When most people think of Spy Cameras, they imagine a James Bond movie, where spy cameras are glamourised and used in espionage operations to save the world from a mysterious Russian villian who strokes a White cat. Or perhaps more recent examples like landlords using them to spy in Airbnb apartments.
In reality however, Spy Cameras offer unexpected advantages for the average person that most people don’t even realise. Here we list the most common, as well as some uses for Spy Cameras you may never have thought of before.
To Catch A Cheating Spouse
Catching cheating spouses is a very common use of Spy Cameras (or just spy audio devices). At Spy Cam life we know only too well how often worried lovers think about infedelity because of the number of Google searches we receive each month for this exact search.
Audio devices can be concealed in the car of the suspect, for example under the seat, as well as skillfully hidden within the home using well disguised spy cameras. This allows the suspicious partner to track and record conversations in the vehicle as well as within the house where unfaithful behavour is suspected.
Modern spy audio devices and cameras can be set to record only on movement or within specific sound thresholds, so the partner can easily review the footage / audio files.
If you’re thinking of using a Spy Camera or audio device for this purpose, you must be aware of the laws. Basically, if you own the vehicle that you are tracking it is legal – if you don’t , it’s not. Be careful!
As A Home Security System
You don’t actually need to spend large amounts of money on CCTV to protect your home from burglars. You just need to know the most common entry points and time of day when burglars strike to plan out effective countermeasures.
With a bit of know how you can intelligently deploy a full outside and inside home security solution to fully protect your home from thieves. If you want to know more, check out our guide to protecting the outside of your home from burglars, and this guide for the best spy cameras for home security.
To protect women from unwanted advances (in the workplace)
Whilst it is illegal in some states in the USA to record sound without consent, it is still possible to capture video without the other persons consent in most places in the world.
Since modern spy cameras are so well disguised, women can blend them in with their work clothes to capture unwanted advances, which can later be used as evidence to take action. Check out a typical Spy Pen Camera as an example of how a switched on professional woman might use Spy Cameras to protect herself:
A woman can use a spy pen camera to protect from unwanted advances in the workplace
In todays suspicious times, many unscrupulous and overly amourous men are no doubt well aware that such Spy Cameras exist, so they act as a powerful deterrent to making unwanted advances in the first place.
To reduce insurance costs
Did you know that Dash Cameras can reduce your car insurance costs? Neither did we until we researched the best budget dash cams.
Dash cameras are becoming increasingly popular and sophisticated all over the world, probably for this very purpose. They can also capture footage of attempted burglary or vandalism of your motor vehicle.
The key is to make sure that you configure the dash cam correctly so you don’t start recording when you go over a bumo..And to make sure that if someone keys your car (or worse), you can get a good clear visual of their face to maximise the chance bringing them to justice!
Our linked guide to the best budget dash cams will tell you everything you need to know.
To ensure quality care for elderly relatives (using a Nanny Cam)
Let’s face it, we all want the best care for our parents or grandparents, and well hidden Nanny Cameras can do the job perfectly.
Did you know that it is perfectly legal to use Nanny cameras within nursing homes to monitor the quality of care that your elderly relative receives, but you MUST have power of attorney to be sure you are on the right side of the law.
Our guide to the legality of using Nanny Cameras in nursing homes (as well as setting them up) will tell you all you need to know about this.
To track your car if it is stolen
Another advantage of spy cameras is you can use GPS car trackers to track your car in the event of theft. Modern GPS trackers can track over long distances and in some cases the battery last for over 14 days!
You just need to follow some basic pointers, like ensuring you mount the device correctly in the best place on the car to ensure you get the best performance from the GPS device.
Colin from Spy Cam Life attaching a GPS Tracker to the wheel arch of his car
If you’re considering purchasing a GPS tracker for your car, be mindful of the tradeoff between durability and stealth of the device, as well as the battery life. Our guide to the best GPS trackers for cars will point you in the right direction.
To Catch Criminals And Improve Traffic Flow
Did you know that as of 2015 there are over 20 different kinds of spy camera that are used to watch motorists all over the United Kingdom?
Admittedly, the UK has perhaps gone a little crazy with CCTV and hidden cameras and is now the most spied on country in the world, both by Government and big business.
However when used for legitimate purposes such as catching criminals, these Spy Cameras are invaluable to protect the public from all manner of criminality and traffic violations. Let’s just hope that they are used only for these purposes and not to collect private data from the citizens of the UK.
If you go to the UK you’ll see CCTV cameras everywhere you turn
Just a note : In 2015, £284 million was collected in speeding fines and funneled to the UK Government, using data collected from these ubiquitous hidden cameras. It’s up to you to decide if it’s all too much!
We hope you can see that Spy Cameras are multi purpose and can be put to a variety of unexpected uses for everyday life.
With the concept of smart homes becoming ever more popular, it’s easy to see how Spy Cameras can be integrated into an overall home security solution and managed remotely via the internet from your smartphone or PC.
Use these cameras wisely in your day to day life to protect your belongings, cars – even your career (with body worn spy cameras). Use them for peace of mind and make sure that your spouse is not cheating on you.
Always pay attention to the laws of the land when you use Spy Cameras, to make sure that you don’t invade someone’s privacy illegally by recording them without consent.
Finally, be aware that there is no turning back in countries like the UK where CCTV cameras are everywhere – so bear this in mind when out in public. You never know who might be watching!
Overall Spy Cameras are a force for good to keep us all safe and protected and there are many advantages beyond those we’ve covered in this short article.