Have you considered having a home security camera hidden in your home for protection? Though in some ways controversial for most states and in most private instances it is appropriate to install hidden cameras to monitor your living areas and allow you to stay on top of things in your home. Many people don’t understand all the reasons for utilizing hidden cameras in the home, but they can actually serve many purposes and are a useful investment. We want to take time and answer some of the most common questions people have about hidden cameras to help you determine if they’re the answer for your security.
What Kind of Hidden Camera Do I Need?
This might be sort of an unfair answer, but you need whatever kind will fit the best. In other words it is essential that you do a little self-analyzing. Determine what you need to get out of your security camera. Does it need to blend into the living room or the office. Can you get a camera embedded in the décor, or perhaps something a little easier to reach like an electrical plug or a clock on the mantle. In many instances you can find a camera to match your home, or you can buy a black-box camera and disguise it to fit in your home.
While you’re at it make sure that you are using a camera that has the ability to shoot in low lighting effectively, night-vision cameras are of course prime for this. And check out their resolution, don’t settle for something that’s pixelated and difficult to even make-out. Get a camera that can save you a clear image for your reference.
How Do I Set Up a Hidden Camera?
As you’re setting things up there are a few simple considerations you should make:
- Where are you placing it? The camera should be facing the subject as directly as possible. Some cameras have a field of view that allows you to take in an entire room, others are much tighter and therefore placement will be trickier. Despite sounding obvious, make sure you’re capturing the image you want. Is the camera to high to see what you want to see? Is it so low you’re just looking at their shoes all the time?
- What kind of lighting do you need? If you’re monitoring a room in the dark then night-vision can help, but if you’re hoping to film during the day make sure you test out the system. Set up the camera with light sources behind it, if you can manage, that will keep you from recording nothing but a silhouette. Remember also that light moves through a room during the day.
- Does it have battery life? If it’s a camera connected to an outlet then this is less of a worry, but if your camera runs on a battery you’ll need to remember to check it every so often.
- Make sure you have memory: Finally make sure you have the memory you need to capture continuous footage. If you want to save room you can set up the camera with motion detection abilities. This means the camera will only start filming when someone is moving in the room.
Is It Legal?
Monitoring your home with surveillance cameras is completely legal. However using audio recording or even recording indoors can get gummy if you aren’t careful. The biggest rule is that audio is pretty much never allowed. Secondly if you have a hidden camera don’t put it in places that are considered private i.e. bathrooms or bedrooms. Even better if you’re using a camera to monitor the work of your nanny simply have them sign a paper acknowledging that you’ll be monitoring them.
Hidden cameras can help protect you from break-ins as well as help you maintain that surety that your house is running the way that is right for you.