There have been a rash of child abuse cases lately that have been foiled by well-positioned nanny cams. We recently ran a story about a New York babysitter caught on camera drugging an infant girl to get her to “calm down”. In the past week there have been two cases, one in Chicago and one in Columbus, Ohio, that have reiterated the importance of hidden cameras as a bulwark against abusive babysitters.

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With the advent of security cameras for business use, criminals have been looking for new ways to go undetected. Most, if not all, businesses install surveillance gear as high as possible to get a better panorama of their stores, and keep the cameras out of vandals’ reach. Ever crafty, however, criminals have found a fine way to skirt the surveillance: simply wearing hats and hooded sweatshirts.

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We offer many different types of surveillance gear here at BrickHouse, but this use of a hidden camera is one that even we didn’t expect. The video below contains an “experiment” that two California girls carried out to see just how many men checked out their bodies when they have their backs turned. The way this experiment was carried out was with a tiny camera attached to the back of a girl’s pants.
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freakaptWhile trying to find out who had been eating all his food, a NYC man set up a hidden camera in his kitchen. He was thinking that it was his girlfriend that took his food while he wasn’t around, but what he ended up finding out was much more devastating then that.

It turns out that while the man went out or went to sleep, a very strange and crazed woman was living in his house, eating his food, watching his TV and living as if it was her own apartment dwelling. When he was around in the apartment, she would hide in a storage loft/area that was pretty roomy and even set up a bit of a home of her own in there. The police say that she was there for at least a couple of weeks, and probably broke in to rob him, but ended up deciding to stay.

(Via NakedApartments)

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naked-man-011A 61-year-old woman was shocked, and perhaps a little traumatized, after discovering that a naked man had ransacked her apartment while she was out of town. The man was caught on outdoor security cameras calmly walking around naked in her house and on her patio.

According the footage from the security cameras, the man went into the back yard and used a garden hose to take a shower. After that he knocked on the front door but got no response. He then attempted to dress himself in a black garbage bag before breaking in through the back windows of the house. Once inside he decided to cook himself a meal and then had a couple of drinks. Finally the man grabbed a white sheet, wrapped himself up in the sheet, and then walked out the front door of the house. Police have made no arrest and say that they have little more than the video footage to help them.

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ESPN VideoIt has been revealed that, Michael David Barret, the now infamous peeping tom accused of spying on ESPN reporter Erin Andrews had also been making naked videos of other women. At his hearing, Assistant US Attorney Steven Grimes stated “Yes, judge, there are other women. He has used his computer to disseminate these videos to the world.”

Barret, who used cameras and self-made peep holes to spy on women, supposedly made many more videos that the police hope to find on the two computers seized from his home. Barret has been posted on bail and is under house arrest where he is wearing a GPS ankle bracelet as well as being banned from using the internet. Much like with the Andrew’s video, Barret uploaded other videos under the web-name “GOBLAZERS1.” So far, Barret has been officially charged with stalking which carries a maximum sentence of five years in prison.


UPDATE:

Michael David Barret has agreed to plead guilty to stalking Erin Andrew and could face up to 5 years in federal prison and a fine up to $250,000.

(Via The Telegraph)

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Naiz Khan, a Manhattan coffee cart operator currently under 24 hour FBI surveillance

Naiz Khan, a coffee cart operator in Manhattan, is currently under 24 hour surveillance after the FBI was able to possibly tie him to another terrorist named Najibullah Zazi. Zazi was at the center of an alleged bombing plot. Khan let Zazi stay at his home on the night of September 10th and he was also in Pakistan with Zazi at the same time. When police raided Khan’s apartment they found several suspicious black book bags and a small scale which they believed could be used to measure bomb ingredients.

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andrewsAfter months of silence, ESPN anchor Erin Andrews is finally speaking out about the nude peephole video that rocked the nation.  Refusing to give any other interviews on the topic, Andrews says that today’s interview with Oprah will be both her first and last.

Andrews was caught on hidden camera by a peeping tom snooping around her hotel room earlier in the summer. The nude videos seemed to have been taken at multiple locations and were leaked onto the Internet by an anonymous source. Both degraded and humiliated, Andrews is finally speaking out.

“It’s been a nightmare,” Erin says. “I’m ready to wake up.” She describes her feeling when she first say the video, “I opened up the computer, could hear my heart pounding, saw it for two seconds and got hysterical,” she says.

Fearing that this invasion of privacy would damage her career, she described her feelings of panic to host, Oprah Winfrey. She says she still feels panic when she’s in a hotel or her own home, feeling like she’s being videotaped. Law enforcement is trying to pinpoint where exactly the video came from, all while trying to remove every trace of the video online.

Erin says officials have told her this won’t be easy.  “I was told by law enforcement, ‘You’re just going to have to get used to the fact you’ll probably never get it all off,'” she says. “It keeps popping up.”

Although she has been a victim of the Internet, Andrews describes that she has found great comfort in the online community. Victims of similar crimes have reached out to Andrews, hoping that she will be the one to put an end to this type of stalking and abuse.

“I think it will always make me feel nervous. But I also feel it’s my duty to come out and show this person: ‘You know what? I worked hard for my career, and I got there the right way, and you’re not going to break me down,'” she says. “I also feel it’s my responsibility for these women and other victims of video voyeurism to just come out and say: ‘Look, I’m going to show my face. I’m going to get back to work. Let’s do it. You can too.'”

Undeterred, Erin Andrews says she’s looking forward to this year’s football season, covering the games from the sideline for sports mega station ESPN.

(Via Oprah)

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