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  1. wtimothyholman

    Break-in

    You did exactly the right thing. That girl is on a downward slide to overdose and death. Nothing will stop her drug use short of incarceration. You may be saving her life by insisting that she answer for what she did.
  2. wtimothyholman

    Insurance Fraud Outside My Home

    In that case, see if the HPD is interested in receiving alerts from your system when that plate goes by. I’ll bet you’ll meet at least one detective who will want them.
  3. wtimothyholman

    Insurance Fraud Outside My Home

    Does Houston have a municipal LPR system? If so, then that temp plate number needs to be put into their alert system. My guess: most of those vehicles are stolen.
  4. wtimothyholman

    Insurance Fraud Outside My Home

    What an independent counsel would recommend is that he refuse to cooperate any further with the police. Let it go; it's not his car, not his problem, why should he get involved and put himself at risk? The default action that any lawyer will advise is very simple: do nothing. But I think...
  5. wtimothyholman

    Insurance Fraud Outside My Home

    The difference is that this guy is not your common druggie with a public defender. This guy is an attorney. His law license and his entire life will be upended by this video. He will do whatever he can to get it thrown out.
  6. wtimothyholman

    Insurance Fraud Outside My Home

    That would have the opposite effect. The defendant's attorney will accuse the HPD and the reconstructionists of tampering with the video evidence to incriminate the client. Or they will claim a hacker broke into his camera system and altered the video. The recording does not stand on its own...
  7. wtimothyholman

    Insurance Fraud Outside My Home

    That's why we have the Second Amendment in the U.S., and states like Texas that honor it. You can't live in fear of the consequences if you choose to share your video of crimes with the authorities. There are a couple of guys in jail right now because of what my cameras recorded. I don't...
  8. wtimothyholman

    Insurance Fraud Outside My Home

    The video of the event is damning. The lawyer (and his lawyer) will try to get it thrown out as evidence. The process they will put @IReallyLikePizza2 through is intended to force him to throw up his hands in exasperation, then refuse to cooperate any further, or fail to show up at court to...
  9. wtimothyholman

    Need help with powering IP cameras

    I use this: https://www.amazon.com/Ethernet-Higher-Bandwidth-Internet-Network/dp/B01F3CSCFO It is not advertised as waterproof, but I've found that it has held up for outdoor use as long as it is kept away from direct moisture and sunlight. If you use the waterproof female-to-female coupler...
  10. wtimothyholman

    Need help with powering IP cameras

    That should work just fine. Keep in mind that the only purpose of what you're doing is to efficiently get power to your camera. The video will be transmitted by WiFi. I should also add that I agree with @sebastiantombs that you don't want to use flat Ethernet cable for a 1 Gb/s backbone, but...
  11. wtimothyholman

    Need help with powering IP cameras

    I've used those weatherproof couplers myself. They work extremely well, but they're only needed if the female-to-female coupler will be exposed to the weather. My intention was that you use the PoE injector with a regular cable, right up to the interior of some window, then switch over to a...
  12. wtimothyholman

    Need help with powering IP cameras

    I have to disagree with that, as I have used flat Ethernet cable for the "under the window sill" trick on several cameras. It works fine as long as you keep it short. I certainly wouldn't attempt it for very long runs, but I don't need to. I transition from round cable to flat cable just...
  13. wtimothyholman

    Need help with powering IP cameras

    I suggest that you consider the following PoE splitter that provides 12 V @ 2A. This device has a 12 V barrel connector that should fit your camera: https://www.amazon.com/Splitter-Compliant-Surveillance-5-5x2-1mm-PS5712TG/dp/B08HS4NT13 You'll also need to power the splitter with a PoE...
  14. wtimothyholman

    Insurance Fraud Outside My Home

    To play devil's advocate: what crime was committed? You witnessed two men come to an agreement. One of them ran his car into the other's car, again by mutual agreement. People have the right to damage and destroy their own property. No crime is committed until one or both of those men file...
  15. wtimothyholman

    Insurance Fraud Outside My Home

    I'd go with this. In fact, I doubt you will need to contact every insurance company, just the major ones. I'd bet they routinely exchange information between each other on possible fraud. What you can also do is put together a Youtube video of the incident with a private link, and include...
  16. wtimothyholman

    OpenALPR (Rekor Scout) compared to Platerecognizer

    I think the ACLU, or public perception of LPR software in general, has far less to do with it than the fact that there are already several well-established companies serving municipal customers, and Rekor doesn't want to compete with them head-on. It's an uphill battle. If there was massive...
  17. wtimothyholman

    OpenALPR (Rekor Scout) compared to Platerecognizer

    The problem with hotlists is that you'd have to keep them hidden from the Rekor end user. The police consider a stolen vehicle hotlist to be non-public information. The national NCIC hotlist is not accessible to anyone except law enforcement. So Rekor (or anyone else) would need to set up a...
  18. wtimothyholman

    You can’t make this up…

    Regardless, the moral of the story remains unchanged. This is why security cameras are so essential. The video tells the truth.
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    OpenALPR (Rekor Scout) compared to Platerecognizer

    Rekor's biggest problem is that they want to be perceived as a "smart city / smart highway" company, rather than a company that sells top-tier LPR / vehicle recognition software. They bought OpenALPR and hired Matt Hill, but it's almost as if they consider Rekor Scout as a side product in the...
  20. wtimothyholman

    Success story

    It's a satisfying feeling, isn't it? I'm also just a homeowner on a residential street, but my own LPR cameras have assisted in the capture and arrest of two wanted felons, and the recovery of two stolen vehicles. One of the perps tried to break into a car in which my neighbor's daughter was...
  21. wtimothyholman

    You can’t make this up…

    If you ever needed one example of why security cameras are absolutely essential in the modern age, this is it. She could have claimed that he backed into her car. If she had a couple of friends to vouch for her, who could be sure of the truth? A man driving a car like that would be a perfect...
  22. wtimothyholman

    OpenALPR setup

    I've encountered this problem myself. What I discovered was that setting the camera to constant bit rate (CBR) seemed to trigger this behavior. Once I set it to variable bit rate (VBR), Rekor Scout was able to reliably connect.
  23. wtimothyholman

    SD flash card cameras, no Wi-Fi---- IMPOSSIBLE FIND

    If you're going to use an NVR (which is sensible), spend a little more and get a decent one from Amcrest or Dahua with an internal HD. Don't bother with SD cards in the cameras, just get an NVR that supports PoE and you're good to go. Do that, and you'll have the option to install cameras that...
  24. wtimothyholman

    SD flash card cameras, no Wi-Fi---- IMPOSSIBLE FIND

    And the system I just outlined doesn't require WiFi. It may require a router to create a simple network for the cameras and the NVR, but not an Internet connection. Any cheap router will do the trick. If you need to review footage from the cameras, you'll find it far simpler to download it...
  25. wtimothyholman

    SD flash card cameras, no Wi-Fi---- IMPOSSIBLE FIND

    I keep wondering at what point you are going to realize that your time, effort, and frustration are costing you more than the money you're trying to save. The solution you need is already available. Install one or two decent PoE cameras with an NVR. It won't require a connection to the...
  26. wtimothyholman

    SD flash card cameras, no Wi-Fi---- IMPOSSIBLE FIND

    Good security cameras are not cheap. Cheap security cameras are not good. You are allowing price to sidetrack you from your goal. How much damage could a thief cause to your property? How much could he steal? Several thousand dollars, potentially? Tens of thousands? If so, isn't it worth...
  27. wtimothyholman

    SD flash card cameras, no Wi-Fi---- IMPOSSIBLE FIND

    In my opinion, you are overthinking what you need. Since you have power available, my advice is to put up a couple of good PoE cameras and record the video on a PoE-enabled NVR. Install a router to create an "ad hoc" network at your property for the cameras and NVR to operate in. It won't...
  28. wtimothyholman

    Can anyone identify the SUV driven by these door checkers?

    @wittaj, I owe you a beer if I ever meet you in person. It is almost certainly a late model Honda HR-V. Everything seems to match.
  29. wtimothyholman

    Can anyone identify the SUV driven by these door checkers?

    I think you may have found it. I'm going to look over my video again and compare it to other images of the HR-V, but it definitely seems to fit. Note also the same wheel style.
  30. wtimothyholman

    Can anyone identify the SUV driven by these door checkers?

    Those are reasonable guesses, but I would like positive identification if possible. I know there are a few people on this site who have the ability to look at images like this and identify a vehicle. Unfortunately, I’m not one of them.
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