In 2007, British nanny Louise Woodward was accused of murder after a camera, hidden by her employers, captured her shaking the couple's baby to death. Since then, the hidden "nanny cam" has come into more common use among suspicious parents seeking video evidence of what their nannies are doing when they're not home. Nanny surveillance cameras can be disguised as a variety of household items, and there are many on the market.
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The most commonly used idea for hiding nanny surveillance cameras is inside a stuffed animal. There are several of these cameras on the market, of varying price and quality, so it makes sense to do your homework and shop around. As an example, 4 Hidden Spy Cameras offers its wireless Nanny Cam Teddy Bear Spy Camera System, which includes a 2.4 GHz transmitter, Sony camera and antenna, all concealed within a fluffy stuffed animal. As of early 2011, the sale price for the black-and-white version was £194, while the colour camera sold for £226.
A less expensive but no less effective option is a motion-activated nanny cam hidden in a working alarm clock. One such item, retailing during the same time period for £71.40, is the Zetronix zClock-1000. What appears to be a small digital alarm clock conceals a high-resolution video camera with 32G of memory. When unplugged, the clock/camera has up to 15 hours of battery life, and features a motion-activated video trigger. The fully functioning clock has all the features of a typical alarm clock.
Another clever idea is to hide a hidden camera inside an electrical socket (actually, an outlet expander that plugs into a wall outlet). Unlike the digital clock, the outlet doesn't actually work, making its discovery by the nanny more likely. One such product is the Supreme Defense Electrical Outlet Hidden Camera, which features an 8G capacity and can store about eight hours of recording at high quality. Like the alarm clock, the outlet camera has a motion-detection mode. However, at £214.40 (as of early 2011), the price is significantly higher.
There are numerous other items in which a camera can be hidden. A company called Secure Nanny Cam offers an array of cameras disguised as a variety of different household objects. These are quite cleverly concealed inside such objects as a circular wall clock, a functioning clock radio, a carbon monoxide detector, an air freshener that plugs into an electrical socket, a framed mirror that can be hung on a wall and a motion detector.
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