Skip to comments.Why Security Is Important Immediately
Posted on 09/14/2013 8:43:52 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
I have installed wireless IP cameras at my house in the mountains with Blue Iris software to allow 24/7 monitoring of the premises. This system has built-in motion sensors and night vision. When the motion sensor is tripped, two pictures are sent to my email account. A short video is also made and recorded. Without going into details, this house is in a very remote location with few people in the immediate vicinity. However, anyone doing surveillance within the radius of one mile would be noticed and reported.
The cameras are inconspicuous but effective as shown here. The individual in the first picture had already walked up the stairs to my second story, knocked on the front door and received no reply. He then went to the side of the house and checked the interior of the home as seen in the second picture.
Based on the time stamps, this individual went back to his vehicle and came back ten minutes later with what appears to be a computer and radio antenna.
He then sets up at the rear of the house for what I believe was the alignment of a long distance, parabolic antenna. This location of the alignment is the only part of the house where it would be practical for monitoring due to the terrain. Also, the monitoring point is across a valley two miles away but conveniently across state lines.
I know that no one entered my home but this incident pointed out some weak points in my security by showing the need for additional cameras (already purchased). It also pointed out the necessity to implement and refine security measures now on a larger scale. But even more important, it shows that no location is safe or should be considered safe in the future.
I sent these pictures to several individuals for their opinions prior to writing this article since I did not want to jump to any conclusions and wanted to solicit other possible explanations for this "visit". One individual stated that this man "can't be a three letter agency and be so inept", he did not say anything about a five letter agency.
I had hoped that this type of activity would have stopped after my IRS harassment was closed by filing a court case against them in 2010.
Will we regain our country in the future? In the sixth book of the 299 Days series, Glen Tate wrote something that has given me more hope than anything else: the people left in government are incompetent and have no conviction. As evidenced by these pictures.
Five letter agency? Have they used up all the three and four letter combinations already? Geeee! We are really in deeep doooo-doooo.
Too bad you did not shoot him!
I notice you didn’t install claymore’s.
Any reason why not?
Must be nice. You know he’s bragging, now don’t you?
BATFE - Bureau of A##holes Transvestites, Faggots and Effeminates
This is frightening and infuriating!
I would add controlled detonation devices, or at least some flash-bangs, that could be controlled remotely from a pad or other monitoring device.
Look at his left hand hanging down out of sight from the door(second pic).Notice his hand is clenched.To me that is a cops’ stance.
Any idea what he was doing with that parabolic antenna?
This is a bit weird.
I couldn’t afford to rig a toy GI Joe or Barbie camera on my place. LOL
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Get a canine beast that understands his ground. This guy wouldn’t have been able to get that close.
Do you have DISH TV at the house now?...: )
As someone that has setup surveillance / spy equipment for years that doesn’t look like standard protocol to me. They would check for cameras and to see if you were home first before engaging in blackop type tactics.
^ one of the ways they can check to see if you are home is by using a sales call pretext. If that doesnt work they can ping our cellphone to see where it’s at then do a follow-up check with another source to confirm you are t that location (as in call your place of employment to see if you are there).
The NSA already has him under surveillance! Just like they do the rest of us. If they want to target him, they'll do it from a remote server. They aren't going to send Larry the Satellite Guy.
My guess is that he is a contractor for a web service provider going around to all the remote locations around there and testing various homes for signal pickup from selected mountaintop transmitter antennas.
AT&T used to distribute TV here in the metro Atlanta area over L-band freuquencies....just hang the receiver antennas in the tops of trees.
I know there is Hughes Net for remote locations that want satellite internet service but it still is bandwidth limited on the download.
Based on the dish he used, I’d say this was one of those millimeter wave last-mile dishes that are in use everywhere. They operate in the 36-38GHz range. At that frequency bandwidth on data transmission wouldn’t be a problem. Very small beamwidth and high gain. So he might have been seeing if he could pickup a transmit location farther away that provides sector coverage to an area.
Only possible non-spy reason I could think of.
Yes, big time.
Check with the local ham club, better yet, become a ham if you're not and join. Then you'll know what's going on in the area. He may have been just looking for you to ask permission, then went ahead and borrowed your space anyway.
I’m thinking a local internet/satellite company checking signal strength and/or to see if you have a clear enough shot at a repeater or satellite. If the results were positive, you might be getting a sales call soon...
Or (and this is a stretch), if you had an unsecured router, or one using a hackable security protocol, maybe he was setting up a repeater to piggyback on your connectivity to his place down the hill?
I’d think the former is likeliest, given the equipment he’s carrying. If he was a common thug and the property is as remote as you describe, he would have gained entry after checking if no one was home.
Got any full-time neighbors in the vicinity? Maybe check with them and see if someone’s been around trying to sell dish-network or something?
Well dang - I should have read a bit further...
I’m with Gaffer on this!
BATFE - "We have more letters than you do."
I don’t care if it was ‘spy’ type stuff or not. I don’t like how far we have slipped from privacy and a respect for private property.
This owner wasn’t home but this person doesn’t give a damn, they are going to do whatever it is they intended with or without permission.
I don’t care if it is harmless or not— it is disrespectful.
I agree it’s disrespectful, at least, but in this day the predators are waaaay beyond merely disrespectful.
Not my house. Pictures seem to indicate it’s in the mountains or high up. All I know is that I’ve tested a bunch of those 12 and 18 inch millimeter wave dishes (made mostly out of plastic that is metal coated) and they are remarkably fine antennas.. very high gain and 1 degree type beamwidths....low sidelobes....they’ll do horizon distance links no problem and support T3 or better bandwidths
I think that he is unlikely to be a ham radio operator. He would have knocked on the door and requested permission. All the ham radio people that I know are shy about trespassing.
Getting any good wildlife pictures/vids?
That might get you in trouble. How about an exterior alarm so loud and annoying that the trespasser screams in pain and has to cover his ears?
What is the brand name and model of your cameras? I need some of them.
I’m not the author of this. Maybe e-mail him?
I used to live in New Mexico. I’m a ham and loved to play with dish antennas at repeater sites on the mountains.
It’s amazing what you can pick up with a USB WiFi dongle at the feed point of a TVRO dish.
We had a 100mw green laser once and fiddled with it until it pointed at exactly the same point the dish was aimed at...like a laser gun sight. It was easy to point it at another mountain top repeater site over a hundred miles away since we could see the other site. The weak signal propagation from one mountain to the other was fantastic! I could not drop the signal low enough for the other guys to lose it even using the switchable attenuator I brought along.
The 1 watt ALFA WiFi dongles are great for this and they have an external antenna jack so you can feed the dish in a proper fashion instead of just sticking the dongle out there.
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Death to all misplaced apostrophes!!
Did I screw up again?
Dag Nab it!!!
It's easy to do. Those sneaky little apostrophes get up to all sorts of mischief :-)
All yore typsos are belong to me!
Oh, come on, man. It's typso's!
Random apostrophe apostasy!
I’m target rich! erh rich’d...
When I lurk, typsos increae!
Or was that “unstoppered”?
Hey, how’d she get in this manual?
You know, at Wifi frequencies of say 2.4 GHz or even 5.8 GHz, you really didn’t need that green laser to lockup on that 100 mile tower....at those frequencies a little 12 inch parabolic dish with prime focus feed would give you about a 28 degree or 11 degree beamwidth for those frequencies, respectively. The Friis path loss at those two freqs is 124 and 131 dB, respectively.
That’s why those little 12 and 18 inch millimeter wave dishes are so useful....very high gain, 1-2 degree beamwidth and enough gain on them to punch through some of that 148 dB path loss compared to those much lower frequencies.
Yup, didn’t really need the laser but since we had it it was just too cool an idea to pass up. It was surprising that the guys at the other site could see the green laser so well. Humidity was about 8 percent so it was crystal clear that night.
This is nice...
I did my own in Excel that allows me to do the whole link with losses, transmitter power, antenna sizes on both ends, distance and even noise figures and receiver bandwidths added so I could determine what the received signal level would be with respect to what the noise floor of the receiver would be..