I wanted to share a story on how I used MotionEye (Pi surveillance software created by Calin Crisan) to catch a package thief this past holiday season.
During the holidays, the wife and I had 4 holiday packages stolen grossing more than $300.00 in losses. We own a condo and went to the association asking if we could set up a ring doorbell or a small non-invasive camera. We were told no because it would alter the exterior the building. Being a modder, I thought to myself that there had to be a way I could get around this without breaking the association policies and it dawned on me….
A door wreath!
Yes, I saw a holiday wreath on my neighbor’s door and thought that a disguised Pi camera would blend perfectly in the wreath.
So I got to modding…
After work, I stopped by my local Home Depot and Micro Center and picked up all the necessary hardware the get this thing started.
Here's a how it looked when it was initially installed in the wreath. I moved the camera later and did a much better job hiding it.
Here's a snap of how the system looked like from my PC (I added a second camera to cover both stairwells - sorry I should have taken a screen shot)
I stashed a brick in an Amazon box and set the bait. 3 days later a local pizza delivery driver ripped off the package and fled the scene.
I’m happy to report that the case just ended and the pizza delivery driver is awaiting sentencing for his crime.
Here are some bonus photos of my summer security wreath!
Link to Calin Crisan’s page: https://github.com/ccrisan/motioneye/wiki