Hidden Cameras – Is One Right For You?
What you have to ask your self first is, “Do I really need a hidden camera?” If you want to make sure that your babysitter is taking care of your children properly by all means a “Nanny Cam” is in order. Is someone doing damage to your car at night? Is somebody stealing your stuff at work? Whatever your answer is make sure you use a hidden camera, or spy camera, to catch somebody doing something illegal or immoral.
How many times have you read about some pervert landlord that wired up his building so he could spy on his female tenants? Or some sicko placing a hidden camera in a ladies dressing room at a department store? This type of thing happens too often and that is the type of use of a hidden camera that is not a legitimate use! Thank goodness the courts usually impose a long jail sentence for these guys.
One way to make sure you are not a victim of a hidden camera or microphone is to purchase and use a signal detector. They are more commonly known as “Bug Detectors”. We have all seen these being used on TV and in the movies. You simply turn the hand held unit on and walk through the room or “sweep” the room. The signal detector picks up the signal transmitted by the hidden camera or microphone and helps you locate its exact position.
“Boy, that was so nice of the landlord to leave that nice wall clock in my bedroom. He is such a nice guy.” Well, think again. When you do a sweep of your apartment don’t be surprised if your bug detector activates when you get close to that wall clock! These days anything you see could be housing a hidden camera. Make sure you do a complete sweep of your apartment. Remember, if you find something, try not to react. Simply leave your apartment and call the police from outside. You don’t want your landlord to know that you have just called the cops.
If you do want a hidden camera for a good reason, there are many types to choose from. Most hidden cameras are built into everyday items you find around a home such as clocks, radios, thermostats, smoke detectors, lamps, etc. You name it and it could contain a hidden camera.
Just make sure you choose an item that “fits in” to your life style so that it does not raise suspicions. If you buy a Tiffany lamp with a spy camera, and all of your other furniture is Modern, you might raise a few eyebrows. Make sure what you get looks like it belongs there.
Not only do you have to make sure it blends in you have to decide what type of hidden camera you want. You really have three choices. You can get a wireless camera, a wired camera or an all-in-one camera/recorder.
With the wireless hidden camera you will have the item that contains the camera and a transmitter. This transmitter sends the video signal wirelessly to a receiver. The receiver is then attached to a recording device or a monitor or TV for viewing.
Choosing a wired hidden camera is probably the most economical but you have to contend with exposed cords. There will be A/V cords coming out of the device and then they are connected to either your TV or monitor to view the picture or a recorder to record the action.
The self contained hidden camera will have the camera and a recording device, usually an SD memory card, hidden inside of it. In order to view what has been recorded you simply take the memory card out of the unit and place it into your computer for viewing. This type is usually the easiest to set up.
Make sure you buy a hidden camera that matches your needs. Do you need to record at night time when very little light is available? You better get a low LUX camera. Do you need it to be motion activated? How about a time and date stamp? These are all available and you can find one that fits what you want it to do.
Finally, please, make sure you have good reasons to buy a hidden camera. Don’t be one of those creepy landlords that winds up in jail.