UK law allows people to use hidden/covert cameras in their own home to keep an eye on guests/family,  in offices or other workplaces to monitor employees, to ensure safety of a vulnerable person (such as children or the elderly) and the obvious use of cameras on personal or business property for security purposes.

Cameras can be purchased already camouflaged, often built into everyday items such as clocks or PIRs. These items can be left in an appropriate place and shouldn’t cause suspicion. The most important things to consider are:

  • Does this item look normal within the context of the room?
  • You’ll need to make sure that the camera doesn’t look out of place. Try and fit the camera to the room. For example – a covert clock camera looks totally normal on a bedside table and many items can be put on a bookshelf

    Bookshelves can be used to hide many types of covert cameras

  • Will I capture everything I need on the recording?
  • This may take some trial and error as you’ll need to make sure the camera is facing what you need to capture. However, the item that the camera is hidden in shouldn't be at an awkward angle making it look out of place. Usually covert cameras come with a wide-angle lens to capture as much as possible so you should be able to strike a balance.

These pre-built cameras come with all kinds of features to suit your needs, such as motion-detection recording, a long battery life so that you don’t need to plug anything into the wall, night vision and Wi-Fi connectivity so you can view live and recorded footage anywhere.

Alternatively you may choose to hide a bullet or board camera yourself, either by building it into an object to place in the room or my hiding the camera somewhere discrete. Common hiding places include bookshelves, potted plants or light fixtures.

House-plants provide a lot of cover to hide a camera

If you have any questions or comments, you can leave them in in the comments section below or call us on 01949 836 990 or check out our range of Covert Cameras to see what fits your needs

It is illegal under UK law to deploy covert cameras in areas where individuals would have an expectation of privacy, such as bathrooms, changing rooms and locker rooms, or plant a hidden camera in someone else’s home, or an area someone else owns.



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Joe Marshall