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.