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The global market for smart home surveillance cameras will exceed $9.7 billion by 2023. The growing interest in video doorbells has a lot to do with that. More homeowners are utilizing smart home technology to increase security.
Gone are the days of needing to rely on expensive home security services for protecting your property. In fact, spy gear presents an even more effective solution to theft, home invasions, and fraud. Why give criminals the chance to evade or neutralize your surveillance?
Here are a few examples of how spy technology leads the way in property protection.
Hidden cameras are often used by business surveillance systems. Hidden cameras are also used for capturing great candid moments. They are also great for private investigation, whether it be suspicion of cheating or theft.
Technology has long passed the realm of affordable hidden cameras that are undetectable to most. Spy pens, clocks, watches, sunglasses, and smoke detectors are all easy to find and offer HD/UHD video capabilities. You can access them from anywhere via WiFi connection.
There’s plenty more about exciting advancements of spy gear. For now, let’s look at some popular and effective hidden cameras.
Every car has a USB charger these days. This is the ultimate inconspicuous hidden camera for recording inside the car. As small as this device may seem, you can easily get 1080p footage out of it.
Hidden camera chargers function as they normally would, too. That allows the owner to keep it there without any risk of tampering. Use this surveillance to always have footage of potential theft.
Document the movements of persons who borrow your car.
Become James Bond with your own hidden camera pen. A spy pen will look and feel just like a premium ballpoint pen. The internals contains a lightweight flash drive and actual ink.
You can find models that place the camera at the very top of the clicker or the side. Hidden camera lenses are so small and low profile, they will blend into any glossy frame. Plus, the pen is such an unassuming instrument, very few would ever suspect it.
The beauty of using your smartphone case as a hidden camera is that you can have two angles covered. If you’re really trying to surveil a meeting or wide area, this is a great strategy.
Hidden cameras can fit nicely in a battery case. The added bulk provides just enough space to fit the lens into a port. This is usually going to be the headphone jack port, as it is the least used.
Leave your phone in a room, face-up, directed at your subject, and no one will be the wiser.
Outside of hidden cameras, another important spy tool is a GPS tracker. Stick one of these on the bottom of your car and track it on your phone. This is a favorite among businesses who own a fleet of vehicles.
GPS trackers these days can last for months at a time on a rechargeable battery. Taking a few small security measures like this can greatly reduce losses and theft.
If you’re someone who is paranoid about hidden cameras in places you stay, fear not. You can purchase a hidden camera detection wand to scan buildings. No matter how small they are, you can pick them up.
These devices work by cleverly beaming LED arrays to pick up reflections. If you’re serious about your privacy, use a detector for hotels, Air BnB, or new apartments.
You can also buy a detector that searches for any hidden lines of communication. A bug detector looks for any surveillance hardware signals. Detect hidden spy cameras, audio devices, and GPS trackers with one device.
This type of device is recommended for high-profile businessmen, travelers, or anyone suspicious of their landlord. You could use this in tandem with the hidden camera detector or as a 1st pass before purchasing one.
Installing computer “spyware” is a common and effective way to deter business fraud. It’s also a great way to investigate unauthorized behavior on family computers. Some surveillance software will even allow you to dig deep into a computer’s files without detection.
Use it to record keystrokes, emails, chats, as well as video captures of the screen. These programs can run silently in the background and bypass any virus software.
Similar to the PC software, you can also purchase mobile apps that do the same thing. These types of spyware are popular among lovers who want proof of infidelity. Mobile software can be used to track everything that is typed, text message history, pictures, location, and phone usage.
The log of activity is then uploaded periodically to an archive that is accessible anywhere.
Remember, this type of evidence is not something you can use in court. Only use it for satisfying curiosity or employee security and nothing else.
As you can see, spy gear is no longer fictional or top-secret access. Anyone can log on and shop for the smallest of spy props/appliances/electronics. What you decide to use it for should be carefully considered.
Will having a bird’s eye view of what your spouse, employee, or friend is doing help you? Is your curiosity just that or is it a matter of your wealth or security? Spy gear can be used for fun, but don’t abuse this newfound power.
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