Employing anyone to work in your home does come at some risk; particularly when being left alone without supervision. Nannies are often given free-reign to look after children whilst the parents go to work. If a parent has been thoughtful enough about the safety of their children, risks can be minimized. Aside from running a background check on a nanny one can also set up a good quality spy camera in the home; such as in this story.
My husband and I received a desk clock with hidden camera a while back as a wedding gift of all things. It gathered dust on top of the closet but then our plans fell through to have a cousin of mine care for our newborn.
We employed a nanny and just to be safe I brought out the hidden camera to use as a nanny cam. This was our very first baby after all and it was bad enough leaving her in the care of somebody we hardly knew. We would be remiss if we did not do our very best to find out if the new babysitter could possibly be trusted with our only child. We did some checks of our own beforehand but still I wanted to be sure we employed the right nanny.
The clock offered a smokescreen for the spy camera; it was able to sit on a night table without arousing curiosity. And we knew that a disguised camera could reveal any odd behavior by our new nanny. I just wanted to be sure we had employed the right one.
I’m a little technically challenged when it comes to these types of things but I had absolutely no problem using this clock spy camera. What made it easier was that this hidden camera had a built-in video recorder. It could record exactly what it sees into an internal memory, just like our camcorder. All that I had to do for smooth-sailing video viewing was to connect the unit straight into a USB slot on my computer.
I set the clock camera in the nursery covering the whole room and would turn it on before the nanny would arrive for the day. I would then check the video recordings in the evening once I got home from work and after the nanny had left. Luckily, with its motion sensor it would only record movement, so it didn’t take long to go through it each evening.
The nanny had been looking after my daughter for almost a week without any problem. There was nothing odd going on so I was beginning to think we had picked the right one. But then one evening I caught the nanny on video searching through the towel and linen cabinets in the nursery. I thought this was a strange sight for sure as she had no reason to go in there and I told my husband about it. He dismissed it immediately as excusable interest in how her employers lived, but I was more suspicious than that.
Had she not gone in the towel and linen cabinets I probably would have stopped using the spy camera. Luckily I continued, as no later than the following day our secret clock camera captured the nanny coming back inside the nursery with her bag in hand. She went into the linen cabinet and deposited bedding into her hand-carry. I showed my husband the recordings and he conceded the nanny was dishonest and stealing from us.
The following week when the nanny turned up as usual, my husband and I challenged her. She went red-faced but flatly denied taking anything until I pointed out the clock spy camera on the night table. She didn’t believe me at first so I showed her the beautiful recording of her putting my bedding into her bag. She went stone-faced.
Without saying anything else I told her to leave and did not require her services any longer. She left without any trouble and without any pay.
Were it not for this unusual wedding gift we would not have busted the hired help on sneaking behind our backs. She may have committed petty theft but if we were to tolerate it, bigger thievery could possibly be next. And who knows what else. I will definitely continue to use the clock spy camera, as a nanny camera, from now on.
Our Final Words
Although they did the right thing in getting a nanny background check, unfortunately not everything was unearthed. Using a nanny cam is a good solid second line of defense in protecting children against unwanted harm, and as in this case, against harm done to your property.