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Hiding Indoor Security Cameras

We all know that the presence of surveillance cameras can influence behavior, which is why we use them for security for homes and businesses. Although having them installed in plain sight can be helpful, concealing their presence can also prove to be beneficial.

Careful consideration goes into installing hidden cameras both indoors and outdoors. When installing these cameras outdoors, there are various discreet locations from which you may choose. However, hiding security cameras indoors may be a bit more challenging. Here are some tips to help you properly hide your indoor security cameras.

  • Wireless Security Cameras

Wires can be hard to hide as they must run along the walls. Instead, choose wireless cameras that can be controlled remotely and may use an electrical source or batteries.

  • Location, Location, Location

Choosing the right location is key when it comes to hiding your cameras. You want your security camera to go unnoticed, but you also want to get the proper angle and viewing field to capture valuable footage. Seek out areas that often go overlooked and are more crowded and busy than clean and spacious.

  • Size Matters

Because you are trying to conceal them, you want to choose cameras that are smaller than usual, but still posses the qualities and features you require. Small, compact, and wireless security cameras are ideal.

  • Heavy-Duty Adhesive Strips

Once you have chosen a compact security camera, rather than mounting it (which draws attention), use heavy-duty adhesive strips. Your camera may come with its own adhesive strips, but if not, you want to invest in the appropriate strips that can carry the weight of your camera (using additional strips may help reinforce it). But remember, if your camera works on a swivel & rotate mechanism, it may be mandatory to mount it to the wall.

  • Check Connectivity

Before settling on a location for your camera, you want to test the connectivity in that area. Do not ignore connectivity issues as these may indicate that your camera is not within range to receive the appropriate signals from the main hub. These issues will compromise the effectiveness of your camera, thus, you should find a new location that is within range.

In addition, if you will be installing multiple security cameras within your home, be sure to focus on one at a time. Install and test one camera at a time so that if problems arise, you can address them immediately.

When purchasing security cameras, it is important to evaluate the technical details and specifications of the different cameras and how they suit individual needs. If you have any questions or need assistance, we are happy to help – visit SecurityCamExpert.com or call 888-203-6294. You may also connect with us on Facebook, Google+, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Pinterest.

Hidden Spy Cameras

Before, spy cameras, like the ones seen in the movies, were merely pipe dreams. The ones that were available never really lived up to the expectation. Fortunately, technology improved over time and hidden cameras became more accessible to everyone.

Thanks to the Internet of Things, Wi-Fi enabled hidden cameras and DVRs are affordable and being used more frequently. You can use these wireless hidden cameras to keep an eye on your children, watch your home while you’re on vacation, or even monitor your business remotely. Hidden spy cameras can be monitored via an app or specialized software that you may access from your smartphone or tablet.

By employing wireless hidden cameras, you can discreetly keep an eye on things. Also, they are less susceptible to tampering as they cannot be easily detected. While visible CCTV surveillance cameras are meant to deter people from wrongdoings, hidden cameras are intended to catch people in the act.

Most hidden cameras are wireless to remain inconspicuous, however, not all are truly wireless.  Some are battery powered, while others may need to be prudently plugged in or attached to the electrical system in some way.

What usually confuses people when they see the term “wireless” is that it more commonly refers to the Wi-Fi connection, meaning you don’t have to connect it to any sort of landline or Ethernet cable. Most of these cameras come with their own software and must be configured to your network. IT may sound complicated, but it is no more difficult than connecting any other device to the Internet. However, some spy cameras require that users have an adequate working knowledge of IoT technology to operate them.

Before installing a hidden camera, be sure to review the laws regarding hidden cameras, surveillance, and recording.

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How To Utilize Your Security Cameras

Aside from keeping your home safe from intruders, security cameras can serve many different purposes. Here are some clever and smart ways you can utilize your surveillance system.

Security Cameras & Floodlights
While there are security cameras with night vision and infrared LED lights, sometimes clarity and resolution is compromised in these settings. If you’re monitoring outdoors, consider installing floodlights to keep your surroundings illuminated. Floodlights with built-in motion sensors can help you save energy and startle whoever may be lurking in the dark. Consider installing these near doors or windows, patios, and backyards.

Wireless Security Cameras
Going wireless allows you to monitor places in your home that are off limits to your children, and can even allow you to keep an eye on your pets while you’re away. So long as there is Wi-Fi connection nearby, they cameras should be able to operate.

Baby Monitor
If you’re already using security cameras within your home, there’s no need to invest in a separate baby monitor. You can use a security camera, or a web cam, to monitor your toddlers while they sleep. Depending on your equipment, you may also be able to speak and soothe your child through the camera.

Peace Of Mind
If you have teens, you can make sure that they arrived home safely after school and are on their best behavior. If you have elderly parents that live on their own, remote access to their home security camera can alert you when something is wrong. Some systems even allow two-way audio so you can communicate with your family without picking up the phone.

Doorbell Cameras
There are devices on the market now that integrate a security camera with your doorbell. That way, whether you’re home or not, you can see who is at your door and communicate with visitors. This can be helpful if you have received a package, but no one is home to accept it. You can ask the delivery person to set it aside in an inconspicuous area.

The Unknown
You never know what you’ll catch with your security cameras. Whether it is the cause of a strange noise or an unfamiliar, suspicious-looking car from your outdoor cameras, or simply the culprit who is always leaving the food out, you can get to the bottom of some mysteries.

Nanny Cams
As one of the first mainstream home security cameras, nanny cams can be rather helpful. Whether you are wary of your nanny or other visitors in your home, you can use nanny cams to put your mind at ease. These cameras are often hidden in ordinary objects such as clocks, smoke alarms, teddy bears, etc., making them hard to distinguish.

Smart Homes
Lastly, your security cameras can be incorporated into your overall smart home system. IFTTT (If This Then That) service is a free service that allows different smart home devices to connect and “talk” to each other. Some examples of what you can program include having your lights turn on whenever motion is detected in that room, or only having your cameras record when you are not at home.

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Hidden Security Cameras Track Student Attendance

The importance of class attendance in relation to good grades was likely questioned and tested during college years (maybe even during high school for some). Whatever your excuse, there has likely been a time when your skipped a class. Some professors take attendance, whether verbally, through sign in sheets, or through their own method. Others simply go by the honor system, or leave attendance up to you. Regardless of your presence or absence, how would you feel about attendance being taken via hidden security cameras?

At Harvard, students’ attendance was tracked via hidden security cameras, without the professors’ or students’ knowledge. Hidden cameras were placed in lecture halls to take photos, which were later analyzed. Students were not positively identified; rather the amount of occupied seats was compared to enrollment numbers. Immediately after analyzing, photos were destroyed. Despite the fact that the experiment was submitted to a review board before being carried out, students and professors were still unhappy when the news surfaced. Moving forward, the undergraduate’s Dean’s office will be involved when approving studies conducted on campus.

Had the students been informed, do you think this would influence students to attend class, thus producing inaccurate or misleading numbers? We would love for you to share your opinions with us and your peers respectfully – find us on Facebook, Google+, Twitter and Pinterest.

When you consider using hidden security cameras, like nanny cams or spy cameras, please be sure to research your local laws regarding video and audio recording. Hidden security cameras are generally not allowed in areas with an expectation of privacy, such as restrooms, bedrooms, or dressing rooms. It is your responsibility to use these cameras legally and lawfully.

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How Much Do Home Security Surveillance Cameras Cost?

Shopping on a budget for a security camera system? It doesn’t have to be that hard. Let SecurityCamExpert.com help you find smart solutions without breaking the bank.

Our selection of security cameras includes a variety of different styles with varying specifications. We carry security cameras starting as low as $20-$60 and reaching up to $250-$400 depending on specifications. You can pay for better quality and features, or you can get good quality for a decent price. It all depends on how much you can or are willing to spend.

For the most basic security system solutions, you can opt for dummy cameras. Our dummy cameras don’t exceed $30 so you can build a pseudo security system for cheap. Check out this SecurityMan Dummy Indoor Camera, it has a convincing look for a reasonable price.

If you want a functioning security system, dome security cameras and bullet security cameras are common types and low in price. Ours range from $40-$175, all dependent upon picture resolution, special features like night vision or audio components. Still, a great camera can be found for a cost-effective price. Our box cameras hover around the same range, but also require a separate purchase of camera lenses, which can add to overall cost.

As we move up the price ladder, our specialty security cameras like HD-SDI, high resolution, network IP and PTZ (pan/tilt/zoom) start around $100 and go up from there. It should be understood that you are paying more for performance and abilities. These cameras offer much better picture and allow you to better manipulate your viewing range. License plate capture cameras have magnificent zoom abilities along with solid resolution, so they can start north of $200.

While SecurityCamExpert.com offers individual security cameras, we also offer great packaged deals which can significantly assist those on a tight budget. Our camera packages include the basics: DVR (with & without hard drives), cameras, cables and power supplies. Our 4 camera packages range from $249 up to $549, while our 8 camera packages range from $329 up to $567. Our 16 camera packages range from $836-915, but we also offer wireless camera bundles that start as low as $139 and up. Our 4 camera IP/hybrid camera package starts at $399 and you can add more cameras or accessories from there. You can explore our packages options here.

Shop our inventory online and you’ll find security cameras or systems that fit within your budget. Would you rather get a quote based on your needs? Fill out our Free CCTV System Quote and work with our staff to create a security system within your means. Feel free to call us at 1-888-203-6294 with any questions you may have.

Hidden Cameras on Dairy Farms

Everyone and everything deserves to be treated humanely. Hidden cameras can catch unjust treatment in places such as dairy farms. Animal rights activists and dairy and meat eaters alike would be appalled to find that animals are enduring extreme abuse at the hands of merciless workers.

A dairy farm in Wisconsin is under investigation after allegations of animal abuse, with hidden camera footage as hard evidence to support its claims. The graphic recordings show workers beating, stabbing, and dragging the cows, which the farm firmly states is not part of normal practice. The nature in which these workers are berating and battering these innocent animals may make you sick to the stomach.

With the blatant proof of abuse captured by hidden cameras, the farm in question has fired two workers and another is suspended from working with the animals. Large companies who have done business with this farm in the past have decided to cut ties since the story broke.

Without the hidden cameras, knowledge of this abuse would have never surfaced. It is impossible to know how long this may have been going on or if other farm workers are participating in animal abuse. Animal rights activists may take comfort if all farms used hidden cameras to monitor their workers, but it is clear better regulation is necessary.

Bottom line, abuse is abuse, whether the victim is a child, an elder, a spouse or an animal. Implementation of hidden cameras can provide telltale evidence of violence, cruelty and criminal acts. The way to prevent this is to have strict guidelines and follow-up on proper execution of rules and care. Other farms may want to install hidden cameras now to keep an eye on their workers and avoid poor publicity which will negatively affect their businesses.

Hidden cameras can be beneficial in various settings. They can help catch acts that may normally be overlooked. Browse our selection of hidden cameras at SecurityCamExpert.com. If you have any questions or concerns, contact us toll-free at 1-888-203-6294.

Stop Elder Abuse With Hidden Security Cameras

Abuse is an ongoing problem and awareness is an important measure to prevent it from happening. Child abuse is always on the radar and on people’s minds, thus nanny cams have gained popularity. But often overlooked are the elderly who can become just as vulnerable with declining health and increased risk for dementia. Nanny cams can be just as helpful with your elders and their caregivers.

Commonly, the help of caregivers are enlisted within the home, so nanny cams and hidden cameras can be extremely beneficial, monitoring activity when you cannot be there. The elderly may also be placed in convalescent homes or assisted living communities. These facilities may or may not utilize security cameras, so it is best to inquire and do extensive research beforehand.

Elder abuse can take various forms, whether it is physical, verbal, emotional or financial abuse or neglect. They can be exploited, berated, or forced to sit in filth because they cannot help themselves.  We fight to keep our children safe but we must also protect our parents and elders.

Our best measure to prevent elder abuse is to catch it early. If you have an in-home caregiver, do a thorough background check. Strategic, covert placement of nanny cams or hidden cameras around the house can help to catch any wrong doing. It is also important to watch for warning signs such as a change in mood or affect, or signs of physical trauma in the form of bruises or bed sores. Listen to what they have to say and take note of body language, especially around the suspected abuser.

Another factor to consider is that the abuser is often a family member. Be wary of the warning signs as well as suspicious behaviors. Nanny cams and hidden cameras can show you how the caregivers act while you’re away and will subside or prove any suspicions you may have.

With the footage from the nanny cams or hidden cameras, you can build a case against the abuser and be sure that justice is served. With children and elders alike, we want to protect them from harm and nanny cams or hidden cameras can help to provide a sense of safety.

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Protect Your Children With A Wall Clock Nanny Cam

An ordinary wall clock is an ingenious disguise for nanny cams. Functioning as a normal clock, a wall clock hidden camera is perfect since wall clocks are such a commonplace item in any room. With its convenient features, the SecurityMan Wall Clock Hidden Camera can help you monitor your home or small business.

Whether you are suspicious about your nanny or your kids, employing a wall clock nanny cam enables you to observe any activity when you’re not around. The SecurityMan Wall Clock Hidden Camera is an ideal candidate if you’re shopping for nanny cams or hidden cameras. This wall clock nanny cam captures color video, combats wireless interference, and is easy to install. The installation of this wall clock nanny cam involves minimal work – simply mount the wall clock nanny cam in the desired location and connect to a power supply. The clock itself takes AA batteries, but the camera requires an AC power adapter. Next, in relation to the wall clock nanny cam, the wireless receiver should be no further than 330ft in open space, or 100ft indoors. Maintaining a clear line of sight will aid in better wireless transmission, providing a more efficient wall clock hidden camera. The wireless receiver needs to be connected to a monitor for live, high quality color feed and you’re set! You can add a micro SD card for added recording memory (up to 32GB; not included). Additional receivers may be added so you can monitor from another room, however, additional wall clock nanny cams are not supported.

The benefits of hidden cameras and nanny cams can be quite significant. Have you noticed things missing in your home? Curious about what your kids do while you’re away? Nanny cams can capture all that activity and more, giving you hard evidence of theft or misbehavior. There have been far too many instances of child abuse and neglect with baby-sitters. Employing nanny cams could possibly prevent the abuse or catch it early before the repercussions worsen. If you even have the slightest suspicion, installing nanny cams is the easiest way to help keep your children safe so you can feel at ease.

Without costing an arm and a leg, the SecurityMan Wall Clock Hidden Camera can give you a sense of security. Wall clock nanny cams are perfect for hidden surveillance since people would rarely question the presence of a clock in a room. As technology advances, hidden cameras and nanny cams can be implanted in the most unassuming, mundane objects. Check out the SecurityMan Wall Clock Hidden Camera at SecurityCamExpert.com and find more options for nanny cams. If you have any questions regarding nanny cams or security cameras in general, call us at 1-888-203-6294.

The Different Types Of Hidden Security Cameras

Hidden cameras can be a controversial topic; benefits and drawbacks can be argued on both sides. The thought of hidden cameras can be a bit scary and intrusive. But on the other hand, proper use of hidden cameras can save lives or bring criminals to justice. Some cameras are not so “hidden” as in the case of convenience stores using the mirror camera. Doubling as a way to keep an eye on the store front, these hidden mirror cameras can catch valuable footage. Depending on your location, there may be specific laws regarding video footage. It is important to look into these laws before employing hidden cameras or security cameras in general.

Installing a hidden camera in your home can be useful for the worried parent or homeowner. It’s natural to be protective of your belongings and your family, and hidden cameras allow you to keep a close watch on your possession discreetly. If you’re suspicious about your nanny, whether you are concerned about theft or neglect, you can install a nanny-cam.  These have grown in popularity over the years. If you suspect dishonesty or irresponsibility with your children, you can find out what they really do while you’re away. Also, if you travel often, you can rest at ease knowing you can remotely check in on your home.

The best hidden cameras are those that offer dual functionality, meaning, aside from functioning as a camera, they also work as whatever the camera is being disguised as. For example, a hidden camera wall clock – proper placement can provide a wide range of vision as well as serving as a simple wall clock. In addition, most hidden cameras come with a USB plug or RCA video output. That enables an easy connection to your computer for playback and storage. Most hidden cameras are fairly easy to install, but something to keep in mind is the power source. Using an AC powered camera would be ideal since battery powered devices are subject to altered performance when battery life is low. However, the placement and type of hidden camera may dictate the type of power source needed. It’s best to consider your options before committing to a certain hidden camera.

Other things to consider with hidden cameras are legal issues. Using a hidden camera in your own home is generally authorized. However, it is important to look into your state’s specific laws, if any. In the home, bedrooms and bathrooms may be off limits due to the “reasonable expectation of privacy” as noted in the Fourth Amendment. As far as hidden cameras in the workplace, firm laws have not been set, but small business owners usually disclose information regarding use of video surveillance. Larger businesses usually work with the union to establish their own rules regarding video recording. If you are concerned about this in the workplace, speak to your supervisor or manager.

When used appropriately, hidden cameras can be quite beneficial. It is advisable that state and local laws regarding video recording be researched before installation. Shop our selection of hidden security cameras at SecurityCamExpert.com or give us a call at 1-888-203-6294.

Features Of A Pen Hidden Camera

Ever wish you could record video or capture pictures without getting caught? The Cobra Digital DPS030 4GB Digital Camera Pen may be the product for you. Disguised as a functioning ballpoint pen, this hidden spy camera is completely unassuming.

The Cobra Digital DPS030 4GB Digital Camera Pen has a 4GB internal memory and can record up to 2 hours with a full charge. The videos are AVI files with a 640×480 resolution, while the pictures are JPEG format with a 1280×1024 resolution. Capture candid moments in the office or on the go without anyone catching on. An added bonus – the pen actually works!

The Power/Capture button is located at the top of the pen, where it would normally click. The camera lens is located near the clip and the light indicator is on the opposite side. You may unscrew the pen to reveal a USB which you can plug directly into your computer to upload files. This enables you to clear the internal memory as necessary.

With a rechargeable battery and plug-and-play capability through your computer, the Cobra Digital DPS030 4GB Digital Camera Pen is a convenient and inconspicuous hidden camera. For its small size, it produces quality picture and video. Whatever your surveillance need, Cobra Digital DPS030 4GB Digital Camera Pen can be an inexpensive, handy alternative.

Visit us at SecurityCamExpert.com to learn more about this product, or other hidden camera options. If you have any questions, give us a call at 1-888-203-6294.

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