cereal box hidden cameraGPS trackers, hidden cameras, and surveillance systems are part of the day-to-day for us here at BrickHouse Security; but they never stop being a source of entertainment, mainly because of the coterie of criminals, animals and bizarre paranormal phenomena that are continually captured. Here’s a rundown of some of the latest and greatest cases.

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wows2-smWhen Martin Scorsese’s people called last year and asked me to set them up with one of our teddy bear nanny cams for the legendary director’s latest project, I was intrigued. I was even more intrigued when I saw the final cut of the film, which opened on Christmas Day.

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Melissa Medema guilty 3At the beginning of 2013, we were contacted via Facebook by Whitney Matney, an Arkansas mom who had just endured the horror of catching her babysitter abusing her daughter on hidden camera. Now 9 months later, a verdict has been handed down. What follows is Whitney’s personal account of the conviction, trial and sentencing, and her feelings on the outcome – in her own words. Also included is footage of the abuse (warning: disturbing images):

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Left: Whitney Matney - Right: Diana Valentin

Left: Whitney Matney on the Ricki Lake Show
Right: Diana Valentin on ABC News, New York

If you’ve ever visited us on Facebook, you’ve probably seen our customers’ posts describing how our products helped them right a wrong, protect their loved ones or gather crucial information. But sometimes, BrickHouse solutions serve as a catalyst for real change. We’re proud to share the stories of two everyday heroes who, after uncovering wrongdoing, took steps to make the world a safer place.

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Whitney-dWe were thrilled to find the headline above posted on our Facebook wall by Arkansas mom Whitney Matney. It’s stories like Whitney’s that remind us why we got into the security business in the first place.

The young law student used a BrickHouse nanny cam to catch an allegedly abusive babysitter in the act and bring her to justice.

Whitney and her family recently appeared on the Ricki Lake Show to share their story.

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It seems like every conversation I’ve had lately with customers interested in nanny cams eventually gets around to our teddy bear camera. When people hear the phrase “nanny cam” they automatically start thinking about teddy bears. Sure, the logic makes complete sense: Kids room = teddy bear. Teddy bear camera = great nanny cam. But in reality, a stuffed animal is not the best place to plant a hidden camera.

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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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