Hidden Surveillance Cameras

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Hidden Surveillance Cameras
Shawn Pettis
Westwood College

Hidden Surveillance Cameras
Topic & Purpose

Hidden surveillance cameras are an important topic because time and time again, the use of hidden cameras has given us better ways to catch criminals in the act. “Did you see?” has become an obsolete question; just go to the video. Imagine waking up to an intruder in your home, getting robbed at gun point or witnessing a crime being committed. I have experienced all of these events and although I wasn’t physically hurt, I was mentally scarred. At the times of these events there were no hidden surveillance cameras being used; therefore the aforementioned criminals weren’t caught. Today hidden surveillance cameras are more common around the world than most of us realize. They can be found in bus stops, convenience stores, fast food restaurants, homes, and ATM machines on almost every continent.

Thesis Statement
Hidden surveillance cameras make surveillance easier for business owners to reduce internal theft, insure the safety of your children while in daycare, and provide security for customers using ATM machines.

Outline
I. Introduction
A. Topic and Purpose
B. Thesis Statement
II. What are the pros and cons of hidden surveillance cameras for business owners? A. Reduce internal theft
B. Keep employees honest
C. Protect safety of employees
D. Invading people’s privacy
E. Mistrust among employees
III. Hidden cameras are useful to parents that use childcare. A. Reduce the chances of child abuse
B. Eliminates the opportunity for neglect
C. Improve on safety
1. Rules/compliance
D. Mistrust among child care provider
IV. Hidden cameras at ATM’s and other public areas help reduce crime A. Protection for customers using the ATM
B. Protect the ATM
C. View other crimes in the area
D. Criminals benefit from hidden surveillance cameras
V. Conclusion

Hidden Surveillance Cameras
Hidden surveillance cameras have become a leading crime deterrent tool used for security in both homes and businesses around the world. With technology on the rise, hidden surveillance cameras can be made so small that they can be placed anywhere, allowing home owners and business owners to view wrong doings. This does create problems for some people because they feel that their privacy is being invaded (Stanely, 2013). People that use hidden surveillance cameras for more reasons than what it is intended for are committing a crime. Hidden surveillance cameras don’t prevent crime they just allow the criminals to be caught. Business owners use surveillance cameras to protect their property. They may use hidden surveillance cameras to prevent theft or to keep personnel in order. When cameras are not in plain sight, people can sometimes act in a manner that they normally wouldn’t (e.g. an employee stealing from a register or a person shoplifting). One concern that many have over the use of hidden surveillance cameras is that it can create mistrust among employees. Another concern is there is no way to tell if the placement of the cameras and the film is being used appropriately. The worst case scenarios --- such as placement in a dressing rooms or bedrooms --- are obvious (Stanely, 2013). Home owners use surveillance cameras to protect their homes from intruders, they also can use hidden surveillance cameras to view wrong doings inside the home (e.g. nannies). When cameras are not in plain sight, people can sometimes act in a manner that they normally wouldn’t. Imagine wanting to know how your child is being cared for while you’re away and to find out that your child is being abused or neglected. Imagine finding out that your child is not getting fed. For many parents the main benefit they receive from their hidden surveillance cameras is added peace of mind. They feel that technology gives them the added sense of peace that...
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