There are a few ways that someone can install camera surveillance and motion detection systems in their homes without anyone knowing or seeing them if they are not already aware of them.
Camera systems are already so small these days that even the “normal” camera is sometimes hard to spot, and if you take the extra steps to actually actively hide these systems, there’s almost no way they’d be spotted by someone who doesn’t “in the knowledge”. There are a few main types of cameras available to the public at a reasonable price that can be hidden.
The best of these, to make it short and sweet, are cameras that can be concealed as part of your home’s structure, as opposed to cameras disguised as objects. First of all, cameras built into the structure of your home can be slightly larger and provide higher quality images. This can be helpful if you actually need to use the footage for some reason.
Cameras that mimic objects are often unreliable, and all of them still use battery power, so you’ll never know if they actually caught the crime on tape. Always use cameras that are connected to your home’s power grid. Pinhole or ball cameras (or “finger cameras”) are the best way. They have an extremely small ‘footprint’ and although these cost more than the average camera, they can take pictures just as good as a dome camera and can be hidden anywhere – how about next to that halogen spotlight in the ceiling? Or just below – hey, what about inside – that vent in the corner?
With footprints small enough to go unnoticed even if you’re staring straight at them, there’s literally no limit to where you can put a camera that nobody sees. Just make sure the camera sees them. Adjusting the viewing angle is sometimes tricky with covert systems, and the adage that you should measure twice and cut once definitely applies – it’s kind of a giveaway when you have three or four holes in the ceiling around the one that holds up actually the camera.
A good hidden camera system will cost you a little more than a traditional system, but it can be well worth it in the long run. They’re less prone to sabotage — how can you disable a camera if you can’t find it — and because they’re unobtrusive, you can place more of them in strategic places around the home without being bothered by less-than-flattering installations that sticking out and hanging down everywhere. One final consideration – most people only choose video surveillance… have you thought about audio? Microphones have been small for years – only your imagination can limit what you could do with them.
Remember to always inform your insurance company when installing security measures in your home! Your premiums can drop significantly!