The Importance Of Electronic Surveillance

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Register to read the introduction… Many businesses use electronic surveillance to maintain the security of their buildings and grounds, to obtain information about costumers or to help increase the output of work during business hours. Electronic monitoring can serve several purposes. It can increase the amount of work actually being done during work hours, enhance the security for persons and property, and detect and prevent criminal, wrongful, or impermissible …show more content…
Three types of the most common electronic surveillance are wire tapping, bugging, and videotaping. Electronic monitoring is on the rise with the ability to view emails, monitoring of internet usage, GPS surveillance of company vehicles and cell phones, and the use of controlled access for buildings. Wire tapping captures telephone calls and telegraph messages by physically going into the wire circuitry. Telephone or telegraph wires must actually be tap into in order to accomplish this type of surveillance. Bugging can be accomplished by placing a small microphone or other listening device in a specific location to transmit conversations to a nearby receiver and recorder. Of those firms that admitted to monitoring employees almost half said they monitored employee phone calls, either by recording information about calls made or by actually listening to the calls themselves; others stored and reviewed electronic mail and voice mail messages of employees (Nacherla, 2008). Surveillance cameras or video cameras are used for the purpose of observing an area. Video surveillance is performed by noticeable or hidden cameras that transmit and record visual images that may be watched during the time which the activity is taking place or reviewed later on tape. They are often connected to a recording device, IP network, and/or watched by a security guard or a law enforcement officer. Cameras and recording equipment use to be fairly expensive and required someone to monitor the camera footage. Due to cheaper production techniques, it is simple and inexpensive enough to be used in home security systems, and for everyday surveillance. Almost fifteen percent of employers admitted to videotaping employee job performance and 35.3 percent to videotaping for security purposes

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