States across the U.S. stand divided, regarding policies on hidden video surveillance. A few of them do not allow video surveillance unless authorized as a private property, some only allow it in areas that are not private (such as bedrooms, bathrooms, locker rooms, etc.), and others allow it as long as the property owner approves it.
When considering installing hidden video surveillance in your home, make sure to check state and local laws in your area. But generally speaking, you are allowed to place video surveillance around your home, with the intended purpose being home security and safety.
In fourteen states1 it is illegal to capture audio feed in video surveillance. Therefore, if you do happen to get a break in on tape, remember that it would not be a valuable form of evidence in a court, if it contains audio.
The biggest thing stressed with video surveillance is intent. If you are placing cameras up to protect you and your property, it is much more acceptable than using those same cameras to spy on intimate details of someone’s private life. Invasion of privacy is what lawmakers and citizens are most concerned with. So the question becomes: What kind of video surveillance is appropriate in maintaining safety, without violating constitutional rights?