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    Wednesday
    Mar082017

    Chad's Crappy Corner & Another 'Cheap Security Gadget' - His Theme For March, 2017

    Chad polled our great Patreon members to pick a theme for his March “Chad's Crappy (or sometimes not so crappy) Corner. They picked “Cheap Security Gadgets”. Chad's 2nd Cheap Security Guard is a decent looking, but dummy (fake) solar powered security camera.

    Chad bought his dummy solar-powered security camera at http://www.spycenter.com/. The list price was $27.00, but it was on sale for less than $20. Unfortunately, as you'll see in the video, when Chad unboxed his new security camera, one of the wires that connects to the solar panel on top was broken. However there was enough power in the two rechargeable AAA batteries which were included, for the red 'on' LED light to blink. The camera does look real even though it's made of plastic. When mounted out of reach I think it could easily pass for a real security camera. Chad's camera also came with a little 'Video Surveillance Warning Sticker' for a window or door. Chad likes his fake camera, but wished it was in total working condition out of the box.

     

    Chad's Cam looked like this, but watch this week's video.I searched for 'dummy security camera' on the http://www.spycenter.com/ website and no results came up. But not to worry. There are many dummy security camera on Amazon. There's a solar powered one on Amazon for $12.00. Here's what Amazon says about it:

     

    Now you can protect your premises and the environment at the same time with the solar powered 7" IR Dummy Camera in Circular Outdoor Housing. It can deter robbery, theft or vandalism without the high cost of a real security camera. When placed in your home or business even the most sophisticated criminals will think the premises is guarded by a high-tech surveillance system and go in search of an easier target. Rain Shield so this camera can be used anywhere. The flashing LED light can be powered by the sun (which charges the included rechargeable batteries). The dimensions (including the rain shield and bracket) are 10 inches x 6 inches x 7 inches. Installs quickly and easily using the included stainless steel screws. Requires two AAA Batteries if used inside. $12.00.

     

    http://amzn.to/2m5Xmbc

     

    This camera doesn't come with a video surveillance sign, but you can buy one for $4.13 here:

    http://amzn.to/2m63yQf Or buy two of them for just $4.97 at the same link.

     

    But there are many other dummy cameras on Amazon, some as low as $7.75 if you buy four at one time. And here's one that looks exactly like the one Chad bought, but it's roughly $24.00 and doesn't include a warning sign: http://amzn.to/2ne33Wm

     

    See or hear this show: www.gizwiz.tv/episode/1613 (Goes live late Friday, March10, 2017)

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