Security cameras caught the craigslist killer in Boston. His friends say that he seemed normal. This brings up the question: How do you really know someone? The perceived notion of anonymity gives comfort to some and fear to others. When one can’t trust their friend or neighbor, how do we give so much trust to strangers?
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Schools have really amped up their security measures in the past ten years since the Columbine tragedy.

The surprise of the shooting left schools with the motto to never be caught off guard again. It spring boarded the child safety movement with the advance of the school safety research industry, pushing schools to lock doors , install security cameras and mass-notification call systems, and require all staff and visitors to wear ID badges.

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Camera’s are an integral part of today’s society. Whether we want to admit it or not we are always being watched from a security camera or a friend recording. This is not creating the ‘big brother’ society that people fear. Instead, we are moving to a point where life is documented as it is happening. No false histories or second hand accounts. We are able to see the world live.

Events happen in an instant and are done. Hidden cameras allow us to quickly capture these events and keep them in perpetuity. Reporters have embraced this for the search for truth in events. Events can’t be negated when documented on film.

Documentary filmmakers have also made a career of documenting ‘real life’. Some have even gone further with hidden cameras. Recently, filmmaker Rob Spence installed a prosthetic hidden camera eye in order to capture life as we really perceive it.

Now it is getting easier and easier for everyone to be their own news crew. With sites like Youtube we can show our videos to others and invite them to view what we have captured from our world. The integration of cameras everywhere has opened our sights to both the good and the ugly, but allows us to choose which we want to view and how we act in response.

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April 9 – Imagine this Florida woman’s surprise when she saw burglars climb through her doggie door to rob her place. Using real-time video surveillance, Jeanne Thomas, watched the whole thing online from her computer at work. Immediately calling the cops, these burglars were surrounded in a matter of minutes leaving them to wonder “how did we get caught?”

Thomas set up a live video stream after her home was burglarized at last October. Busted!

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Listen to the 911 call or check out the mug shots.

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judge-joe-brownA woman who is under suspicion for destroying a limo is caught on hidden camera and charged for the crime. Todd Morris, CEO of BrickHouse Security searches the limo using the hidden camera finder for snake cams searches for other hidden cameras to strengthen the case. He also demonstrates how a hidden camera neck tie can be used.

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Hidden cameras can be hidden virtually everywhere and secretly record the actions of unsuspecting parties. They can capture co-workers slacking off, perverts soliciting prostitutes, drug addicts purchasing from dealers, criminals breaking the law, or a cheating spouse, well, cheating. Perhaps the most popular use of a hidden camera is to keep a watchful eye on your babysitter. Many safety conscious parents secretly tape caretakers, sometimes with horrifying results.

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We don’t all have the luxury to be robbed by this guy. But perhaps there is something to be said about the simplicity of the criminal mind. They look to get in and out quickly. They may not even think about a security system or a hidden camera. Taking steps like these will help catch a burglar even when their mistakes aren’t as obvious. Keeping your home secure. [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-x-Ud55x6zY&w=425&h=344]

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US security experts report that industrial espionage costs businesses over $200 billion per year. Trade secrets are sold from a worker on the inside of the company to competitors for personal gains. It happens a lot more than one would think and the costs are insurmountable.

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In 2007, U.S. residents age 12 or older experienced approximately 23 million crimes, according to findings from the National Crime Victimization Survey.

— 76% (17.5 million) were property crimes
— 23% (5.2 million) were crimes of violence
— 1% (194,100) were personal thefts

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Cyber spying is no longer the work of movie fiction. Recently, a Canadian research security group has discovered a network of spies called GhostNet which were linked to government computers. It has infiltrated over 1,000 computers in more than 100 countries. These cyber spies gained information through spyware installed on computers of politicians, diplomats, and journalists. Targets included the Associated Press and the Dalai Lama.

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