COVERT VIDEO IS A TRUE CRIME STOPPER and it increasingly is meeting the needs of countless applications in public service, business operations and in the home uses. Its many uses range from "nanny cams" to hidden cameras used in retail businesses to nabbing shoplifters; for corporate businesses which need to keep a covert "eye" on employees, to working with police officers going undercover.
TECH TIPS By Jake Lahmann Applications for Covert Video COVERT VIDEO IS A TRUE CRIME STOP- times, businesses are on high alert against fraud. PER and it increasingly is meeting the needs of Covert cameras have been a tremendous asset countless applications in public service, business in these situations, as they can prove definitively operations and in the home uses. Its many uses that an accident did not happen the way in which range from “nanny cams” to hidden cameras the claimant said it happened. used in retail businesses to nabbing shoplifters; for • Robbery – We’ve all seen videos on the eve- corporate businesses which need to keep a covert ning news that show how traditional CCTV does “eye” on employees, to working with police officers little to deter criminals robbing a business. Un- going undercover. Here are some possible applica- fortunately, criminals have learned to hide their tions and talking points for covert video technol- faces from cameras or to wear a shirt with a ogy, which continues to find interest from the end hood. The solution in at-risk businesses is a well- user and others as they find new ways to deploy placed pinhole camera which looks directly up at the technology. the criminal’s face. Because it’s covert, the crimi- nal doesn’t know to look away. Law Enforcement Law enforcement was the earliest adopter of co- In the Home vert video decades ago. Covert video can provide • Burglary – According to FBI statistics, 87 evidence for rock solid cases that rarely go to court percent of all burglaries go unsolved. Covert and has also been the most useful tool for keeping video can change these numbers. Burglars will undercover officers out of harm’s way. It is used in do their best to destroy traditional cameras, cut almost every facet of law enforcement operations cables, spray paint lenses, simply avoid them or from drug enforcement to white-collar crime in- wear a hooded shirt. However, they’ll never see vestigations and interrogations. Now covert video a well hidden covert camera as it captures their is being adapted to patrol activities as a way to cap- image for identification purposes. The Supercircuits ture events in their undisturbed state, and to pro- • Domestic Concerns – Many individuals have line of covert
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