Pros & Cons of ‘Nanny Cams’

There’s nothing more important than being able to provide the safest environment for your family as possible. When used effectively and in the right way, alarms and cameras are a great way to enhance when you are able to see and better protect what you can’t.

The idea of a ‘Nanny cam’ is something which has a lot of potential, but isn’t without it’s challenges as well.

‘Nanny cams are specialized cameras designed to look like some mundane household item. For practically any conceivable object, there is likely a covert camera counterpart. Smoke alarms, clocks, electrical outlet air fresheners and stereo speakers are typical examples. They have several advantages, but there are also a few downsides to relying on this kind of security.

The best advantage is the camera’s service as a pair of surrogate eyeballs, keeping tabs on whether a caregiver is abusive or neglectful. There are nanny cams that serve this purpose in a variety of ways and for practically any situation. If you want to be able to watch video live from a remote location, there are cameras that can make that happen. If you want to record what is happening for evidence purposes, there are those that store footage onto removable secure digital (SD) cards. Cameras exist for any budget, yet even inexpensive ones can be rich in features.
Nanny cams aren’t free of disadvantages, however. For one thing, most of them aren’t cheap. Inexpensive ones can be found, even decent ones, but most cost hundreds of dollars. Also, they may not be terribly effective. For example, unless you can observe your entire home, abusive activities may be occurring in some other location. Experienced caregivers are aware of the existence of covert cameras and the many forms they may take, especially common ones such as clocks. They may discover the camera right away and quit because of a lack of trust. Or, if they are predatory and also savvy about cameras, they may find some way to render the camera useless. Yet another disadvantage to spy cameras is that they can be damaged or inadvertently rendered ineffective.’ (Charles R. Hooper,

Whether you decide to use a Nanny cam in your home or not, it’s important to take the necessary steps toward protecting your family at all costs. At Henderson Security your Ottawa security professional, we can help you keep your loved effectively protected. Contact us to learn more.