Video surveillance around the home is one of the most effective home security measures for capturing culprits in a home invasion. It’s safe to assume however, that someone actually planning a home invasion would be on the lookout for security cameras. Some people prefer to use hidden cameras as part of their security system. There are compelling arguments both for and against hiding cameras. The activity you’d like to capture will likely be the determining factor in whether you hide your cameras.

Visible cameras and other security measures can be a deterrent to crime. With that in mind, if your primary reason for installing cameras is security, you may want to keep them visible. However, people behave differently when they know they are being recorded. So, if you want to see how your children or babysitter behave when you are not around, hiding your cameras may be the way to go.

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    Different Types of Hidden Cameras for your House

    A hidden camera won’t be much use if it’s not hidden well. If you have a teddy bear hidden camera in the living room for example, someone may question why you have a teddy bear in the living room. So before you get started with hiding cameras around the house, you should know the different types of stealthy cameras.

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    Nanny Cameras

    Nanny cams are going to be your pre-made security cameras, which are basically designed to capture your babysitter while you’re away from home. Usually, or at least when they were first becoming popular, these cameras store video onto a local storage device. Then once the babysitter leaves, you review the footage and make sure they didn’t do anything you wouldn’t approve of.

    Spy Clocks

    Spy clocks are becoming a more popular option these days. These are great because a you can put in almost any room in the house and they will fit in. That way you can have cameras in several rooms without anyone becoming suspicious. Usually these will have a wireless camera that’s triggered by motion and transmits the video over a wireless network.

    Smoke Detector Camera

    These cameras are built into a smoke detector and are intended to be used for home security rather than domestic surveillance. They have local storage on SD card versions and they have wireless versions that connect over a wireless network. If you’re really serious about capturing everything with a smoke detector camera, they have some with four cameras that can capture every angle.

    Standalone Hidden Camera

    This is a type of camera that doesn’t come pre-disguised, but is built discretely enough for you to add it to your own appliances around the house. You can pretty much find these types of cameras anywhere. Generally it just has to be small and either run on battery or have a small enough power cord that you can hide it.

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    Are Hidden Cameras for Home Legal?

    Hidden cameras for your home are legal in the U.S., but in some cases recording audio can be considered illegal. If you’re just on the lookout for trouble around the house, isn’t usually necessary. This is why hidden cameras are becoming more and more popular among parents.

    Some states are starting to learn towards requiring

    Features and Options

    There are quite a few different features to consider when you’re looking for the type of camera to get. You’ll want to consider whether you need a wireless camera, what kind of storage you prefer, and video quality. For hidden cameras, you’ll also need to consider how hideable the camera is. When thinking about these factors, you’ll want to take into account where you will be recording. If you plan on recording video in a dark room, you’ll need a camera with night vision. Also, if you want a camera with local storage, you’ll want a motion activated camera or a camera with a lot of storage.

    Security cameras with local storage

    Live Video

    If you want to watch the video live over the internet you will need an IP camera. There are a few things to know about IP cameras though before you go with this option. First, note that the setup on these types of cameras can require some technical knowledge. Second, you’ll need to make sure you wireless network can handle streaming high definition video over the network. If your network can’t handle it you may experience connectivity or image quality issues.

    To solve this issue you may want to lower the video quality or upgrade to a DOCSIS 3.0 or higher wireless modem.

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