Introduction: How to Build a Simple Security Camera Safe

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Cameras, they seem to be everywhere these days. They are so ubiquitous that the eye sometimes simply fails to notice them. I pass by at least one or two cameras every time I walk the hallways from one class to another. Big Brother is always watching. Some people chose to become invisible or fail to do so, but why not take advantage of these ever present cameras? In this Instructable, I will show you how to modify a Dummy Security Camera with Blinking LED into a secret safe for your valuables. Not only will this deter crime on your property, but what criminal will search a security camera for valuables? As an additional bonus, simply add a logbook and you'll have geocachers scratching their heads in no time!

Step 1: Materials.

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First thing's first, you are going to need ThinkGeeks's Dummy Security Camera with Blinking LED. It's only slightly essential to this project.

While you are waiting for the camera to arrive, drive down to the local hardware store and pick up these supplies:
  • A few 5mm and 4mm screws; it never hurts to have some extra just in case. You will need two 4mm and one 5mm screw for this project.
  • Two 4mm nuts.
  • One 5mm nut.
  • Two 4mm washers.
  • A metal baseplate.
  • 5 and 4mm taps.
  • A #30 and #19 drill bit.
  • Optional- Velcro.
  • Optional- additional screws.

There you are, sitting on the couch, eyes glazed over, half watching an all day Dirty Jobs marathon. Suddenly, just as Mike Rowe obtains a mouth full sewage, your dog lets out a startled Woof! Ears perked, head tilted, she listens intently. Slowly, she gets up, then bolts to the door. Her initial woof escalated to rapid barks. Could it be? It is! The delivery truck! You accept the package and open it with mounting excitement. After what seemed like months, years even, it's here. Now we can proceed.

Step 2: Attaching the Baseplate.

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Using a pen or a pencil, trace the two holes on the bottom of the mount where you want to attach it to the baseplate. Using your #19 drill bit, drill a 4mm hole through each marking. Thread the newly drilled holes with the 4mm tap. Be sure to thread on the way in and out. Firmly screw the mount onto the baseplate using the 4mm screws.

Step 3: Moving the Mount.

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You will need to move the mount from underneath the camera to the back, freeing up the pre-existing threaded hole. This allows the thumbscrew to secure both the inner and outer casing of the camera. To move the mount, remove the original screw and trace the hole where you want the mount to be attached. Drill through this mark using the #30 drill bit, taking care when you are close to punching through. Thread the newly formed hole with the 5mm tap, again remembering to thread as you pull out. Replace the original screw and firmly screw the mount onto the back of the camera.

Step 4: Finishing Up.

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Secure the 5mm screw on the inside of the camera with a 5mm nut, along with the two 4mm screws on the baseplate, using 4mm nuts. Flip the baseplate over and trim off any excess length of screw using the router tool, taking extra care with the thumbscrew. Only trim off small amounts at a time, you can always reduce more length, but you can never regain what you cut off. Lastly, screw in that final thumbscrew, step back, admire your handiwork, and think of all the criminals you just fooled. Someone deserves a cookie.

*A note on placement: As a safe, this security camera is best kept indoors facing a corridor or doorway. This avoids the possibility of someone glancing your way and spotting that $25,000 diamond as you place it into the safe.

Step 5: Optional, Geocache!

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If you plan to turn this into a geocache, you will more than likely want to make the camera easy to attach and remove without damaging the building. This is where the velcro comes in. Snip the heads off of four screws and glue them into the four corner holes of the baseplate. This creates the illusion that the camera is firmly screwed into the surface it is mounted on. Finally, place the velcro along the inside of the baseplate and along the surface you wish to attach it to. Congratulations, you've just become a devious cache hider!

  • Another note on placement: As a geocache, feel free to place this cache outside. However, it would be best if the camera is sheltered from direct rainfall, etc.

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etcmn (author)2014-04-22

Um, but if someone is coming to steal your stuff, isn't smashing the security camera the first thing they are likely to do?

lolson1 (author)2013-12-12

I am sooo going to do this in my apt!!

skyannie (author)2013-09-10

a complete surveillance kit will be made up of a series of cameras connected (be that wired or wirelessly) to a DVR which records those images and in turn displays those images on a monitor.

enagel3 (author)2013-03-23

soo cool

GofishRC007 (author)2012-03-27

Geocachers unite! Hahaha Good ible.

imBobertRobert (author)2011-07-02

make the pirates of the caribean coins and the one ring safe FTW!!!

23baller (author)2010-10-06


ghostrider2 (author)2010-06-16

nobody noticed the one ring in there?

Shagglepuff (author)2009-11-26

Great, now just add a lock!

And lasers. Everything needs lasers.

ThaNorwegianDude (author)2009-09-21

lol the skull amulet thing is from pirates of the caribbean

Modarius (author)2009-03-19

Whats your geocaching name? Mine is ookid.

Spl1nt3rC3ll (author)Modarius2009-03-19


Sgtraccoon (author)Spl1nt3rC3ll2009-03-21

Wonder what you named that after...

zero838 (author)Sgtraccoon2009-03-21


Modarius (author)zero8382009-09-06

Spl1nt3rc3ll, I looked at your caching page and saw that you didn't use this as a cache, or did it get whacked to the point of having to be replaced?

Spl1nt3rC3ll (author)Modarius2009-09-06

I haven't found a good place to put it yet, this town is pretty cache saturated. It's rather aggravating, just sitting on my desk saying hide me, hide me! I have the log and FTF prizes all ready to go, but the .1 mile rule is preventing me from hiding it.

flyingmerlin (author)2009-06-29

Ha, Ha Pirates of the Carribean coin!!! And neat ible!

KentsOkay (author)2009-04-10

Much coolness I say :D

the-mad-hacker (author)2009-04-08

add a 20 dollar web cam to the front and throw off anyone that looks more into it

TRIPLEC (author)2009-03-18

omg u have the POTC CHAIN TOO!? HIGH FIVE!!

Spl1nt3rC3ll (author)TRIPLEC2009-03-20

Indeed I do! Don't remember where I got it, though. High five!

jessehawks (author)Spl1nt3rC3ll2009-03-30

omg I want that chain i'mma find you on geocache and steal your booty

TRIPLEC (author)TRIPLEC2009-03-18

..image didnt come up =(

harryl (author)2009-03-29

can you get the security cameras bigger? they look a bit small.

1thadeaus1 (author)2009-03-28

now i just have to find out where you

lil jon168 (author)2009-03-26

i out a motion detecter from radio shack and im gonna mount it in front of my wall safe so it will wake me up for i am a heavy sleeper

lil jon168 (author)lil jon1682009-03-26


Pyrotechnic-Robot (author)2009-03-18

What do you do with the camera guts :-=

The only guts are a battery pack and the circuit board for the LED.

Doctor What (author)2009-03-18

I've got a friend who geocaches like crazy. I've got to tell him about this! (5'd and fav'd)

matt_sawyers (author)Doctor What2009-03-20


jimtran93 (author)Doctor What2009-03-18

this would probably be a 5 star on difficulty xD

Spl1nt3rC3ll (author)jimtran932009-03-18

I can't wait to get it up and running! :D I know someone who's father owns an insurance company, so I think I'll ask them if I can hide it on their building.

Doctor What (author)Spl1nt3rC3ll2009-03-19

Interesting. Having a hundred geocache'rs all on someone else's business property, inspecting their security system, followed by disassembling it for geocoins. That'll go over well! :-)

Modarius (author)Doctor What2009-03-19

I agree. it would also look funny to any muggles on the street...

jimtran93 (author)Modarius2009-03-19

i can just imagine a muggle walking down the street watching a geocasher opening up a security camera xD

Clayton H. (author)2009-03-18

That would look funny seeing a guy "suspiciously" walk to a camera that he placed, open it, and pull a huge wad off bills out of it.

give this to drug addicts for some sneeky trading other than a trash can (I saw "the handoff" in barbeton once, it was funny!)

qs (author)Clayton H.2009-03-18

Reminds me of the time my school was getting vandalized - so they put in video. The next week, the thieves came and took the cameras.

madhops0620 (author)qs2009-03-19

haha irony?

Kiteman (author)2009-03-18

Nice idea. I had a thought - if you linked a solar engine to a small motor turning the fake lens, it would look like it was focusing on whoever was in front of it...

Spl1nt3rC3ll (author)Kiteman2009-03-18

Now that would be cool!

fwjs28 (author)2009-03-18

hmmm...thats a really good should use the camera guts as a mini spy cam....

LeumasYrrep (author)fwjs282009-03-18

there are no camera guts. This was a fake security camera.

fwjs28 (author)LeumasYrrep2009-03-18

i see now...i shoulda seen the "dummy camera" picture lol

gmjhowe (author)2009-03-18

Great work! if someone wanted to make one more secure, you might be able to get a lock box of sorts, and modify it to look like a camera!

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