I’ve been wondering about those things too. So let me show you the sequence of camera events when I captured my bad guy on Thanksgiving morning at 3:21 am.
Here are the settings are my camera at the time:
When the bad guy first entered my driveway to check out my first car-the camera triggered and recorded 20sec. But since it was 30+’ away so not much point in the video except for the fact it triggered and alerted.(My non-monitored perimeter alarm system went off as soon as he set foot on my driveway so I watched the whole event live and was able to call the police and describe what I was seeing from my window)
The camera uploaded and retriggered quickly. This is the second triggered event-bad guy moved up to my Van. This happened in total darkness. I turned off my security lights just in hopes of catching someone with my XT night vision because the IR washes out the face if there is light flooding the scene. (I’ve tested this to find my best case)
So I would agree with you, I would only want the camera to be set to record the 2nd event if I could arrange that.
The reason the camera was able to record both events is due to how slow the bad guy moved. If he moved as fast as my past video’d bad guys moved-I would have missed the second video for sure.
It looks like slow motion but that is real-time, amazingly slow. Of all the bad guys I’ve caught in my driveway, this guy broke the record for slow! He was in my driveway for over 40 seconds which is stunning. Typically they come up and are gone in under 15 seconds.(I have a video of that taken in 2014 from another camera that demonstrates that perfectly)
As far as a bad guy outsmarting the camera-turnoff the blue led then there is no way. But even if he knew about the blue led…once he triggered the camera you’ve got his picture to freeze frame so I don’t see that as being a big deal. So to me, the argument doesn’t really hold up. If these guys know there is a camera they aren’t coming up your driveway, they go after the low hanging fruit, I can’t imagine the risk being worth it. my opinion only.
So yes-the mindset is the most important. My goal with the camera is not for it to be the ‘first alert’ but to record only the events that are occuring for later use.