There are few things more intriguing than the word spy. There’s probably an image of James Bond that comes to mind the instant you say it, sipping on martinis and figuring out how he’s going to tackle his next conquest. But chances are, your spy camera isn’t going to turn you into James Bond. It can be a useful tool for many homeowners of course (while also giving them the illusion of being an international superstar.) But in the end, it’s a little less glamorous than driving 6-figure cars and hanging out with the rich and famous. But these aren’t the only misconceptions when it comes to home security spy cameras, so you may want to learn a few more things before setting one up.

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Why You Should Get One 

A home security spy camera is meant to help you stop criminals or providers  who may be more familiar with home security equipment than you are. They see your security camera out in the open, and they instantly work out a way to disable the camera so they can do their jobs in peace. It also means that you don’t have to deal with how to turn your security camera into the latest new look for your home. (After all, it’s not exactly French Country.) Finally, it doesn’t make people uncomfortable because they don’t know they’re being watched. They don’t have to constantly check the camera, knowing that every move they make is being recorded.

Why You Shouldn’t Get One 

Spy security cameras may violate federal or state privacy laws, which can end up being a nightmare for a homeowner who’s just trying to keep their home safe. People are entitled to private conversations and acts, which is why they’re expressly forbidden in places like bathrooms and bedrooms. But even the rules about privacy get fairly murky. It would be relatively easy to argue in front of a judge that a backyard is a place where people should be able to enjoy some privacy too. In other words, if a criminal approaches the home from the backyard and doesn’t see the security camera, then you may be able to detect and stop them in their tracks. But if a dinner guest shares one too many details over cocktail parties out by the pool, then they may be able to claim they felt as though their privacy was violated.

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Formal Legalities and More

All 50 states allow spy cameras in some form or another because they can legitimately either stop crime or limit the amount of crime that may have occurred in the home. In other words, tt would be less easy for a nanny to argue that they deserve privacy while they’re taking care of someone else’s child. There are 15 states though that don’t allow you to record someone’s speech without their express permission. Those states are:

  • California
  • Connecticut
  • Delaware
  • Florida
  • Hawaii
  • Illinois
  • Louisiana
  • Maryland
  • Massachusetts
  • Montana
  • Nevada
  • New Hampshire
  • Oregon
  • Pennsylvania
  • Washington

No matter why you want a security spy camera, it’s important to keep in mind what you’re allowed to do and what might be a gray area. If you have any other questions about how best to use one, give Protect America a call today. It’s our goal to give you all of the equipment that you need to get the peace of mind you deserve. There are a lot of things out there that may not always initially appear to pose a threat. Request a free quote so you can get total security whenever you need it.