I am thinking about installing a small webcam or several small webcams in my garage and/or outside the front and back door ever since a bike of mine was swiped right off the front porch after my wife forgot to lock it up after coming back after a hard rain. The hum-dinger is that it was probably one of the punks who walks past our place everyday, but we have no evidence of it. With some sort of video surveillance, I would be able to track down who done it. In some cases I may be able to make the camera(s) inconspicupous enough that nobody would know they are there.
Therefore, in order to effectively implement this concept, I am interested in any suggestions you guys may have. For instance,
What do you use to record?
If you use a computer, what program do you use?
What file type is it stored as?
What quality file type?
Do you manually dump the footage after a certain period of time, or does whatever program used do it automatically?
What camera(s) do you use/recommend?
It seems if I were to use a webcam or something hooked up to my computer, it would probably tie up the computer's resources and/or run out of hard drive space short before requiring a dump. If the images are of good enough quality, then they are sure to take up a lot of space, otherwise, they probably wouldn't be of sufficient quality to use in identification. If you have or are doing said surveillance technique, how is it done? Could you post a sample snap shot of the footage to depict its quality?