A country in anxiety: why do the Israelis keep buying hidden cameras?
Until five years ago, a few thousand hidden cameras were sold in Israel per year, but in 2022 all records will be broken.
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Thursday, September 29, 2022, 6:38 p.m
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A 76% increase in the number of hidden cameras sold in Israel in 2022 compared to what was done in 2017 - this is according to the data of the Private Investigators Forum, published in Walla!
This is about no less than 50,000 cameras that were sold over the past year - a figure that reflects, as mentioned, a very significant jump, compared to what happened in Israel about five years ago.
What use does the Israeli public make of so many cameras?
What is the generator that drives the anxiety that urges the Israelis to purchase espionage devices, which until a decade ago, were sold in an annual quantity of a few thousand?
Shampoo in the shower?
There is a chance that it has a camera (Photo: Yehac)
"The recurrence of cases of children being harmed by nannies, and the media exposure of each such event, along with the growing awareness of mothers on the issue, dramatically boosted the market," notes attorney Golan Vishnia, CEO of the Worldshop company that deals in the supply of spy equipment. , "Until a few years ago, we detected a sharp increase in the demand for hidden cameras, only after the child abuse case exploded in the media, but today the demand remains rigid and is on the graph of an increase, regardless of one trigger or another." According to the forum review, the scope of the hidden camera market is According to an estimate of no less than NIS 50 million per year. In
addition, Vishnia notes that, in addition to the needs of business espionage, thousands of hidden cameras are sold for spying between spouses as part of divorce battles, but not only. "Many of the buyers are equipped with such a camera and install it in the shared apartment space, even though the issue of divorce was not put on the table,But as a result of fear or anxiety on the part of one of the spouses regarding the fidelity of the other."
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The change that has taken place in the context of purchasing hidden cameras does not amount only to an increase in their number, but also in their nature and quality.
In the review conducted for us by the Researchers' Forum, it is written that a good spying device is tested, among other things, by the ability to smooth it out and the period of time in which it can work continuously. Until a few years ago, most of the products sold to the civilian market were physically significantly larger than those sold to intelligence agencies. Today , anyone can purchase accessories that consist of smaller circuits, which consume significantly less electricity than before, which allows for a longer working time and the use of smaller batteries. Components in security use to components in civilian use. There are spying means with overlapping technology between the civilian and security markets. The public can currently purchase products that are used by spies on behalf of intelligence agencies."
And what kind of leap forward and narrowing of gaps vis-à-vis the defense industries are we talking about?
What hidden cameras are being purchased today and how sophisticated are they?
Thus, for example, today a hidden camera system is sold that is placed inside toy bears that allows viewing and hearing of what is happening in the place where it is placed.
The system is innocent in appearance and inside it there is a hidden camera in HD quality, a microphone and a memory card for recording video and audio with a volume of 64GB.
Is the child in kindergarten holding a teddy bear?
There is a chance that it has a camera (Photo: Yehac)
And it becomes more and more creepy: how about a tiny hidden camera that is removed with a smiley button or for example, inside an innocent game cube?
All of these, and quite a few more sophisticated cameras, can be purchased today, at costs ranging from a few hundred shekels to thousands of shekels, depending on the quality of the electronic components included in it.
For example, today it is possible to purchase a hidden camera, which is removed inside an innocent router, which includes a live night vision function.
A simple operating system that provides live notifications to your cell phone from anywhere at any time, and allows you to receive pop-up notifications to your mobile phone.
Alternatively, reality shows that there is a growing demand for hidden cameras that are removed in bathrooms.
For example, in shampoo or body soap: the upper half of the bottle is a container and contains soap, and in the lower half of the bottle is the camera, and the camera circuit is there as well.
These cameras are water resistant so the bottle can be in its natural place.
This matter, of cameras in the shower, will be discussed in the future.