August 27, 2013
We've had a number of break-ins in my subdivision and since my house is at the corner of the only street that enters the subdivision I'd like to purchase an outdoor HD IP network camera with IR lighting. With motion-sensing I think I could capture a readable license plate in a photo or video and time stamp for every vehicle that enters and leaves my subdivision.
I would go with IP cameras but certain cameras are better for different shots. For plate capture you want to be close to the vehicle focused in on the plate. Also the car needs to come to a complete stop preferably no more than a few miles per hour. You may or may not need more illumination at night. It depends on conditions if you will need more light. For plate capture I would plan on extra light.
Do you have any idea on how far away you want the cameras?
September 27, 2013
My neighborhood is rather large (500+ homes) with two entrances and a landscaped island between entry/exit lanes of traffic. I have electric in the islands, but no internet connection. I opted for a couple of Reconyx cameras that are made for recording license plates, day or night at high speed. They're enclosed in green utility boxes so they blend into the environment very well. Here's a link: http://www.reconyx.com/shop/SM.....a/d/243/96 and here's the enclosure: http://www.reconyx.com/shop/Ca...../d/266/110
I would highly recommend that you record license plates as they leave the neighborhood. Criminals can enter at any time, but when the SHTF, they're gonna be leaving in a hurry. Better to know what cars left during a short time window rather than who came in.
Hope this helps.