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The screw knob at the universal joint is just screwed into the metal and the metal is weak. If you screw it too much you can easily strip the threads. The round base rod screws into the flat base plate the same way, If you screw it in too much you can strip the threads on the base plate. While the picture shows these all upright, that will only work if you screw the base plate into a vertical surface. If you screw it into the bottom of a horizontal surface, such as under the roof, you can not aim it with the protective cover OVER the lens, it will have to be off to one side or under the unit. You need to mount these high so someone can not get a close look at one. I took two stars off, one for the flimsy screw system and one for not being able to move the shade/solar cell at least 90 degrees around the camera.
There are some people that absolutely hate to have their photos taken, even though they freely take photos of others. This applies to some yard mower types and dudes that like to cruise through our barrio - they go ballistic and scatter like bugs in the light when a camera is pointed at them in their misbehaviors - like throwing customer yard waste that they create, in to yards surrounding the customer [yes, our neighbor, who does not have a clue about those bad activities]. These 'cameras' have actually changed their behavior, and in some weird ways, like they park the truck and trailer way down the street, and keep their back to our house during the whole yard mow, trim, and cleanup - no more extra yard waste to clean up! And, as for dudes cruising, they actually take off like scalded dogs when the spot the 'cameras' - true stories. Other yard mower dudes, don't even pay any attention to the 'cameras', and talk to me whenever I'm outside when they're around, and neighbors couldn't care less about being seen on 'cameras'. So, wonder what State Penitentiary these other people crawled out of to come down here where the sun shines!? Oh, the rust-belt plates still on the vehicles are kind of a give-away, too.
I purchased 4 pcs of the faked cameras set. The outlook was very good and looked real. However, the whole unit was REALLY in poor quality. I read reviews said the connecting bar and base were not fit, and did not expect it was SO BAD. I tried two out of four units, both had problems while trying to screw the rod into base. In summary, the base would not hold the rod properly. I did not return the products because I did not want to get into any hassle dealing with seller. I simply glued the base and rod together, and hope they could last for a while. Once they felt apart, I will just throw them away, and buy from other vendors. For the rest two sets, I just threw them into garage, not even wanted to waste my time to open them.
Look so real the cops stopped to see if we had any video of a car chase down road, LOL. totally serious!! We bought them to discourage dog walkers from letting their pups use our yard as a potty stop. They are easy to install . Not sure on battery life since we haven't had them that that long. sure do look real though and price for 4 of them was right on.
We've had these for nearly a year, they will fool anyone! Both neighbors ask who installed them and what security service we had. Our neighbors are very picky, fooling them is quite an accomplishment. They have bought these same "cameras".
I'm pretty sure robbers would pick another house, rather than ours. We bought signs and stickers too just to make sure.
The product was great for price and worked well once set up. The screw that holds the camera up was not working well, I had to superglue security camera into the position. I had to do this to 2 cameras. Other than that I was totally satisfied for the price and they look from a distance like real cameras! Also, realize they are solar powered. I noticed one camera is not getting enough light so red light does not stay on all night.
They look good from a distance. You'll want to mount them up higher than people can reach. The covers with the solar panel attached is pretty flimsy. I thing that a good gust of wind could just about rip it off. I ended up glueing mine down, as I don't plan on going in there to replace anything, If it dies, I'll just get more.
As a retired police detective in a major city for 30 years........must admit these cameras look real visually. If you touch them it is obvious they are not so the trick is to ensure they are mounted where they can't be molested. The flashing red light is convincing however if you want to negate that feature simply put a piece of tape over the solar sensor. Alert stickers also ad a visual layer of protection. A professional bad guy might i.d as a fake but the average punk will be fooled including porch pirates etc.
These are awesome . We installed them on a blind driveway and everyone thinks they are real. installed rechargeable batteries and the led lights work great. Been installed for 3-4 months and the little solar panels charge the batteries great