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sale of spy cameras in singapore should be regulated - private detectives

by:Hnsat     2020-09-12
In a corner of Sim Lim Square, a shop displays some common items such as clothes hooks, alarm clocks, pens, portable chargers, car keys and glasses on glass shelves.
Each item has a built-in pinhole camera that costs between $60 and $220.
The shop, called Papylon shopises, took a \"no questions\" policy when selling spy cameras.
\"Usually we don\'t ask them what to do with it, but sometimes they tell us,\" said 18-year-old Carol Cai . \"year-
The old sales supervisor of the store that mainly sells CCTV cameras.
She recently told Yahoo News Singapore that most of her customers said they monitored domestic helpers with cameras while others put them in the store and grabbed their employees to steal things.
A customer even took out the eyes of a stuffed teddy bear to install a spy camera.
During the first month of entry, Cai was surprised to find that the sales of spy cameras were almost equal to the sales of CCTV cameras, the main merchandise in the store.
Three other shops in Sim Lim visited by reporters are also selling spy cameras.
These cameras can also be sold on online shopping sites such as Lazada, Qoo10 and Taobao.
Due to peeping, the ease of use of these cameras is getting more and more attention.
Private detectives interviewed by Yahoo News Singapore say they are also getting smaller and have the ability to record HD videos, making it harder for them to be spotted.
This year, a spy camera in the form of a clothes hook was found in a disabled toilet at Nanyang Technological University (NTU).
In another incident earlier this year, a man was sentenced to 24 weeks in prison for shooting 61 upskirt videos of different women disguised as watches.
On last July, another man installed a spy camera on his shoes to take photos of women\'s skirts around the Takashimaya Shopping Mall and was subsequently imprisoned for 18 weeks.
Security experts and private detectives told Yahoo Singapore news that the sale of spy cameras should be regulated according to criminal cases.
Malaravan Ron, owner of security service provider SecuriState Pte Ltd, said the device should be regulated but acknowledged enforcement as a challenge.
\"The problem is that people sell publicly and some buy from overseas, so it\'s hard to control the items because they\'re too small,\" he said . \".
David Ng, director of DP Quest survey Consulting, proposed that stores selling spy cameras should write down the buyer\'s details to prevent them from using the devices for the wrong reasons.
But Ron said that even if the buyer\'s details were removed, it would be difficult to track the source of the video once it was uploaded.
Private detectives often use spy cameras during their work to help their clients deal with business or family issues such as marriage cases.
For them, a key consideration for installing a pinhole camera in a client\'s home is privacy.
\"We can\'t install cameras in places like toilets.
We can\'t take pictures of people on purpose and undecently.
\"If you put it in the bathroom, you definitely know that people will take off their clothes,\" Wu said . \".
\"But if you put it in the room, it might be for other purposes.
For example, would you like to see who entered your house, but how do I know they will take off their clothes and do anything? ” he added.
When exposed images are taken in the camera, Ng\'s companies review them, especially if they are shown in open court.
Filming a woman in a undressed state may insult her humility and the offender may face imprisonment and/or a fine of up to one year.
Ng clarified that private detectives were authorized by their clients to install spy cameras in their premises.
\"Our purpose is not to sneak peek.
For example, we just try our best to collect factual evidence to support the customer\'s suspicions, ng said: \"If a child smokes or takes drugs in the room, or their maid brings strangers into the house . \".
James Loh, managing director of international investigators, said more and more people are deploying spy cameras to monitor their domestic helpers, especially to look after their children.
After collecting the relevant videos, Loh will integrate them in a written report for his client and they will decide whether to proceed with further action.
\"I always remind clients that there are some rules here.
At the end of the day, how to use it properly depends on the individual, \"Loh said.
During a visit to Sim Lim Square, the reporter, who was in charge of using a spy camera, reached out to a customer who was in the store asking if the spy camera he was targeting could record for three consecutive days.
When approached, the man declined to give his name and occupation, but said he needed video evidence to resolve the dispute between family members and neighbors.
\"I know the law.
I need a permit from the town council to install CCTV, so I want to use the camera in my house, \"the man said.
He added that he was considering using an alarm clock-shaped spy camera to photograph the area outside the apartment when the current door was opened.
Shop assistants interviewed by Yahoo News Singapore are aware of the stigma associated with spy cameras as they can be abused for \"dirty\" purposes.
In a store in the Peninsula Mall, a worker who had spy cameras in stock declined to be interviewed on the issue.
Other people, like 50-years-
The old sales executive, who works at a store selling camera equipment in Sim Lim Square, said that as long as spy cameras are used responsibly, there is no problem with sales.
Security guards, for example, can use these devices to protect themselves, she added.
\"Like a knife, I\'ll sell you one if you use the wrong knife, and you have to bear (
Consequences).
\"It\'s okay to cut meat, but it\'s not good to kill people,\" Ng said . \".
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