We advise our customers on many issues when it comes to video surveillance. We help people come to decisions on issues such as whether to install megapixel or analog security cameras, how to approach their employees about having to install cameras that will be monitoring them, and more.
Covert security cameras can look like actual smoke detectors, yet contain a camera.
Another issue that comes up often is when and how to use covert video surveillance, as it can be a great complement to your existing CCTV. Or in some cases, it may be all you need to achieve your desired result.
Some of the most common uses for covert video surveillance are to monitor employees in the workplace and vendors who visit as well. Speaking of vendors (and contractors), they can be a common reason for covert video in the home.
How does it work? A fully functioning camera is embedded inside one of several objects. These can range from a clock, a pen, even an AC adaptor plug. Other very common objects to house the cameras are smoke and motion detectors.
The camera then transmits wirelessly to a receiver located on premises. The receiver then puts the footage directly onto the internet so it can be viewed live without being recorded, or it can go to a DVR first (which is what most people choose to do) so the footage can be recorded.
The rationale here is that if you’re going through the effort to install covert video, you most likely want to save whatever footage that you’re targeting as evidence, justification to terminate, etc.
You will need to configure your firewall in order to allow access for yourself via a user name and password (so it’s not just out there for anyone to see).
In terms of legal issues, please do not rely on this blog article to determine if you are legally able to record covertly either with video or audio in your state. Check with an attorney and with local authorities to be sure.
One Source’s experience in New Hampshire is that covert video surveillance can be used as long as signs are posed that indicate that CCTV is in use. However, using any video surveillance in a private place would be considered illegal.
A private place is an area where one would assume he or she would have privacy like a bathroom, locker room, dressing room, etc. and no permission would have been given to record.
Video surveillance in general (non-convert) is legal with or without consent in the U.S., except where there is an expectation of privacy.
Again, please consult with an attorney and/or the local authorities if you have any questions on the legal ramifications in your state.