Hidden surveillance cameras have become very popular means of securing both
homes and businesses. Advancements in covert video surveillance technology have
made these devices very effective and virtually undetectable. Their widespread
use however, has greatly increased the potential for misuse of this technology.
In the business world, the unethical and potentially illegal use of a covert
camera device can cost a company thousands of dollars or more.
On a personal level, individuals can suffer greatly when their personal
privacy rights are violated. Inevitably, the question must be asked, is there
anything that can be done to prevent or lessen the improper use of hidden video
cameras? For purposes of this article, we will seek to answer this question from
a businesses perspective.
Perhaps the single most effective way for a company to uncover the improper
use of hidden camera devices is to implement covert surveillance cameras
themselves. As a business owner, you have the right and the duty to protect your
company, your clients, your investors, and your employees from the improper use
of your corporate data. One of the only ways to detect corporate espionage is to
monitor for suspicious activity. This can be done with a well-implemented covert
video surveillance system.
The following are a few things to consider when implementing a covert
surveillance security plan for your business.
- Be sure to follow the specific laws governing covert surveillance for
your state -- Every state has different laws governing the use of covert
surveillance cameras. You will need to determine the exact laws governing your
state before you move forward with the installation and use of any covert
surveillance equipment. Doing so will protect your business from any potential
- Take necessary steps to publish security policies and procedures --
This may seem like a counter productive step. If you let everyone know what your
corporate security surveillance plans, they will realize they are being
monitored. This step however is very important for two reasons. First, properly
declaring the use of covert surveillance cameras will help protect you from
frivolous lawsuits involving invasion of privacy claims. Second, if individuals
are well aware of the fact that your business utilizes covert surveillance, they
may be less likely to carryout their ill intentions.
- Carefully assess security needs and develop a comprehensive surveillance
plan -- In order to get the most effective use out of any video surveillance
equipment you install, you need to carefully access your security needs and
potential risks to design your surveillance plan accordingly. The number and
placement of any covert video cameras, monitoring methods, and camera features
are all dependent on the specific needs of your business. A little extra time
taken during the assessment phase will ensure that your business is getting the
optimal protection it can obtain from the use of surveillance technology.
Corporate espionage and intellectual property theft can take a huge toll on
your business. Implementing a covert surveillance system is just one element of
a complete security plan to protect your business against the huge potential
losses. The benefits you will achieve from a well-implemented system will be
well worth your time and effort.