- 30 Dec, 2020
For most homes and businesses, the prominent placement of security cameras and signs warning of their use are enough to deter most common criminals. However, there is a growing need for another option as individuals with ulterior motives find ways to avoid detection from the standard surveillance camera.
The answer is the hidden security camera.
Hidden cameras have been around for many decades but it is only now that the technology is available to the average person or business at a reasonable cost. Another factor in the exponential rise in the popularity of hidden cameras off late is the explosion in the availability of wireless technology.
For the first time, it is possible to hide a camera within everyday objects and obtain high quality recordings for a practical length of time.
In fact, technology has advanced to such a point today that many of the hidden cameras that were the stuff of science fiction not that long ago have become practical options available to anyone with a need for them.
Home and business owners may have different rationale behind their use of a hidden camera but the options available to them largely overlap.
Hidden Cameras for Business Use
Businesses lose hundreds of millions of dollars’ worth of goods to theft every year. Loss prevention techniques and strategies are not sufficient to counter this loss in its entirety because a portion of them can be attributed to employee dishonesty.
It is difficult to identify and catch dishonest employees because they usually make themselves aware of the range of security systems in place on the premises.
With a knowledge of the system’s limitations and the scope and quality of the images that they record, it is possible to find a way around them. It is virtually impossible to have a completely fool-proof system and having an ‘enemy’ on the inside means that the gaps in the wall of security are much more easily reached.
A hidden camera installed without employee knowledge in a trouble area allows the business owner to counter this disadvantage to the business.
Verification of Claims
Another use of hidden cameras at a business venue is to counter mendacious claims of compensation, either by customers or employees.
Cases have been reported in the past where businesses have been sued for large amounts of money for damages and injuries on their premises, which ultimately turned out to be false.
Another area of concern for responsible business owners is harassment in the workplace. OH&S requirements for employee behaviour have to facilitated by the business itself. Sometimes, the easiest way to verify or counter claims of bullying and harassment is video and audio footage from a hidden camera.Legality
In certain jurisdictions, the footage from a hidden camera sometimes is not permissible in a court of law because of legal technicalities. However, the information gleaned from the footage can still help business owners and investigators formulate a plan to catch an employee red-handed, or to plug the gaps in the security system.
Hidden Cameras for Home Use
It is an unfortunate reality that we cannot always trust the people we let into our homes. There have been cases of trusted employees, who have worked at the same home for decades, being found committing crimes against the occupants and stealing from them.
Protecting the Most Vulnerable
Too many times, we have seen footage on the news of babysitters and elderly care attendants abusing the individuals in their charge. This abuse has been shown to be both physical and sexual.
When you leave your home and entrust your family into the care of an employee, are you really sure what happens in your absence? There are certain signs from your loved ones, young or old, that point to the possibility that they have been abused:
- Unexplained bruises
- Burn marks
- A fear of the caregiver of the babysitter
- A desire not to be left alone with them
- Seemingly fancy stories of abuse they may have suffered
It has emerged through crime reporting that many intruders to the home actually gain access to the premises beforehand with the owner’s consent.
Workers like gardeners, painters, pool cleaners, plumbers or repairmen usually spend a considerable amount of time in your home on each visit.
It is practically impossible to sit and monitor them every moment that they are there. Moreover, it can be awkward and uncomfortable for both you and them if you watch over them with an eagle eye the entire time.
A hidden camera installed or placed in the room or overlooking the area allows you to ensure that your belongings are safe without making anyone uncomfortable. With the latest mobile hidden cameras, you can even shift the area being watched as the workers progress through the house.
The Range of Hidden Camera Options
Wireless technology has become the driving force behind the success of hidden cameras. It allows you to monitor a situation in real time almost as if you were invisible and standing in the room yourself.
Small and simple objects that would not look out of place, for example, a teddy bear, pen or brooch, and fittings like smoke detectors, power sockets and motion detectors can have hidden cameras built into them. The best ones allow you to observe and record in high definition.
Criminals planning a theft or robbery often do reconnaissance of their target building to identify weak spots and potential problems. That is also the modus operandi of vandals. One of the dreaded enemies of both these groups is the security camera.
To prevent themselves from being recorded, vandals and thieves sometimes damage or cover security cameras.
In this case again, the hidden camera is the tool of choice for the home or business owner. Cameras hidden in innocuous fittings or even disguised as rocks allow you to monitor intruders in real time and call the authorities, or obtain footage to use as evidence during court proceedings.
GSA Systems carries a wide array of hidden cameras built for your specific needs. Please come in and talk to our security camera experts and let them show you how to keep your home and business safe from the inside out.