Why Should I Consider Covert Monitoring?
Covert monitoring allows you to keep a watchful eye on your children and caregivers. Hidden cameras are discrete and allow you to see what is happening in your home without anyone necessarily knowing, giving you extra peace of mind if you leave your children with a nanny or babysitter. They can also be used to keep an eye on teenagers who may sneak out or bring unwanted guests into the house.
While hiring a caregiver can give you some much needed freedom, it can also make many parents feel uneasy. It takes time to develop a strong relationship and sense of trust towards the person who cares for your children. While this is normal, it may not be convenient. If you want to be sure that everything is running smoothly in your absence, covert video security may be a solution.
Using a nannycam gives you the option of open or covert monitoring—the decision is yours. If you tell your babysitter that you have surveillance features in place, you could deter questionable behavior from ever happening in the first place. You can also monitor discretely and use recorded video as evidence in the event that you witness inappropriate childcare.
Benefits of Nannycam Video Surveillance
Be aware of everything that happens with your child after you leave. A nannycam allows you to record footage of an area or person, depending on where you set it up. Use multiple cameras to capture action in many different locations, such as the play room, nursery, and backyard. You can work, run errands, or enjoy a night out and then watch the footage of everything you missed when you get home.
Prevent Inappropriate Behavior
If you feel comfortable doing so, tell your nanny that you will be using video equipment to keep an eye on things. You can also openly display your cameras to deter bad behavior. A simple warning like this is often enough to discourage someone from acting inappropriately.
What are my Covert Monitoring Options?
There are a few different types of hidden video surveillance currently on the market.
- You can run a long feed to cover significant areas
- Provides a constant, interference free video feed
- High resolution capabilities
- Requires a direct connection
- Wires may be difficult to run and conceal
- Monitor your home, business, farm, or parking lot
- Convenience of not having to run wires.
- Easy to move the system from location to location.
- Monitoring area is limited to the transmission range of the unit.
- They still require power supply so you’ll need to use a battery or plug into an electrical outlet.
- Monitor your baby, caregiver, pool, or shed.
- You can view video footage remotely via the Internet.
- An Internet access port is needed near the system.
- Requires basic computer knowledge in order to configure remote viewing settings.
- Monitor your security system from your vacation property, office computer, or smartphone – remotely.
- If concealing a camera, make sure the lens is not blocked by any objects
- Try to blend security equipment in with other items in the room so it is not obvious that you are recording
- Know the law when it comes to covert monitoring. Generally, it is permitted within your own home, but U.S. privacy laws prohibit the use of audio equipment for recording personal conversations
- If possible, set passwords on your security unit so that people cannot access your footage without your consent
- When interviewing nanny candidates, ask them to provide a criminal clearance report and check references thoroughly. Make sure you are clear about what you want and expect when it comes to the care of your children
NOTE: There are some legal restrictions on covert monitoring, but it is generally permitted as long as you are doing so inside your own home and without audio support (listening devices).