Philadelphia Spy Cam Store Riding Wave Of Interest In Elder Abuse Case

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – So-called “nanny cams” — hidden cameras that can be installed in one’s own home — are becoming more popular as technology improves and prices go down, allowing those buying the devices to get some peace of mind that their loved ones are being cared for properly.

At Philly Spy Shop, on Cottman Avenue near Castor in Northeast Philadelphia, one man was picking up a working clock-radio equipped with a hidden camera for $199.99.  It’s to make sure, he says, that his elderly mother-in-law is getting proper care at the facility where she lives.

spycams watch cigs mcdev Philadelphia Spy Cam Store Riding Wave Of Interest In Elder Abuse Case“You know, there are some things that just aren’t right there, and that’s why I’m here,” the man, who did not want to be identified, told KYW Newsradio.

Gumersindo Vidot III (top photo), the manager of Philly Spy Shop, was showing all sort of gadgets with surveillance capability including clocks, a wristwatch, a pack of cigarettes — even a light bulb.

“Audio can be disabled,” Vidot explains.  “In the state of Pennsylvania, for example, it is illegal to record somebody’s voice without their consent. I do have other items that do not record audio, such as regular pinhole cameras which you can hide anywhere.”

Valerie Levesque reports…

Earlier this week arrests were made in Delaware County, Pa., after hidden-camera images allegedly caught a staffer at a senior living facility abusing a patient (see related story).   Authorities say the camera, placed by a family member, was hidden in a clock.

Reported by John McDevitt, KYW Newsradio 1060.

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  1. Rob says:

    The guy in the picture is the son of the owner (on the video). I am sure he taught him well. I personally know the owner of the shop. He is a self defense instructor, private investigator. He helped me get my daughter back after three other low life investigators tried, or say they did but couldn’t. My ex wife is a junky and that man caught her in the act of buying drugs on video which helped lock the case. I was at the shop a few days ago after I saw this video and sadly learned that the pop is ill. Philly Cops are having an honoring of him sometime in May. I am going to support him.

  2. Hector R. says:

    I paid I think $299 or $399. It opens in Google earth u see the streets and all. its pretty nifty

  3. Sammy says:

    How much was the unit?

  4. Hector R. says:

    I found out where my kid REALLY FRIGGIN WAS with my car with their GPS tracking unit!! Yeah, hes with his “mother” now!

  5. Gary Bright says:

    Wow, I actually bought some cameras from there before for my house. Someone burglarized my neighbors home and my cameras caught them on video. They eventually found the guys because the clarity of the cameras had them identifiable. I used one of their spy cam gadgets to catch my babysitter actually stealing video games from my son’s room!
    I would honestly recommend that shop to anyone wanting to find stuff out they just cant confirm! The prices are okay too. The manager, the guy in the picture was actually pretty helpful and knowledgable. Haha, you would think I’m getting paid for this, lol! I just really appreciate that place I guess!! Check them out!

  6. porn king says:

    Don’t think I’d buy anything off that guy in the picture…scary!!

    1. Sammy says:

      That’s not cool. What’s scary there? I like that place. That guy helped me out a lot with some things over the years

  7. Ocasio says:

    Great shop..I have been there many times. Caught my employees stealing, and now finally I am making money.

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