For many people, home security cameras provide peace of mind, but for others, they’re convinced that people will only behave as long as they know they’re on camera. Thus, they want to know what people are like if they don’t know they’re on camera. Before disguising cameras or placing hidden cameras, be sure to research state laws and understand that there are limits to where you can place them.
With properly placed cameras, homeowners can identify and respond promptly to potentially hazardous situations that occur while they are away. Hidden cameras can serve as visual and audio evidence in the following cases:
- A babysitter neglects the children.
- A healthcare provider mistreats an elderly patient.
- A visitor steals belongings from the home.
- An unwelcome visitor enters the premises.
- An alarm event is triggered.
Homeowners can strategically place cameras where they blend into natural surroundings. Hidden cameras are less likely to be discovered when disguised as common household items:
- Artificial plants. Place the camera in a flowerpot, and use leaves as a concealer.
- Curtain Rods. Small cameras placed higher up are less likely to be detected.
- Hollow books. Surround the disguised camera with several books on a shelf.
- Plush toys. Hide in a stuffed animal to keep tabs on your children and the babysitter.
- Tissue boxes. Covert cameras may capture footage through a small hole cut into the side of a tissue box.
Although it may be tempting to opt for hidden cameras only, having visible working cameras also helps for prevention. A thief may feel like he can come in and take whatever he likes if the entire camera system is hidden — but if he knows there are cameras on the property, he’s less likely to try his hand. A combination of visible and hidden cameras is best.