I think it's common for people who stay in HDB flat to have plants along the corridor.
We have been doing that for many years without trouble, until recently... "a thief" appeared...
My parents, getting old in age, have more or less retired and spend most of their time at home. so growing plants and taking care of them has become their main hobby for their free time.
Few months ago, it started when this thief started stealing our first pot of Orchid(1st pot). It was taken away in the middle of the night while we were deep in sleep.
Being caught unaware, obviously there is nothing we could have done to the situation.
My parents, being tolerant and soft-hearted people, decided to do nothing against it. So... they bought a new pot of Orchid(2nd pot) and this time round, had it secured to the stand by securing cable-tie to it(We have our pots of plants on a 1m high stand). This time round, he/she strucked again at midnight, and traces of the cable tied being "cut off" were left behind. It is now very obvious this thief came prepared, and also must have checked out our plants before-hand.
This time round, i suggested putting a surveillance camera. But still.. my mum being a kind person, believed its not likely he will steal again. So all she did was to bring this 3rd pot of Orchid into the house every night before going to bed. To our amazement, yesterday the thief struck at around 10am. Yes, daytime, morning.
This time, he/she didn't steal the whole pot of orchid, but rather broke off 5 stems of it which had flowers bloomed on it, practically destroying the whole plant which now looks bare with severely broken stems. It is pretty much an act of vengeance against us from stopping him/her from stealing the plant.
As i'm typing this, i've come to realise in between the theft of the 1st and 2nd pot, he/she actually stole another mini pot of Rose.
I can't imagine who on earth can be so cruel and wicked, when we have been a peaceful and friendly family to our neighbours. I am sure we have no enemies whatsoever.
From here, i have decided to install a spy/surveillance camera or sort of thing but i have no idea what kind of setup is needed since we have never thought of setting up anything like this in our peaceful home for the past years.
Hopefully, there will be people here who can advise me what kind of setup i can get and where to get. Preferably something inconspicuous. My room window has a good view of our plants so i'm thinking of probably something like pinhole camera or something like that. Budget is possibly around $300 but this is flexible. I will be looking at something that has recording function and this camera should be attached to my PC which is near to the window as well. Light is rather dim, around ISO 3200 and F2.8 1/50 for a proper exposure of the person's face.
Appreciate if anyone who is knowledgeable in this aspect advise me on what surveillance/spy camera i should get, where to get, and how much it is.
Thanks for reading