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So you think you need to use covert surveillance cameras in a particular situation.
10 Make an effort to understand the task ahead. Take time to plan the operation carefully, and formulate a complete strategy.
9 Using the Cone of Containment approach, decide on the ideal camera location, then work out the most appropriate concealement.
8 Act responsibly at all times, with particular regard to the wider issue of an individuals Civil Liberties.
7 Make sure that the available power supply is appropriate for the equipment being used, and that it's working 24 hours a day.
6 If using C or CS mount pinhole lenses, try and make the viewing hole irregular, and keep the material as thin as possible.
5 Where a single hole has been made for viewing, try and place a few more holes at irregular intervals, so as to deflect suspicion.
4 Wherever possible, try and stick to copper cable transmission. Wireless is really useful, but the results can be unpredictable.
3 If practical, always try and locate the camera as far away from the target as possible. This greatly reduces the risk of detection.
2 Make absolutely certain that no direct, stray or reflected light can be seen twinkling on the hidden lens front optic.
1 DO NOT TELL ANYONE WHAT YOU ARE DOING ...... unless you absolutely have to - the fewer people who know, the better!
As Co-veillance is such a specialised discipline, it is important to keep sight of the objectives, and plan for any eventualities.
For Doktor Jon, some of the most successful and satisfying covert CCTV operations have been the ones that confirm an individuals innocence, rather than their own graphic demonstration of guilt!
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