The world we live today is continuously open to the spontaneous occurrence of perilous activities, malevolent doings, nefarious intentions, and unlawful practices; but thanks to the technology relevance of hidden cameras, as they seem to have reduced the alarming rate of the free will to commit crime and have changed the lackadaisical approach to which people conduct themselves or obey law and order. It is true to say that everything that has an advantage also has its inadequacy, but it is better to put it that; whatever has an advantage, its disadvantage can be worked upon if its advantage seems to be more critical for everyday living.
The installation of surveillance cameras, spying on almost everything we do is seen to affect our daily living directly or indirectly, communication is now less vocal, people prefer to meet in a more discrete place than public places that most probably will have a spy camera installed. Privacy has now become a concern with the rampant use of these spy cameras but we can’t take away its positive impact from our daily living routines, rather; we should be looking at how we can socially manage the use of these gadgets. Therefore, the point here is for us to appraise the use of these spy cameras and give recommendations about managing its negative effects.
The Positive Side of Using Hidden Cameras
So what are the benefits of surveillance cameras in public places you may ask? Let us briefly look at some of them from a layman perspective since it affects everyone in general.
Video Surveillance Improves Public Safety
Your safety can be guaranteed using a hidden camera. It helps to prevent crimes in so many cases, such that security authorities are immediately alerted before a culprit does any damage.
Crime Rate Reduced To Minimal
According to statistics, it has been observed that the use of these hidden cameras has reduced the rate of crime committed globally. With the consciousness of everyone knowing that they are been watched, people tend to be less willing in committing a crime near the location were surveillance cameras is been placed for the fear of being caught.
Public Video Surveillance Helps Catch Criminals
With the help of facial recognition, taking of clear-cut images and motion sensing that some of this hidden camera possesses, it is very much easier and chances are higher for a criminal been caught. The images usually caught on camera can be easily printed out as posters and images placed on newspapers, television, and homeland security personnel can have a sense of direction in finding their proposed criminal. Consequently, you will observe that without the aid of these hidden cameras placed in public places, it will be tremendously difficult to get a quality description of any criminal who committed a crime, even if there are eyewitnesses.
Helps Home Security in Gathering Evidence
Security officers including the FBI and other vigilante professionals have benefitted a lot from surveillance camera footage recordings such that, the images or voices recorded in conversations is used in the gathering of evidence and prosecution of suspected offenders. Thanks to some of the hidden cameras that have night vision incorporated in them, others can view wider angle ranges, and some in the form of nanny cam with audio that can record voices and conversations very clearly.
Helps Improves Convenience through Smart Monitoring Systems
With the help of hidden cameras today, many of our day-to-day systems can be remotely monitored effectively from any location. Managers or supervisors can automatically monitor employees from a connected screen from a workstation connected to covert cameras, seeing everything going on in an office or workplace, traffic offenders also can be caught on CCTV cameras placed on strategic places on street lights, in sports events, the use of these surveillance cameras has also helped in capturing details in which officials used in judging of decisions. Also in Institution of learning, some of these cameras have helped recording audio sounds for accessing the performance of instructors and little pupils in schools have also been monitored for behavioral patterns in which some parents are also using the system in monitoring their little children’s activity with the aid of a nanny cam. In hospitals and recreational environments, the use of some of these hidden cameras has gone a long way in accessing psychiatric patients in their recovery process.
“In fandom”, the use of surveillance network camera systems has helped extensively to a great extent for monitoring which at the same time booster performance.
The Negative Effects
What’s wrong with using hidden cameras in public and private places? There are few disapproving instances to the use of these gadgets, but they can be detrimental to our social lifestyle.
Exploitation in the Use of Hidden Camera
The abuse in the use of hidden cameras is vastly becoming a critical issue to look into. There have been several cases reported daily on the lackadaisical use of these gadgets, such as seen are in the cases of voyeurism where women are been captured in private enclosures like bathrooms, toilets, changing rooms, this is quite an issue that needs to be dealt with. Other cases include misuse by some dubious law enforcement officials for blackmailing.
In tackling this major problem, there should be a monitoring system that paves way for only specialized sets of people in being able to purchase hidden cameras, and also, not every store out there should be given a legal license in the sale and distribution of these devices
People No Longer Feel Safe about Their Privacy
Imagine a life that if it’s not enough that your phone is tracking you, surveillance cameras in shops and streets are tracking you. Cameras are everywhere out there, there are even sites like the “inseam” which generally people can log into and view surveillance cameras showing details of specific places like restaurants, bar and other public places from different states, city, zones. So, out of the box; it’s not a surprise when you yourself on the internet, on the news or newspaper.
However, the question should ask ourselves is; what do we do when everyone is being monitored or watched? Should we just shake our heads, and try to forget its happening, try to go on with our lives and ignore the constant worry that we’re being watched?