Just got a Browning HD Pro trailcam. It is pricey but I want to use the pictures for my art. Needless to say, I don't want the camera stolen.
To prevent theft, I wanted to use a security box with a lock and camouflage the rig as best I could. I looked on the internet and there were some tips. I decided to devise my own method.
The Browning is a very small camera. I ordered a security box for it from Trailcam Pro. Next, I went into woods and got some pieces of bark. They are easy to find. A lot of ash trees died because of the emerald ash borer. When the tree dies, the bark tends to separate and is easy to peel off. I used a different tree that was hit by lightning but anything will work as long as it is not falling apart.
Once I had the bark I did some test fitting to see how best to adhere it to the security box. There are very few straight lines in nature so I left a ragged end when I cut the bark. I used a hot glue gun to adhere it to the security case.
I got a Python cable to lock the box to a tree but I was afraid it would be too easy to cut the cable. I ended up getting a chain and a pad lock. The MasterLock with a 5 1/2 inch shackle to goes through the security case and secures the chain.
The chain is actually taken from an old tire chain so it wasn't shiny. I still wanted to camouflage it though. Before Christmas, a neighbor threw out an artificial tree. I grabbed it from the trash and cut all the branches off. I mixed different colors and painted each branch with a tooth brush for an irregular color effect. The Christmas tree branches work great because you can bend them and form them around the chain and they hold their shape.
There is a picture below that shows the case open with the bark glued on. There is also a picture with the case closed and the chain with Christmas tree branches. The last photo shows the rig in the woods. I put it on a maple tree so the bark doesn't match very well. Still, I think the colors and the 3D effect of the bark and the Christmas tree branches give this rig a natural looking appearance.
I put this close to my house. If I move it to an area with more people around I made a small ladder so I can hang the unit out of reach. It's a shame that you have to go through so much to stop theft. I'm just hoping that no one bothers the camera and I get some good pictures.