Busted By A Hidden Camera
There are certain circumstances where it is difficult, if not impossible, to catch somebody doing something they shouldn’t be doing. That is where hidden cameras come in. They literally enable you to be in two places at one time.
Hidden cameras “are tiny pinhole cameras placed inside common everyday objects that people are used to seeing around the home, office or business. Most spy cameras these days have motion activated DVRs inside to record activity. Some models have capabilities which allow you to monitor what the camera sees from your smartphone.”
Our article entitled ‘Is There A Hidden Spy Camera In Your Future?’ gives valuable insights as to some of the many uses of spy cameras.
In this article, we will share with you some examples of how hidden cameras can catch a variety of illegal acts when no one is around.
Hidden cameras became well known in such TV shows as Candid Camera which went back to August 1948 and the current ABC show on Friday nights called “What Would You Do?” that both employ hidden cameras for entertainment value. Over the years, nearly 100 television shows have run on the premise that hidden cameras can provide entertainment value catching people doing things they shouldn’t be doing.
In this first YouTube video employing a smoke detector hidden camera over a cash register, you see an employee robbing the store’s cash register. He later got busted because of the hidden camera video. This particular smoke detector hidden camera features motion activated recording and remote control operation. It is a fully functioning smoke detector but employs an 8 GB SD card to record video.
In another example, parents asked a neighbor to watch their child while they went to work. They had previously placed hidden cameras inside their home. It’s a good thing they did because the hidden camera catches child abuse. The babysitter was arrested after the homeowners/parents showed the video to police. There is nothing more compelling than video evidence of a crime being committed.
In another example, 17 nursing home employees were charged with neglect after hidden cameras recorded a shocking pattern of neglect of a 56-year-old Huntington’s disease patient. To make matters worse the staff falsified records-yet another crime.
In Illinois, Atty. Gen. Lisa Madigan has heard horror stories about abuse of nursing home residents. Now she is drafting legislation that will likely be introduced in 2015 that will allow Illinois nursing home residents and their families to place cameras in their rooms to protect them.
“If the measure is approved, Illinois would join at least four other states—New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas, and Washington—that have laws or regulations allowing residents to maintain cameras in their rooms. In Maryland, cameras can be placed in a resident’s room, but only if the facility permits them, according to state guidelines.”
And in New York, an investigation of nursing home abuse by Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman led to the arrest of two employees of the Erie County Medical Center Skilled Nursing Facility in Buffalo, following an investigation into their treatment of a nursing home resident. The investigation relied on hidden cameras placed in the facility by Schneiderman’s office.
The Atty. Gen. noted that “Nursing home residents are among our state’s most vulnerable citizens, and the neglect that the victim in this case suffered is reprehensible.” He went on to say that he will use every tool at his disposal including hidden cameras to protect the elderly. In this particular case, the victim was suffering from Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. The perpetrators then allegedly falsified documents to conceal their neglect.
This story from the Daily Mail out of the United Kingdom talks about the Care Quality Commission or CQC, a government watchdog group intended to help the public prevent elder abuse. The commission is going to give guidance later on this month explaining how to undertake covert surveillance in nursing homes.
The story goes on to document three or four cases specifically where hidden cameras were used to catch elder abuse. One case involved a caregiver that was jailed four months after he was caught abusing a 79-year-old dementia patient. A hidden camera was installed by her son.
In our article published earlier this year entitled ‘The Prevalence Of Elder Abuse In Nursing Homes’ a study was cited that showed that one out of every three nursing homes had violated some form of federal regulation.
“In another study of 2000 interviews of nursing home residents, 44% said that they had been abused in some way.” But nobody knows for sure because the estimates of elder abuse are much much lower than actual cases because the process to detect them is deeply flawed and the victims often cannot remember what happened due to dementia or Alzheimer’s disease.
And in this video story from ABC news in Florida, the burglar was caught on hidden camera wandering around a home looking for items to steal. BUSTED! The video enabled police to identify and capture the burglar.
These are just some examples of how hidden cameras can work for both homeowners for their home security, to protect their assets at their business or to help protect loved ones in long-term care facilities or nursing homes.
As of this writing, we have 162 Hidden Spy Cameras in our store making it the largest selection of spy cameras on the Internet. They come in all shapes and sizes with varying capabilities and in every price range. When you need some help solving a problem, a hidden spy camera may be the answer and may be the only way that you can catch wrongdoing in the act with evidence so strong that it will stand up in court.
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