Are disguised hidden cameras more effective than visible security cameras?
Making Surveillance Cameras Useful at Home or Work
How does the nanny treat your child when you are not home? Do the employees lounge about when the boss is out? Are you suspecting your spouse of having an affair? When too much is at stake, it is not wise to trust people on their word. The use of surveillance cameras in homes and workplaces rose out of a need for some concrete and visual indication, as well as confirmation, that a location or property is secure or a person is safe.
Is it necessary, though, to watch people and places covertly rather than overtly? When are disguised hidden cameras more effective than visible security cameras? Stealth is advantageous in monitoring, but not as a general rule. Neither is it always legal.
On the outset, the presence of CCTV is a guarantee of safety. In parks, malls, office or condo buildings, shops and parking lots, people in general feel confident in knowing the place is being watched. Complete surveillance systems, vandal-resistant weatherproof dome cameras, day-night bullet cameras, and hi-res professional cameras with night vision and automatic light adjustment functions are very ideal sorts. The mere sight of video cameras has been known to deter shoplifters and trespassers.
Covert cameras are especially useful for blowing the whistle on treacherous wrongdoers who would otherwise act normally if anyone were looking. A pinhole camera hidden in a clock, smoke detector, mirror or other such disguise can expose an abusive babysitter, a dishonest worker or a thieving roommate. The best ones for the purpose have a built-in DVR and can do motion-activated recording and motion detection area masking.
IP cameras are capable of remote surveillance. These enable you to view both live and recorded videos from wherever you can be online in any part of the world.
Apparent or not, surveillance cameras are illegal in public places where privacy is to be expected, like public restrooms and changing rooms. Planting spy cameras in someone else’s home or workspace is an invasion of privacy.