Covert Video Surveillance

Written by Kathleen Gagne
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Covert video surveillance is one of those topics that seems to crop up in the news almost every month. It is being used by businesses, individuals, and government entities alike more and more frequently. There is constant debate about the efficacy of using covert surveillance to deter crime, and the debate will most likely go on for years to come as a major privacy issue.

That said, there are many instances in which covert surveillance is a distinct advantage. For example, if you are looking at a home application with the intent of insuring that babysitters are not hurting your children or stealing from you, a covert camera is the only way to go. In fact, you may want to install a covert camera in every room in your home. In another setting, such as a nursing home, the opposite is true; advertising the presence of cameras in each room can literally deter abuse and theft.

Covert Video Surveillance Equipment

On the Internet today, you can find cameras disguised as all sorts of objects and inserted into objects, such as clocks or radios, that actually function. When you're creating a surveillance system for your home or business, you will need several components, including cameras, a power unit, a monitor, and a recording device if you choose to save images for a specified period of time.

Internet surveillance equipment providers also offer advice on which components you need and how to insure that your system will be expandable. Before you buy any surveillance equipment, you should take the time to learn what is legal in your area. Some states have laws prohibiting covert surveillance by the general public. Most have no exclusions for private use in the home.

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