As part of the setup at my new house, I was thinking that a simpler method to get quality license plate readings would be to mount a low profile camera upside down under my mailbox, and to use ground burial rated cable to link it up. In considering this there are three issues that come to mind. 1) A camera that is small enough to mount low profile with minimum visibility. 2) Such a camera that could work solely via POE. 3) Even if 1 & 2 are met, a price-point that would make the possible theft of the camera less of an issue. One idea I have in regard to reducing the likelihood of #3 would be to install a metal casing )mounted directly to the mailbox pole) that would have a single hole through which the camera would 'see'. This would increase security, but also increase visibility. Also, in my research, I have not yet found a camera that would work via POE for this purpose. I initially considered that this could be an obvious license plate capture solution, but the intricacies are more complex than the initial consideration during the 'light bulb moment' of excitement. I think the mounting box would be the best option, with a secondary option being having an internal mounting box inside the wooden pole itself, but that would be much more complicated. If 2 and 3 can be met, then a bolted protective casing still makes this seem like an excellent idea. Anyone here tried something similar?