Hidden Surveillance Cameras

Written by James Lyons
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From 1995 to 1998, consumers spent an astronomical amount of money on home security products. It's estimated that consumers spent around $33 billion on home security products during that time. Now, with the economy stumbling and the overall fear of another terrorist attack, spending on security products like hidden surveillance cameras and security monitors is on the rise.

Back in 1997 there were over 13,000 businesses classified as alarm installing businesses in the United States. With security topping the list of issues debated during the 2004 presidential election, the number of home security businesses will surely rise. While people in Billings, Montana have very little to worry about when it comes to a terrorist attack, there is still that perception of danger all across the nation.

Will Hidden Surveillance Cameras Work?

They already have worked. Over the past ten years, the overall number of burglaries in the United States has dramatically decreased, even in urban areas known for crime. Government researchers attribute this trend to a number of different things. The economy seriously improved in the mid-1990s which usually curtails crime. However, when the economy turned in 2000 and 2001, crime didn't dramatically increase like it had in previous recessions.

During the economic boom of the mid and late 1990s, millions of people bought security equipment for their homes. These people still have this equipment and many consider it a priority, so they make a point to update their surveillance systems. Researchers have attributed the overall decrease in crime to these systems. Burglars don't feel as invincible as they used to. They're a little more skittish.


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