DIY Spy Tools
In the past, if you wanted to know what your spouse, girlfriend, boyfriend, or business partner was up to when you weren't around usually your only option was to hire a private investigator to monitor their every move and record any suspicious activity through the use of sophisticated surveillance equipment. This was and still is a very costly service that can quickly empty your wallet, and your bank account. Even if the information obtained is of little help to you the client, or even worse, useless.
These days who needs a private investigator? Do it yourself surveillance equipment has been around for quite awhile now and just the same as other niche markets the price for these products continue to drop as time goes by making it more affordable than ever to be your own private detective.
What used to be an activity only practiced by the FBI, the CIA, and other law enforcement agencies has now become a vital tool for fighting profit-loss due to customer/employee theft for many companies and small business owners. The use of surveillance equipment in the private sector has also gained interest, especially among the working class where child abuse and infidelity suspicions can be easily confirmed or dismissed through the use of hidden cameras.
The product choices are endless and there are several different ways to monitor any person, place, or thing your heart desires should the need arise. Who, what, when, where, why, and for how long can now be viewed in glorious living color (or b & w if you prefer) and in real-time while the recorded information is simultaneously being stored for retrieval at a later date if you so desire.
The equipment needed to capture and record any type of activity at anytime now only cost a fraction of what it used to! The price of becoming your own surveillance specialist will depend solely on the quality, number, and type of cameras you choose to use and the means by which they store the recorded data.
Hidden cameras, also called spy cams or nanny cams, can be placed inside something as small as a shirt button and can even be built into everyday working consumer electronics items including, but not limited to, video cassette recorders, DVD players, alarm clocks, and portable radios.
Some models even come with a built-in digital video recorder (much like the ones used to capture video on a digital camera but with longer run times) and can run for up to 12 hours using a self-contained rechargeable battery pack.
You literally put the hidden camera where you want it, plug it in, point it in the direction you want to film and press record on the included remote control. When your ready to view what your camera has recorded you can either hook the camera up to a TV or computer monitor with the included RCA cable or remove the SD card and insert it into the SD card reader on your computer or an external SD card reader.
You can even monitor your home or business while away from any PC or cell phone (high speed Internet connection required) using specialized software that can remotely access your security/surveillance system from any location.
If you've ever setup a satellite television receiver, configured a home computer network, or simply upgraded your existing entertainment system to home theater, you can learn how to install your own cctv security system.
There are a number of reasons why someone would be interested in purchasing surveillance equipment and there are many situations where the equipment is a vital and necessary tool for accomplishing the task at hand. However, most (if not all) states have laws and/or limitations in place regarding the use of surveillance equipment, so know the rules and remember that it is ultimately the users and/or purchasers responsibility to ascertain the legality of its use before engaging in this type of activity.