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Hello all. I feel this is the best place to start this, as it involves a webcam.

Suffice it to say, as of recently I've had reason to believe that the security of my room in the apartment I rent is suspect at best. Whether it's roommates or other undesireables, someone is entering my room without my consent.

Now, nothing has gone missing as of late. My computer is pretty damn secure, but I feel it's only a matter of time before certain valuables are found. For the moment, I've moved my valuable assets back to my parent's house, but I know that people are still entering my room.

What I'm wondering, is if there is software out there where I can discreetly record, via a webcam, my room, and save that information onto my hard drive, while my computer is on, but logged out.

I'm open to any and all suggestions, and would be willing to spend up to $150~ish dollars on this. I feel it's important to catch who is doing this ASAP, as it has the girlfriend spooked considerably, as there is slight evidence that this may be happening at night, while we sleep. (And we've carefully concluded that our cat is not the culprit, despite being a renowned kleptomaniac in black fur.)
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why not just set up a video camera and hide it somehwere in the room? might be easier.
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post #3 of 4
A lock, on the door? Just ask your landlord.

But yeah, a cheapo video camera will probably serve you better and be cheaper than a motion sensing webcam setup. But then again, you would have to root through all the footage, whereas with a motion sensor, only the actual event would be recorded.
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post #4 of 4
Waaaay back I used this tutorial.

But if you google it, there seem to be a bunch of different options. Not sure about any of them though, but they seem to be what you're looking for:

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Good luck! Dealing with s***** roommates is always dirty business...

EDIT: It was also recommended to use Box or Dropbox to store your recordings/pictures, that way you can still view the media while away, or God forbit, your whole computer is stolen...
Edited by raiderxx - 10/16/11 at 4:20pm
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