Lights and cameras

An important part of keeping the neighborhood safe is having all areas which would otherwise attract illicit activity well lit all night and observed by cameras. If those measures are in place, people will see them and not do illicit things there.

Please send Dave your recommendations and non-recommendations for this page.


Should be bright and on all night.

Dave asked his electrician to just pick something out, and whatever it was it didn't cost much and it works fine. Dave recommends his electrician, Cheri Cochran.

A neighbor recommends this remote-control spotlight: It would need a 12V transformer to be connected to residential power.


Should be visible. Should allow easy sharing of video to Google Photos. Should be sufficiently high resolution to allow faces on video to be identified.

A brand that has worked well for some neighbors is AvertX. It has a good UI and makes it easy to share video. That brand is at Costco. We haven't seen a package that has less than four cameras, however. Perhaps neighbors could share a package.

A neighbor has Amcrest cameras, which were not too expensive and have good resolution, but he doesn't recommend them since they require a separate network video recorded. He recommends a Nest Outdoor IQ (does this have better resolution than others' Nest cameras?) or RIng camera for ease of use, but see below for other opinions.

Brands we don't recommend

  • Ring or Nest. They don't have high enough resolution.
  • Q-See. They're not easy to share video from.
  • Lorex. The one a neighbor bought died quickly.