Recently curtains around our back yard pergola were stolen either during an Airbnb stay or shortly thereafter. I haven’t been videotaping outside (I will now) but even so I won’t ‘know’ that the Airbnb guest is responsible. [BTW these curtains were almost $500, as they are thick and heavy and block out the sun. Whether you think THAT purchase was a mistake there are other valuables in the back yard as well as the potential to create mischief with the pool or enter the house in a less obtrusive way.]
The easiest way to access our yard is through a locked (combination) gate, at which there is no security camera. We will very soon install a camera there as we’ve known that’s also a way that guests could hide the number of people on the property.
But someone could scale the back yard fence and get in that way, whether to steal or just enter the property. We hadn’t put security cameras to monitor that as we thought it an imposition on the guests’ privacy, though Airbnb rules permit it so long as presence disclosed, including active recording.
But the question is whether we ‘should’ do it?
I could see a guest taking an understanding approach, an approving approach ( as conceptually it provides some safety measure for them especially if there is a sign for outsiders indicating presence) or a kind of creepy feeling that they are being watched. For background the yard is not a place where you might walk around naked because neighbors could see that, but still I could see where a guest might just might not like the presence of cameras there, even though disclosed in the listing.
What do you think? Would it be a mistake to put cameras that show the activity in the back yard, which is exclusively an area for the guests?