Technological advances have pushed us into an era where a camera and microphone is small enough to be concealed by a mere button on your shirt. The private investigation sector is thriving on the rapid progression of this type of technology. With this being said, it makes us wonder about where cameras may be hidden. With technologies like this available to the general public, are they being used in the workplace by employees and employers alike? Is this legal? Is this expensive? Is this ethical? Every day we’re faced with these types of questions and this blog will attempt to give you the answers.
IS IT LEGAL?
This comes down to common sense. Would a reasonable, sane person fit a covert camera into the toilet in a workplace? I’m hoping the answer to this is an emphatic NO. However, in certain circumstances this may be possible, so long as it respects the privacy of the individuals using the toilet. Would you place a camera to cover the front door of an office building? Yes, this would be a very viable option for a covert camera, the general public sometimes feel under more pressure with a camera pointed in their face, so having a covert camera would take the pressure off and potentially make your customers feel more at ease, all while 100% securely monitored. Can you place covert cameras in a rural environment, monitoring the space outside your building? Well, yes. There is absolutely no harm in that. The final point of this section is that yes, it is legal, so long as you follow the correct procedures.
INSTALLATION OF COVERT CAMERAS?
Installing covert cameras can be the easiest job ever, or one of the most complicated. However the majority of the time it’s very simple. The operation of them is the simplest part, it’s ensuring they’re covert that’s the hard part. Ensuring they’re positioned in the most effective place requires specialist knowledge. Installing overt cameras is a much less taxing as they do not have to be hidden. Covert cameras have to withstand much more scrutiny because employees that are committing offences are extremely suspicious of whether they’re being watched. We’ve experienced employees conducting very thorough searches before initiating in their wrongful activity, so the installation of these cameras must be carried our to the highest standard possible.
WHAT COVERT CAMERAS DO WE USE?
Over the years, Lawmate have invested heavily in being at the forefront of covert solutions for our customers. There are options for people looking to keep their home under Covert CCTV surveillance or professional private investigators. We have some absolutely incredible spy gear available for use in lots of different circumstances. Much of our equipment is used by the Police and various Security outlets around the United Kingdom and beyond. Equipment that can be left for many months in the same position, or solutions for small business’ with lesser requirements.
Covert cameras come in a range of shapes and sizes. From fully functional digital alarm clocks, to shirt buttons the range is phenomenal. Smaller units tend to have a shorter battery life but easier to conceal. While the bigger plug in units have the capacity to run until you say stop.
HOW TO CATCH AN EMPLOYEE USING COVERT CAMERAS
Catching an employee using a covert camera can be a difficult task, which is whywe recommend utilising the skills of a professional company who will use the most effective equipment for the job. Private investigation companies are usually able to carry out an in depth reconnoitre which will include the correct paperwork and assessments. While we recommend using a professional, we do sell anti surveillance equipment however, if the correct procedures are not followed, you could find yourself at the mercy of your ICO.
In todays society, it is widely accepted that nearly everything we do is recorded in some way or another. Be it though the apps we enable access to our phone, or through cameras placed by the concerned business owners and law enforcement. Is this a good thing or a bad thing?
With technology forever improving, it's not a unusual to feel uncomfortable or concerned with the way it's going. When will enough be enough? We have the matter of personal privacy. Now, nobody is forcing you to wear a camera, or hide cameras in your own home. What you do in the privacy of your own home is up to you. To ensure your privacy a little more you just have to be careful what electrical appliances you have installed within your home and read what apps ask for access to on your device. But there are anti surveillance devices available on the market today which enable you to locate hidden lenses and also pick up unusual electrical frequencies within your home. Even when you're looking for privacy, technology again comes to the rescue.
In our modern age, we're seeing huge improvements in small device capabilities, it seems all the technology companies want to do is increase power, and make things smaller. With these advances, comes cameras and listening devices being able to hide in plain sight more and more. But personally, i don't feel this is a bad thing. If you're not doing anything wrong then you have nothing to worry about, right? Covert cameras have a wide variety of uses, for example. if you were walking through the 'wrong end' of town, but you had a camera recording your every step, sending GPS location back to a 'central hub' would you feel more secure? I would imagine so. Just having the piece of mind that if anything happens you have video evidence and a location. The culprit will be caught on video which will inevitably lead to a much easier investigation for law enforcement. There are cameras available today that can see in lower light than the human eye.
Not everyone is going to see eye to eye on this matter, but as generations pass it'll become more and more 'normal' within the world. Could we become a full blown 'Big Brother' society?
Our kids are our future. They are our wealth and legacy. The light of our lives. They make us laugh, and cry but we love them regardless. We have moved into an age where work is demanding more from us and we are beginning to rely on nannies to nurture and develop our children. With this there is also a growing concern with reports on the internet, television and in the newspapers of abuse and accidental child deaths. This ever growing concern has prompted the use of Wi-Fi enabled nanny cameras to help keep our kids safe when we are not there.
As parents become more aware of the benefits of regular surveillance the use of nanny cameras has received a huge amount of recognition. Parents around the world have utilised nanny cameras to do what they cannot; keep a constant eye on their son or daughter. According to some recent studies there has been a 30% rise in the utilisation of nanny cameras in the last 5-6 years. So, are these nanny cams or "spy cameras" useful for ensuring the safety of your child, or an invasion of privacy? We will help you decide.
Different types of Nanny Cameras:
So, what are the different kinds of Nanny Cameras you can get? There are four unique variations of these 'spy cameras' on the market today, they are as follows.
1. The hidden wireless Nanny Cam:
A simple plug and go device, this type of spy camera can be concealed in a number of different items including the famous teddy bear cameras you may have seen in films.
2. Hidden IP Nanny Cams:
These cameras mostly include a motion detection software built into them which ensures all motion is captured. They can be connected to your PC or Max for video recording, and remote viewing. They can be accessed remotely using the right configuration and helps parents around the world keep an eye on their kids when away from home.
3. Hidden power line Nanny Camera:
These are extremely easy to use. They transmission of video is enabled through existing electrical wiring in your home.
4.Hidden Nanny Cam Built-In Recorder:This camera has indicator motion indicator activated video recording facility.
4. Hidden Nanny Cam (Built in recorder):
This camera has a motion detector built into it, and also comes with a recorder which can (depending on the storage capacity) record hours upon hours of footage at good resolution.
Benefits of using a Nanny Cam:
A demand that's ever increasing coupled with the advancements in recent technology has lead to an increase in the availability of nanny cameras. These cameras are built in such a way that keeping them covertly hidden around the home is effortless. While IP nanny cameras are the most efficient way to monitor your home with instant and interrupted continuous access. Other types of nanny cameras are great choices as they allow you to record the events of the day with ease.
Prices for nanny cams start at around £140 for a good quality camera which gives you a 1080p HD Video recording device with build in microphone for audio recording. This camera requires a Digital Recording device for storing your recordings and is designed to be used with the PV500HDW range. This allows you access through Wi-Fi. Nanny cameras give you the piece of mind that your child is being looked after in the manner you'd expect.
Additionally nanny cameras can be used as security cameras to keep an eye on any unknown people in your house such as cleaners, babysitters, untrustworthy friends. The list goes on.
In conclusion, the advise we'd give to all parents is. Use a nanny camera if you have concerns for the safety of your child. As a parent you can never be too observant or mindful when it comes to keeping your child safe.