Camera placement: What to be aware of

Many states have restrictions regarding placement of video surveillance equipment and some are stricter than others. It's important to check with your local authorities and consult a professional installation company to make sure your camera placement is legal and appropriate. There are laws specific to 13 states that are specific to the placement of hidden cameras. Utah, South Dakota, New Hampshire, Minnesota, Michigan, Maine, Kansas, Hawaii, Georgia, Delaware, California, Arkansas, and Alabama, prohibit hidden camera placement in

"Private Places."

Here's what the law states: "Installation or use of any device for photographing, observing or overhearing events or sounds in a private place without permission of those being photographed or observed." Many of these states consider unauthorized surveillance a felony and can lead to up to $2000 fine and 2 years in prison.

What is considered a "private place?"

A “private place” is one where a person may reasonably expect to be safe from unauthorized surveillance. This could include trespassing on private property for the purpose of surveillance, hidden cameras in locker rooms, bathrooms, bedrooms, hotel rooms, personal or real property without owner consent. These are general guidelines and are not an all-inclusive list of restricted applications of hidden cameras. Consult your local authorities for a complete list of those areas that are acknowledged by your individual state.

General Guidelines for camera placement

Most video and surveillance recording in the United States is legal without consent. Usually the more obvious the location of surveillance the more effective it is. Don’t shy away from making your cameras as visible as possible. If you are intending on making your cameras covert and hidden, check with your local authorities prior to making the investment and placement.

Here is a great resource to learn more about privacy rights.

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