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.

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.

<p>Um, but if someone is coming to steal your stuff, isn't smashing the security camera the first thing they are likely to do?</p>
I am sooo going to do this in my apt!!
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. <br>http://www.skycneye.com
soo cool <br><br>
Geocachers unite! Hahaha Good ible.
make the pirates of the caribean coins and the one ring safe FTW!!!
nobody noticed the one ring in there?
Great, now just add a lock!<br /> <br /> And lasers. Everything needs lasers.<br />
lol the skull amulet thing is from pirates of the caribbean
Whats your geocaching name? Mine is ookid.
Wonder what you named that after...
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?
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 <em>hide me, hide me!</em> I have the log and FTF prizes all ready to go, but the .1 mile rule is preventing me from hiding it.<br/>
Ha, Ha Pirates of the Carribean coin!!! And neat ible!
Much coolness I say :D
add a 20 dollar web cam to the front and throw off anyone that looks more into it
omg u have the POTC CHAIN TOO!? HIGH FIVE!!
Indeed I do! Don't remember where I got it, though. High five!
omg I want that chain i'mma find you on geocache and steal your booty
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can you get the security cameras bigger? they look a bit small.
now i just have to find out where you live...lol
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
What do you do with the camera guts :-=<br/>
The only guts are a battery pack and the circuit board for the LED.
I've got a friend who geocaches like crazy. I've got to tell him about this! (5'd and fav'd)
this would probably be a 5 star on difficulty xD
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.
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! :-)
I agree. it would also look funny to any muggles on the street...
i can just imagine a muggle walking down the street watching a geocasher opening up a security camera xD
That would look funny seeing a guy &quot;suspiciously&quot; walk to a camera that he placed, open it, and pull a huge wad off bills out of it.<br/><br/><sub>give this to drug addicts for some sneeky trading other than a trash can (I saw &quot;the handoff&quot; in barbeton once, it was funny!)</sub><br/>
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.
haha irony?
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...
Now that would be cool!
hmmm...thats a really good idea....you should use the camera guts as a mini spy cam....
there are no camera guts. This was a fake security camera.
i see now...i shoulda seen the "dummy camera" picture lol
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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