Nanny Cams and Hidden Video Surveillance Cameras

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Learn about hidden cameras and how they can be used.

What are Nanny Cams?

Nanny cams, or nanny cameras, are typically hidden cameras that allow parents to secretly monitor and video tape the activity of a person or persons. They are most often used to observe the behavior of a nanny, care giver or a babysitter. These types of hidden video surveillance cameras are becoming more popular as they are used to provide proof of abusive caregivers such as nannies and babysitters.

Private investigators may use such equipment during civil investigations when the behavior of a care giver has been called into question. Detectives should first check their state and local laws that govern the use of hidden video.

In cases where parents are suspicious and need proof, having a nanny cam allows parents to have peace of mind when they leave their child alone with a caregiver or a babysitter.

Types of Video Surveillance Equipment

Nanny cameras come in a variety of types with a wide range of features.  Most cams are wireless video devices, but are also available in hardwired format. The hidden equipment device is usually hidden in normal household items such as: teddy bears or stuffed animals, clock radios, computer speakers or stereo speakers, carbon monoxide detectors, smoke alarms and air purifiers. They are also disguised as outdoor items such as rocks and plants. The idea is to disguise the presence of the recording device by making it look just like a regular household item.

Where to Buy Surveillance Video Equipment

Brickhouse Security has an extensive selection of covert hidden cameras, nanny cams, and video surveillance equipment for private investigators, law enforcement, and everyday people that are interested in monitoring the activity of another person. Buy Private Investigator Spy Gear devices and tools at Brickhouse Security.

Other Possible Uses

These types of hidden video surveillance cameras can be used for reasons other than just child care.  Hidden recording devices can be used by parents to monitor the activity of their teenage children (are they having a party while you’re away on vacation), to monitor their house while it is being cleaned, or for security reasons.  Some real estate investors use hidden surveillance cameras to keep an eye on their rental properties and vacation homes.

Legal Considerations for Use

Currently, in all 50 states, it is legal to use a hidden video device.  However, it is illegal to record speech without a person’s consent in the following states: California, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Hawaii, Illinois, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, Oregon, Pennsylvania, and Washington.

Please note that laws that pertain to device usage change frequently, so please check your local and state laws to determine the legality of using a hidden video device and/or recording speech to record the activities of others.

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