Wednesday, May 1, 2013
Smile you're on camera!
With the role that security cameras had in the investigation and arrest of a suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings we see how much of our lives are now on camera. With almost everyone carrying a camera on their phone and the sophistication and miniaturization of security cameras you can probably assume that at any large event you might be on camera.
For years now we have become used to the red light and speed cameras that have been used by the County to crack down on running red lights and speeding cars around schools. Having been caught by the speed cameras (but never in HoCo) I can attest to their effectiveness.
This week I saw another way that security cameras are being used. We are familiar with the ceiling cameras in stores but I was surprised to see how they are being used at the Home Depot.
While shopping for some plastic piping I was surprised to see not only a camera but a screen that showed I was being watched.
Apparently this type of item is often shoplifted. Note that seeing oneself on the screen isn't enough warning but the bottom of the screen is telling you that you are being recorded.
I did notice a Home Depot employee looking at me as I took the pictures of the recording device. Not sure if he would have believed me if I would have told him that it was for a blog I was doing. But I do carry cards with me for my blog.
Posted by duanestclair at 5:44 AM