Any tips on disassembling bullet camera and relocating the lens module? Answered
Hello! I've been reading instructables for a while and now it's time to join and post a question.
I've been finding nails in my driveway and want to catch who's doing this. I've got a 4 channel security camera on it's way and have been thinking and researching ways to hide them. Due to the 'clean' surfaces around my home, it's going to be tough to make the 2" diameter x 6" long bullet cameras blend in (so people don't vandalize/steal them). I've spent hours searching how to camouflage cameras, so I know the 'typical' tricks.
I'm thinking about making a fake gutter extension and hiding the camera in there (so it blends into my one story house), possible installing a gable vent on my garage and pointing a camera through that, or trying to mount a camera about 20' up a nearby tree. My favorite idea is to take apart a bullet camera and move the camera lens module, which is much smaller than the whole camera housing, to a more discreet location.
I've searched for a while but can't find anyone who has done this with an IP66 outdoor style camera. I know I'm going to lose the IR LED's around the lens, and that's ok (I'll have 3 other cameras for night vision). I think I can point the camera through a small knot hole in my privacy fence and be able to detect who has last walked by when the nails appear. I might make a small weather proof enclosure to protect the lens module...I think I'm a good tinker-er so this isn't the problem.
Has anyone hacked apart a security camera and moved the lens module (by extending the wires) to a remote location? I know there are small cameras for sale, I know I can hide a camera in a bird house, etc...but I like to make things. I'm just looking for advice/tips from someone who has done this. When I search for 'hack apart a security camera' I get a bunch of 'hacking into a security system', or 'spy on your neighbors'...I don't want to do either of those. I have great neighbors, I live in a corner house where a lot of people/kids walk...I just want to catch them. Once I know who's doing it, I'll move the cameras to more visible locations (to deter others from doing anything else).
Thanks for any help!