Hidden surveillance cameras are everywhere, but they are hardly noticeable because well, they are hidden. Some time ago, these devices were limited only to clandestine government agencies and secret agents however with the advancement of technology, these gadgets became more affordable and widely available to consumers who can now use them in a variety of situations.
It could be surprising to know where these surveillance cameras can be hidden: in wall clocks, alarm clocks, smoke detectors, air purifiers, stereo speakers, DVD players and in just about any unassuming everyday household item. Many hidden surveillance cameras are wireless which gets rid of the tell-tale and suspicious looking video and power cables. Also because they are wireless, they can be set up in less suspicious locations and no one can ever suspect that their actions are being monitored and recorded.
Features of Hidden Surveillance Cameras
These unnoticeable surveillance cameras can be powered by a simple 9-volt battery and they can stay on for eight or more hours thus allowing plenty of time to capture errant activities. There are also surveillance cameras which are motion activated. They have built-in motion sensors which become active the moment they detect motion when they start taking pictures or recording video to be viewed later or streamed live to a computer. This feature helps prevent the gadget’s battery from getting drained all day.
Most hidden surveillance cameras are formatted digitally so they can easily accommodate the size constraints while being housed in such a diminutive package. Besides, the digital format is easily manipulated which is an advantage to users in general. The recorded footage can be easily saved and edited on a computer thus eliminating all the hassle involved in sorting recorded tapes.
Common Uses of Hidden Surveillance Cameras
The most popular use for this type of surveillance cameras is to increase the security of a person’s home or personal belongings. Other people make use of these hidden surveillance cameras to spy on their hired help and nannies to make sure that their children are being treated well and their needs attended to while they are not home. These devices are also commonly used as a way to safeguard people’s things against theft from house cleaners. Although these are considered legitimate uses for such devices, some users of invisible surveillance cameras tend to abuse these gadgets. Many times, irresponsible people have used surveillance cameras to violate the privacy of others.
Victims of privacy intrusions have been known to be traumatized by the experience and to lower the incidence of such violations, states and countries have come up with rules and laws regarding the use of spy cameras and hidden surveillance cameras. However, these laws are blurry at best so the best defense is still to be vigilant and always be on the lookout for these types of gadgets though they are not very easy to spot.