Hidden Cameras

The Best Portable Hidden Surveillance Cameras

Monday, November 29th, 2010

With all of the new miniaturization technology coming out in the last few years we have had an increase in the availability of portable hidden surveillance cameras. These days you can get a camera into just about anything which makes finding the right camera for your needs much easier than ever before.

Due to Federal regulations, hidden cameras that can be permanently installed are not permitted to record audio because of the possibility of many different types of abuse. But thankfully this doesn’t apply when it comes to portable hidden surveillance cameras which are allowed to record audio as well as video.

As mentioned earlier, there are numerous types of portable hidden surveillance cameras and the following list only covers a small portion but it will at least give you a good idea of some of your current options.

Spy Camera Video Watch – Just like it sounds, this is a wrist watch that has a built in color camera, microphone and DVR. The watch itself is fully functional and looks very stylish so you can wear it all the time if you choose to do so which is a key benefit of this particular portable hidden surveillance camera. Since you can wear it all the time should you need to record video and audio at any time you will have it there handy and ready to use!

Digital Camera Spy Pen – This is a fully functional ball point pen that has a built in color camera, microphone and DVR. You can carry this device in your pocket or even set it down on a table while you record the audio and video you wanted to catch. Because it is a working pen, you can use it all the time and keep it with you for any time you may need either a pen or to record something.

Spy Camera Sunglasses – These are very modern looking polarized sunglasses with a built in color camera, microphone and flash memory that can record both audio and video without anyone knowing. The camera shoots out the top of the sunglasses frame allowing you to capture video for whatever direction you are facing. To double the memory you can simply add a 4 gigabyte micro SD card using the included slot. It even has a built in MP-3 player so you can enjoy your music when not using it to record audio and video.

Any of the portable hidden surveillance cameras listed above would be great for capturing whatever audio or video you need recorded. Best of all they are all inexpensive in comparison to larger, stationary hidden cameras.

Stay safe,

The Judge


How to use a Wireless Outdoor Security Camera to protect your home

Wednesday, August 18th, 2010

The addition of a good Wireless Outdoor Security Camera can be a very inexpensive yet effective way to help protect your home from criminals. Unless there is some compelling reason for them to risk the added trouble of dealing with your security setup they will just pick an easier target.

At the very least, should some criminal either not notice or disregard your security camera you will hopefully have all the evidence the police will need to track down and prosecute the crook.

You have a few options when choosing your Wireless Outdoor Security Camera and one of the main things you will want to decide is whether you want the camera hidden or not. It makes a big difference in where you would want to install the camera as well as the effect it will have on criminals.

Remember that if it is hidden it will only really be useful for gathering evidence against the criminal unless you display placards that cameras are in use and at that point you may as well have used visible security cameras.

One of the best hidden wireless outdoor security cameras you will find is the Spotlight Hidden Camera. It is a motion activated spotlight with built in camera and DVR so there is no need to worry about buying a separate recording device.

Since it is a super bright spotlight with 80 LED lights it can easily light up the area to ensure you get a really good video of the criminals face as he is startled by the light. It has a view range of around 90 feet so you can see them from a distance should they not run off.

The Spotlight Hidden Camera is one of the easiest wireless outdoor security cameras you can use. After you install it where you need to protect you simply check the video whenever you want by removing the SD card.

You then can place that SD card into any card reader to review the video as well as transport the information to the authorities so they can use it in their investigation and prosecution.

For a standard Wireless Outdoor Security Camera you will need to have some type of recording device. The wireless receiver is attached to your recording device so it can feed in the signal coming from the camera.

As far as motion activation, generally it is controlled by the recording device you are using and not the camera itself. The camera is always sending a signal and motion activation just determines whether it is recorded or not.

You want to be sure any standard Wireless Outdoor Security Camera you may decide to install is weatherproof and infrared capable. It is usually a good idea to install these types of cameras in a visible area that has a good view of the area to protect.

Remember another benefit to this type of camera is the deterrent effect it can have by being visible. Most criminals prefer the path of least resistance and since there are no guarantees you can only hope to lower your odds by making things more difficult that it is worth to some two bit criminal to rob you.

Stay Safe,

The Judge


How to use a Hidden Camera Detector

Sunday, July 25th, 2010

The need to worry about hidden cameras has increased over the years because the technology is now so readily available and widely used. You can buy a camera hidden in just about anything these days, from books to watches and everything in between. They are getting more difficult to recognize even up close and this is where a good Hidden Camera Detector can make all the difference.

Hidden Camera Detector technology has improved over time just like cameras so you can easily protect yourself from having your privacy invaded. This should be something you think about whenever you use a public restroom, changing or locker room since a video of that event could wind up on the internet being viewed by thousands of perverts for years to come.

Hidden cameras can be wired, wireless or even self recording. This means that whichever Hidden Camera Detector you choose needs to be able to detect all three if you want maximum protection.

Wireless cameras are the easiest to detect because of their RF or Radio Frequency. This is a signal that the wireless camera gives off the entire time it is powered on. Your Hidden Camera Detector should easily alert you to the presence of the RF signals and then you just need to either leave or if you want proof, narrow down the location. This can be done by the use of the signal strength meter on your Hidden Camera Detector. The closer you get to the source, the stronger the signal.

Wired and self recording hidden cameras do not give off RF signals like the wireless cameras so they are a bit tougher to locate. This is where the eyepiece of your Hidden Camera Detector comes into play.

You simply look through the specially made eyepiece and any video camera lenses within a few feet will flash red so you will know exactly where they are located. At that point you can contact the authorities and put a stop to their bad behavior.

Out of the 3 types of hidden cameras, the wired and self recording models are most likely the types of camera you will run into in public settings. Wireless cameras are best suited for situations where you are not able to run a wire and are usually used in private homes.

This is the reason you would be best served by purchasing a Hidden Camera Detector that can handle all 3 types of cameras so you are ensured the maximum protection when out in public.

Stay safe!

The Judge
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How to drop the odds of your home being burglarized

Monday, April 5th, 2010

With the tough economic times we live in right now, more folks are turning to crime and this can lead to a rise in residential home burglaries. Thankfully, there are some economical ways to help bring down your likelihood of falling victim to this brand of crime.

  • Whenever you park your car in your driveway or in the street be sure the windows are rolled all the way up, the doors are locked and you hide any items you leave in your car. The less items you leave out in plain sight the less the temptation to break into your vehicle. If you keep your garage door opener in your car be sure it is secured. Most people don’t lock their garage door entrance into the house so if someone gets your garage door opener they can come right into your home.
  • Employ motion activated lights on all sides of your house to ensure that a criminal cannot use the dark to hide as he attempts to break into your home.
  • Keep bushes trimmed short and slender so that no one can hide
    behind them and use them as cover for a break in or attack. Do not make it simple for a criminal to use your landscaping against you.
  • Install Dummy Surveillance Cameras in extremely visible locations. They are virtually indistinguishable from actual surveillance cameras and are very effective and inexpensive to acquire. They will absolutely give the illusion that you have a full size surveillance system in place.
  • Get “bump proof” deadbolts for all of your outside entrance doors. Bumping a lock is a method that involves making a special key that can be placed in any vulnerable lock and subsequently tapped on the end to unlock the deadbolt in a matter of seconds. If the lock doesn’t say it is bump proof than it means it is most likely vulnerable to this type of access.
  • Employ an inexpensive alarm system like the Voice Alert Alarm
    System. You can setup sensors inside vulnerable areas, including your driveway, and be alerted by voice should something trigger the sensor. Best of all, you will know precisely where the trespass is originating from as you can record your own message for each zone.

With just a small amount of effort on your part you can greatly lower your probability of falling victim to a home burglary without spending a fortune on elaborate alarm systems. Bear in mind common sense also goes a long way to increasing your safety so use your head.

Stay safe!

The Judge


Using a Rearview Mirror Hidden Camera Can Prevent a Car Crash

Wednesday, October 14th, 2009

No matter what kind of vehicle you drive, there are still blind spots that prevent you from seeing what you need to see in order to prevent a car crash. Many car crashes could have been prevented over the years if only today’s technology had been available. Now that it is available in the form of a rearview mirror hidden camera, you can feel more secure when driving. The use of a hidden camera attached to your rear-view mirror will give you better vision for what is coming up around you and aid in preventing an accident.

Since even today’s newer cars have blind spots, the option to add camera surveillance in the form of a hidden camera aids in better vehicle security and safety. It is a safety precaution we all need in today’s world. Now that you know how a rear-view mirror hidden camera can benefit you in preventing an accident, we will cover how it works and the product features.

This particular hidden camera attaches to your rear-view mirror and has front and rear color cameras along with built in DVR functions as well as audio.

The following is an overview of the features available on the rear-view mirror hidden camera.
• Built-in Color Camera – Featuring digital technology that is compatible with an SD card (8 MB card included but accepts up to 16 MB card) all contained in this small 1/4 inch color camera.

• Rotation and Recording – This tiny color camera rotates 330 degrees and allows for recording via built-in DVR. The rotation includes interior and exterior views so you can see inside and outside of your car with no blind spots.

• External Wireless Camera – Included with this is a wireless camera that can be mounted in the rear dash or to an area on the outside of your vehicle.

• Easy to Read LCD Monitor – The monitor is a 3.6 inch LCD Thin Film Transistor style that plays or replays activity on your rear-view mirror. You can switch from external to front camera options with the touch of a button.

• Battery – This also includes a convenient built-in rechargeable battery that you can charge through your cigarette lighter or a USB option for your computer. This is completely portable and easy to use.

This rear-view mirror hidden camera is truly the most revolutionary way to provide yourself with more effective vehicle safety and peace of mind. You can get more information on this amazing piece of vehicle safety equipment and even see videos of it in action online.

Be Safe!

Judge


How to use your PC to record Hidden Camera Video

Wednesday, October 14th, 2009

There are two easy ways to use your PC for recording video from hidden and professional cameras as well.

The first way is to use an IP camera. They are extremely versatile devices that can connect to either your DVR, PC or right into your existing network using an Ethernet/CAT5 cable.

Most IP cameras come with software that you install on your PC or DVR to allow you to view the recorded video as well as to adjust any available features the camera may have.

If you also have your home network connected to the internet. You can generally use the software for the IP camera to create a secure web-page that can been seen only by you across the internet.

This means that you can access either real-time or recorded video from the IP camera across the internet from any PC in the world. This is very useful if you are away from and want to keep an eye on, things at home.

The second way to use your PC to record video is by using an USB DVR. These devices are generally small and are connected to an open USB port on your PC.

Most USB DVR’s come with software that you install on your PC to allow it to record video and for you to view that video live and recorded video across the internet, not unlike the IP camera.

One limitation to the USB DVR is that most only allow 4 cameras maximum to be installed at any time and if your needs require more, this may not be the right option for you.

IP cameras generally allow up to 16 cameras to be installed and are generally a better fit for those with larger needs.

So depending on how many camera you would like installed, either of these two options will allow you to use your PC record the video coming from your hidden or not, camera.

Be Safe!

Judge


The main differences between a wired and wireless hidden camera

Wednesday, October 14th, 2009

As their names imply, wired hidden cameras need to have a wire connected between it and its’ recording device; while wireless hidden cameras do not use a wire to send their data but instead it sends it right through the air to a receiver.

There are pros and cons for both wired and wireless hidden cameras. For instance, with wired cameras you must run a wire all the way from the camera to whatever device you may be using for recording which can severely limit your options on where you can place these devices.

A con for the wireless camera is that they are susceptible to interference from other devices and they also have distance limitations but they are small in comparison to wired cameras.

For most decent wireless hidden cameras the range is generally 1500 feet or more, line of sight. Line of sight means that everything in between the camera and the receiver diminishes the signal, shortening the distance.

As far as operation and quality goes, there is generally no major difference in operation and as long as the signal is strong, no difference in quality either.

So as you can now see, the only real difference between the wired and wireless hidden camera is how they send their video signals and how they are installed.

It makes deciding between the two, much easier. With a wireless hidden camera, you simply place the camera where you want it. Supply it power by either battery pack or electricity and plug the receiver into your recording device.

With a wired hidden camera, you place the camera in the location you want it. You then connect the cable to the hidden camera and run it to the recording device. There is no need to worry about power because most wired hidden cameras utilize a Siamese cable to carry video and supply power.

Your main job with a wired hidden camera is to find a way to run the cable from the camera, all the way to the recording device and have it not be noticeable by others.

Be Safe!

Judge


How you can check to see if your landlord has hidden cameras in your new apartment

Wednesday, October 14th, 2009

Protecting your privacy from a potentially nosey or just plain perverted landlord, is more of a worry today than it has been in past years due to the volume of options and availability of hidden cameras. Hidden cameras disguised as every day items are the best known but hidden camera can also come in the form of pinhole cameras.

When you first move into your new apartment, rented room or home you need to do a thorough walk through and pay attention to all of the little things. This is especially true if the place comes fully or even partially furnished.

When you do your initial inspection you need to check the following very carefully:
• Air vets for the air conditioning and heat.
• Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors.
• Any mirrors, paintings or wall decorations you don’t install yourself.
• Corners of each room, check the ceiling for small holes this also goes for the walls to any adjoining apartments.
• Check the bathroom carefully paying close attention to the shower and toilet areas

What you are looking for are wires that appear out of place and seem to go no where, and small holes that make no sense. If you turn out the lights and get it pitch black in your place you can look for lights in odd places.

Most cameras come with some type of power on light that can much more easily be seen in the pitch dark through careful examination. As I mentioned before you need to pay close attention as you do your inspection.

The bad thing about apartments and rented houses are that the landlord can come in under false pretenses and install cameras at any time after you move in. So you may also want to consider buying a bug detector.

Bug detectors can let you find any wireless cameras or microphones. Best of all you can occasionally sweep your living area to be sure nothing gets slipped in after your initial inspection.

Another bonus to getting a bug detector is that it can be used to ensure your privacy in dressing rooms and public bathrooms as well. We have all seen the news stories of perverts placing cameras in these public places and you don’t want to fall victim.

A little prevention can save you a lot of heart ache down the road.

Be Safe!

The Judge


Call me a sexist but I never have been a fan of the “manny”

Friday, July 17th, 2009

Maybe it is the fact that most sexual predators are men or that I just could never see myself doing it but the whole manny thing is a bit creepy to me.

It is different if you plan on being there the whole time and he is there more for support than to be alone for long periods of time with your children. But other than that, you may want to re-think that idea.

Take for example 23 year old Donald Shepherd, who was just arrested for molesting a 10 year old boy he was babysitting. The police believe there may be more victims because he sought jobs all over the US that would put him alone with kids.

This is one sick little puppy you can see him here and read the entire story here

Whether it is a man or a woman, be sure you know WHO is alone with your children. A little diligence on your part can save your child from a lifetime of scars.

Don’t forget nanny cams, they can be a life saver.

Stay safe and keep your eyes open!

The Judge


The hidden camera – good or bad?

Friday, April 6th, 2007

I have said this before and will again, no matter what we do criminals will find ways to use good items for bad uses. The real question is do the pros outweigh the cons?

Yes sickos have hidden cameras in public bathrooms and changing rooms, but hidden cameras have also been used to catch abusive babysitters, thieving maintenance men and many criminals.

I would have to say as far as I am concerned the hidden camera is a good thing. I lived in apartments for years until I bought a home and this was before the advent of hidden cameras. I used to swear people were in my home when I wasn’t there but couldn’t prove it.

I remember taking toothpicks and other items and placing in a place that would be easily disturbed and then see if someone was there when I wasn’t. I would always forget when i came through the door so it was useless.

But one day I came home sick in the middle of the day and there he was, the most disgusting of all the maintenance guys was on my couch watching TV and eating my FOOD!!

I was livid and raised holy hell because now I was sure I was right all along which meant that this lowlife was enjoying my things when I wasn’t home for over a year!

If I ever had to live in an apartment today you can damn sure bet I would have a hidden camera setup to make sure I knew what was gong on when I was not home. This is just one of the MANY things that got me into the self defense and surveillance equipment business.

Another very necessary use is childcare; if you have someone, even someone you “trust”, watching you children in your own home and you don’t have a hidden camera setup you are tempting fate. The worst part is that the kids are the ones to suffer.

Don’t be fooled into to trusting anyone with your children, know exactly what goes on in you home when your not there. It is your duty as a parent to protect your kids and leaving them helpless at the mercy of someone else isn’t right.

Buy and use a hidden camera and review the footage to look for anything out of the ordinary. I would bet that any parent who has had the unbelievable misfortune of having their child injured or molested by a caretaker wouldn’t hesitate to put up a camera now.

It isn’t invasion of privacy; when someone is in your home, watching your kids, it is your right to know what is going on. The fact they don’t know doesn’t figure into the equation.

If they are in your home, other than the bathroom, there is no privacy for them.

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