Santa Ana, CA (PRWEB) December 15, 2005 –
Holiday shoppers will get an extra gift from Peep Sweep during the final stretch of their shopping spree. The hidden camera detection service will be sending teams to check for illicit hidden cameras in changing rooms and restrooms at major malls throughout Orange County.
The decision follows last week’s encounter at a mall with a man wearing a hidden camera and one of Peep Sweep’s executives.
"One of our team members was shopping with his wife at a southern California mall and the alarm on the personal hidden camera detector in his pocket starting beeping,” says Randall Mitchum, founder of the innovative hidden camera detection service Peep Sweep. "He was passing by a man in a clothing store and the alarm caught both of them by surprise. The other guy was obviously wearing a hidden camera and became very nervous over the sudden chirping of the alarm. His afternoon of peeping suddenly came to an end."
The hidden camera trend is something akin to a Wall Street insider meets the Emperor with no clothes – the culprits are quietly making a ton of cash while business executives are hoping no one is noticing what’s happening in their stores, gyms, restrooms and offices.
“There’s absolutely nothing in their way,” says Randall Mitchum about the high-tech voyeurs. “It’s a runaway business opportunity and nothing is being done to stop them.”
The problem has brought a new challenge to merchants and office executives as hidden cameras move in and out of their premises unabated. Employees are not trained to find them, companies have not invested in the technology to prevent them, nor have they adapted their internal policies to handle an instance when a camera is found.
“In general, I think executives are in a wait and see position,” continued Randall Mitchum. “Despite the overwhelming hidden camera market numbers and some very simple steps businesses can take to stay ahead of the problem, we’re noticing that they are opting to use hope and luck as the foundation of their best practices. They won’t make a move until compelled to do so. It’s likely going to take a few more major lawsuits from these $25 cameras to get everyone into an active deterrence mode.”
In the absence of prevention, the culprits are having a heyday with the easily obtained footage. Hidden camera technology has become very economical and very simple to use. Cameras as low as a few dollars are being sold everyday on eBay and are now being sold in Wal-Mart. The cameras are up and running as fast as you can clip them to a 9-volt battery.
"We’ll continue to do whatever we can to raise awareness,” adds Daniel Nord, Peep Sweep’s Vice President. “Whether it’s a simple stroll through the mall with personal detectors in our pockets or a sit-down free seminar with retailers, the goal is to get more people to understand the problem so that our families will less likely be confronted with the emotional challenges of having been exposed during moments of expected privacy. When merchants and office executives are ready to effectively deter hidden cameras, we’re only a phone call away.”
Retailers and property management companies can sign up for a free seminar at http://www.peepsweep.com. Seminars are available mornings, days and evenings seven days a week through the end of the year.
About Peep Sweep
Peep Sweep offers hidden camera detection services for both homes and businesses starting at $29. Peep Sweep’s website is an industry-leading information resource and provides valuable information about hidden cameras, privacy legislation, sex offenders, general news, detection products and more. Peep Sweep provides comprehensive risk analysis and awareness programs to companies. Peep Sweep is actively recruiting dealers throughout the U.S. to join its growing business.