How to Hide Surveillance Cameras

Aug 15, 2019

Hidden Security Cameras

There are two schools of thought when it comes to hiding security cameras.
  1. Don’t hide them. Keep them in plain sight to deter crimes from occurring. Thieves are less likely to target your home or office if they know cameras are recording. 
  2. Hide them. You don’t want a thief to find them and disable them. Plus, you need to know what people are up to when they think no one else is watching.
Both methods have merit, and you may choose a combination of both for their different reasons.

you are probably within your rights if you are recording video without audio

Make Sure You Know the Law

If you want to hide surveillance cameras within your home or private property, you are probably within your rights if you are recording video without audio. Recording conversations are subject to entirely different rules and generally require consent. Most states have restrictions to surveillance cameras in areas such as bathrooms, where there is a reasonable expectation of privacy.

If you want to hide surveillance cameras at a business or commercial property, you also need to check your state laws. You are not allowed to hide cameras in areas where there is a reasonable expectation of privacy, such as restrooms, dressing rooms, hotel rooms, or locker rooms.

How to Hide a Security Camera

Hiding surveillance cameras inside your child’s stuffed animals is an oldie, but goody, as well as these tried and true tips:
indoor camera hiding spots

Indoor Camera Hiding Spots

  • The foliage of a potted plant
  • On a bookshelf
  • In a box of tissues
  • In an old appliance
  • Up high in a corner or on the ceiling
  • Smoke alarms
  • Electrical outlets
  • Shiny desk accessories
  • Light switch plates
The size of your surveillance camera will make a difference as to where you can hide it. If you are hiding a surveillance camera indoors, first make sure the lens is not obstructed. Then check that you have a close power source that allows for keeping the cords out of sight. Then check that the distance and field of vision on the camera is sufficient to ensure you get clear video footage. If you choose a wireless security camera, make sure the location you want has a stable internet signal.  If you have a battery-powered camera, note approximately how long the battery will last and check it regularly to make sure it’s working.

outdoor camera hiding spots

Outdoor Camera Hiding Spots

  • In a tree or shrub
  • Under the eaves of your home
  • In a birdhouse
  • Up high on an exterior wall
  • In an exterior lamp
If you set-up a security camera outside, think about how you will protect it from the elements and how the camera will perform in various lighting conditions.

Bookshelf cameras, dome cameras, fisheye cameras, and bullet cameras are just a few of options our team can offer for designing an effective surveillance system for your home or office. Call us today and let us provide you with a free consultation. 

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