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Smile, You Could Be on Covert Camera

By Bruce Mandelblit   |   Friday, 20 Feb 2009 11:17 AM

Have you ever wondered whether you were being watched in your place of employment or at the shopping mall? Even if no cameras were visible, would it still be possible you were under video observation?

The astounding answer to both questions is yes.

I recently received an incredible catalog of amazing covert video cameras, some as small as about the size of a quarter. As I thumbed through the catalog, each page brought to my attention another ingeniously disguised video camera.

In this column, I will share with you some of the most convert and hidden video surveillance cameras I discovered.

Quick Security Tip: If you are interested in any type of concealed camera, be sure to check and comply with all local, state and federal laws and regulations regarding these kinds of devices.

  • Next time you are at work or shopping, perhaps you should take a second look at the water sprinkler in the ceiling. Yes, it just might be a convert video camera.

  • Are you safe in the dark? With new video technology, secret cameras may have invisible-to-the human eye infrared LEDs that allow them to “see” in many low light or no light conditions.

  • What time is it? Even that wall clock you are looking at may have a pinhole video camera watching you.

  • How’s this for tricky: That smoke detector might just be a covert video camera, too.

  • A secret video camera can be integrated into a portable, functional, AM/FM radio, as well as a clock radio.

  • Another video camera looks just like a floodlight bulb. It can be screwed into any standard light socket for immediate use.

  • Secret video cameras can be incorporated into building emergency lights and emergency exit signs.

  • Another covert picture camera hides a tiny concealed lens in the eye of a drawing of a fish. How’s that for being fishy.

  • Concealed video cameras that fit perfectly in an office environment include a camera designed to look like a speaker you might find in an acoustic drop ceiling, fully functional computer speakers that hide a video camera, and a camera can record video directly to the hard drive of the computer for later viewing.

  • A table lamp might house a high-resolution covert camera.

  • A wall thermostat may have an integrated secret camera.

  • An innocent-looking birdhouse in the yard just might contain a high-resolution color camera.

  • Tiny cameras can be hidden in cellular telephones, calculators, books, briefcases, ball caps, pagers, cigarette packs, eyeglasses, and even neckties.

    My Final Thoughts: It is amazing to see the incredible types of covert cameras on today’s market. I can just imagine, with our fast-emerging technology, the new kinds of secret video cameras that will be available in the upcoming months and years.

    So next time you see a fire sprinkler, an emergency exit sign, a smoke detector, a thermostat or even a birdhouse, be sure to take a second, or even a third look and smile; you just might be on camera!

    As Rockwell stated in his iconic 1984 song, always remember: “Somebody’s Watching Me.”

    Bruce (Mandelblit.com) is a nationally known security and safety journalist, as well as a recently retired, highly decorated reserve law enforcement officer. His e-mail address is CrimePrevention123@yahoo.com.

    This column is provided for general information purposes only. Check with your local law enforcement agency and legal professional for information specific to you and your jurisdiction.

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