Covert Surveillance Video

Written by Kathleen Gagne
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To put it simply, covert surveillance is surveillance that is done without the knowledge or consent of the person or persons being observed. Covert surveillance is sometimes compared to spying because of the lack of the aforementioned pre-notification. Because of its nature, it involves hidden cameras rather than clearly visible ones.

Covert surveillance video is generally used to "catch" people rather than for safety purposes. It can be used in sensitive areas, and it can be abused in some situations. Some states or local governments have laws forbidding covert surveillance, so, if you are thinking about using it, you should check into what types of surveillance are legal in your area.

Why Should You Use Covert Surveillance Video?

Covert surveillance video is often used by private detectives who are investigating spousal infidelity or who are working for a company that suspects theft. Wireless video cameras are the units of choice in covert surveillance because they are portable and can be easily hidden. They can also transmit to recorders and can be monitored from remote computers with Internet access.

If you find yourself in a situation in which you have suspicions about a spouse or employee, you may want to consider covert surveillance video rather than closed circuit television (CCTV) which is the more common method of covert surveillance. You can combine your wireless video camera with a digital video recorder(DVR) and produce high-resolution video that can be saved on discs. Remote video cameras are so small you can hide them in everything from clocks to plants. Again, you will need to determine whether the evidence obtained with covert surveillance will be admissible should you need it.

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