The term "nanny cam" has become synonymous with hidden cameras. These cameras provide very little real preventative security for homes and businesses but can provide a very credible tool for identifying perpetrators of harm within the home when used properly. These cameras are appropriately named however for their function as a method of keeping an eye on those who are keeping their eyes on your children.
For home use, the ability to watch over nannies and caretakers is one of the best reasons to make this sort of investment. One thing you should remember when selecting your camera is that in some states it isn't legal to record speech without the knowledge of the person in question. You should consult with the laws in your state before making the purchase (the retailer where you purchase your nanny cam should be able to inform you of this legality).
These cameras do have a security purpose that is often overlooked by the rather secretive nature of them and that purpose would be to keep a watchful eye on your children even when you cannot be in the room with them. This allows mom or dad to prepare dinner, pay a few bills, or even take a much-needed coffee break without feeling as though she or he should be in the room with baby. Children can be monitored from a distance allowing them to build important problem solving and self-entertaining skills while allowing you the peace of mind that comes with knowing what is going on.
Another thing to remember when installing a nanny cam in your home is that not only will it record the nanny and your children but it can also be used in order to record the housekeeper and keep an eye out for potential theft that is taking place. It is sad that we live in a world in which we should be suspicious of everyone and yet that is exactly the world in which we live. A nanny cam can make your family feel much safer and better protected just because there is always someone watching over them. In the horrible event that something goes wrong there will at least be a witness.
Small businesses also greatly benefit from the use of 'nanny cams' in order to identify potential thieves in their employ. Most small business owners are well aware that the vast majority of thefts are actually inside jobs. By placing a hidden camera in the stock room and above the cash register much of the theft within the store or business can be easily identified and quickly handled. Small businesses can use nanny cam not only as security against employee theft but also as a tool against the theft of merchandise by patrons.
Once again the laws of the state should be followed. If you live in a state that requires the knowledge of employees in order to obtain voice recordings then select monitoring equipment that is video only. At this point in time video surveillance is allowable without informing those being recorded in all 50 states. If you are attempting to implement tighter security efforts in your home or your business, you may want to consider the benefit of adding a nanny cam to your security arsenal. You never know just how much peace of mind merely having the camera will provide.