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Should we install a security camera at our front door?
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17/10/2018 - 10:41 am
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We are considering installing a discrete but easy-to-notice mini security camera outside our front door. We are on the top level of a non-security building in a decent area of Sydney. Only three other apartments will notice it; I have no problem with explaining why, if we do it, and expect they will know our circumstances and have sympathy. (We are being harassed by a former neighbour who’s moved out, who has an anti-social personality disorder; the type who don’t stop once they have a target until they find another target and maybe not even then.)

Flat Chatters, should we just install it and give them a polite note explaining? Or should we give them the note ahead of time with a few days to complain? Should I suggest it could have benefits for them too, what with the amount of parcel deliveries left at front doors and dog walkers coming and going these days?

I should add we’re quite prepared for the hundred dollar camera to be knocked-off or damaged, but the evidence will be in ‘the cloud’.

And though we’ve tried, we can’t find a suitable front door peephole camera. We used to have a set-up with an old camera phone which was good but cumbersome.

No use consulting the Strata Manager or the Strata Committee in our Sydney block of 40; they don’t even bother with the basics. The camera won’t be permanently fixed to Common Property but even if it was the SM and SC wouldn’t care less.

Fey Knows
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20/10/2018 - 2:08 pm
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I understand, Costa. Some of my neighbours have noticed and commented on the front-and-rear dash cam I got after vandalism to my car in the community, non-secure, carpark. The most common opinion is ‘What a good idea! I think I’ll get one’ when I tell them it has a parking mode triggered by movement.

Just install your front door cam and give your immediate neighbours a short, polite note and see what happens. If you bump into them in the corridors, ask what they think.

I also have one pointing out my window at a Common Property pathway which is not at all easy to spot unless you’re peering in which almost nobody would. I see possums and cats but no poo-joggers yet.

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23/10/2018 - 3:02 pm
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You may not get away with installing a camera, or hard fixing any other item outside your front door as this is common property, not yours. So you may be required to remove it if you do. Firstly you should get advice and then formerly apply to your committee for this. Good luck with your crazy ex neighbor though as it doesn’t sound pleasant at all.

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