Using hidden CCTV cameras in the workplace
Written by T.Jackson
Disclaimer: The following is not legal advice, it is our opinion, formed over many years in the electronic surveillance business and having consulted various legal professionals for advice along the way.
In a previous article I wrote about the legalities of electronic surveillance for the purpose of intercepting and monitoring communications and what the law has to say about it.
Covert CCTV cameras are not generally seen as devices for intercepting or monitoring communications and, as such, the law has little, if anything, to say about them.
With the rather obvious exception of invading the privacy of change rooms and bathrooms, CCTV cameras can be placed all around the workplace quite freely, regardless of whether they’re hidden or out in the open.
Top drawer equipment has become incredibly small, as can be seen in the photo above, making it very difficult to find.
This type of equipment can be set to record only when there is movement within the camera’s field of view and can be left unattended for weeks at a time before the memory card needs to be retrieved so that the footage can be viewed on a PC.
Other equipment variants allow the recorder to be accessed wirelessly from a remote location, making it possible to view activity without having to return the location of the camera.
Some systems are designed to be installed in a vehicle and these provide for up to four cameras as well as GPS tracking and remote viewing.
These systems are used to great effect in gathering information on illegal activities such as theft from unoccupied offices, stockrooms, high-value goods cages, delivery trucks and the like.
You won’t find this type of equipment being supplied by your mainstream CCTV suppliers, however, who are geared towards supplying and installing standard products in standard ways. You will need the resources and skills of a specialist supplier and installer who is able to cope with having to customise equipment and installation methods for each different installation and situation to ensure it is well hidden while still providing a good view of the target area.