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QUESTION: I don't know if you can help me. I sorta found your site at
random. I have a question. I have a neighbor that has what
I think is a hidden security camera. Its hidden in a floodlight.
Its a thing you really cant prove. Are there people with
equipment that could prove a person has a hidden camera?
I always wished the police could do something like that.
I really dont want to take action on anything yet. I just
want it proven. I also know people can have security cameras they
just cant have them aimed in someone's window. My question
for now is..Can an expert tell of someone has a hidden
camera? Could a policeman tell? Could a policeman stand on
my property and aim something electronic up at the floodlight
and say "ya thats a camera" (if it is one)

ANSWER: Doug,

There are no devices that can detect a hidden camera.  What makes you think that he has a camera and why is it important?  Many people have cameras and some towns and cities have cameras on every block.

Why not just ask the guy if he has a camera?  

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QUESTION: We have sort of had a feud with a neighbor for many years.
We put up a Camera to protect our driveway. We feel in
retaliation they put up "several cameras" all around their house.
We saw a news story that said. security cameras are legal
as long as they are not aimed in someone's window. One camera
they have, is aimed at our window. Our "one camera" is not aimed
at any windows they have. In terms on camera detection,
according to this on YOUTUBE..there is something that
detects cameras..

Find ANY Hidden Camera That's Watching You
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=38Qqw2dYq_c

CBS Early Show Teaches Viewers How To Protect Themselves From Hidden Cameras
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZLK6WlGGl0I

This is the cameras we believe the guy has...

http://web.archive.org/web/20080907174059/http://www.homespy.com/92_OutDoor_Moti

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Whatever you saw on television is not necessarily true.  There is no law that covers all 50 states so television producers just throw stuff like that out there because it sounds good.

In MY state there is certainly no law like that.  Now you cannot have a camera INSIDE someone's bathroom or bedroom but that is not what is happening in your case.

If you think that the law is being broken then call the police.  Perhaps it is illegal in YOUR state to aim a camera at a window.  

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If you are an author asking for help I will gladly assist you. I do expect a reasonable donation using the Paypal feature. Please do NOT ask questions about potential jail sentences that you or your friends may receive in court. court. There is no way for me to know that. Only a judge could answer a question like that. I am also NOT a probation officer or parole officer so I cannot answer questions that relate to parole or probation. Also please keep in mind that every state has different laws. If you are planning to ask a question about a specific law or criminal charge that pertains to your state only it could be difficult to answer. I also cannot give you legal advice on what to do or what not to do in court. Retired police officer with 26 years experience. Worked in the patrol division as well as over 14 years in the detective bureau. Investigated a wide range of crime such as murder, rape, robbery, theft, fraud, missing persons, and other very sensitive crimes. I am available to answer your questions about criminal law and especially as it applies to police work. I taught at the police academy for several years and am especially knowledgeable about search and seizure. Any question about criminal law is welcome! Please don't ask me to do your homework or ask me questions that obviously come from your teachers or professors. I also do not do online interviews or surveys. Young people need to gain face to face interviewing skills. Local police officers usually are very agreeable to assist in these assignments.

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