of our yard is planted out.
Since we planted these bushes, on at least two occasions someone has cut -- clearly cut -- the bushes down quite low (one on the first occasions, the other three on the second occasion). They are woody bushes and it is a smooth cut. This has occurred either at night or when we are not at home. (I accept the possibility that it's a super-freakish rodent with clippers for teeth or that it's random teenagers, which is part of why we want a nanny cam.)
This planting bed is viewable from one of our windows and we could easily train a camera on it. It extends perhaps 12 feet. However, we don't want to spend a ton of money on this, since there's no guarantee they'll do anything further. (They also may be doing it at night.) We could mount inside or outside, although I don't necessarily need a permanent security system. It would be fine if the camera recorded "on board" for X hours before re-writing, and when we came home and found damage, we could review the previous 8 hours of footage or whatever. We can also use an always-on computer, or something motion-sensitive, though it'll pick up a lot of other motion I think. It can be plug-powered if it's inside the window.
We (obviously) need evidence of who is doing the cutting before we can do anything. They have done at least $100 damage so far, and we have a lot more plants, and they have a lot more nastiness, I suspect.
Secondly, is there any other action I should consider? (This is stress in my life I do not need!)
We have been here several years; they have only recently moved in. We are considering moving but we can't just up and drop everything because of these crazy people. Both of us own our own homes.