Is your neighbor pointing his CCTV security cameras at your back yard or house? How can you block or blind the security cameras from viewing your property? What are the most effective methods to disrupt security cameras? In this article we will list and explain useful and practical tips about how to blind or jam security cameras.
Most effective ways to blind security cameras
Before you start, know one thing: It’s not the security camera that watches you, it’s the camera’s owner who is spying on you. To blind the security camera is the process of “blinding” the owner, in a legal way.
Method 1. Install security cameras in your property
There’s no better way to disrupt your neighbor’s (spying) security cameras than serving them with the same sauce – place security cameras in your property as well. You can mount a PTZ security camera high enough on your house, somewhere in an attic vent facing out or wherever your neighbor will be captured causing trouble.
The biggest advantage of a PTZ security camera is that your neighbor will never know where the camera is pointed and you can also zoom in to identify details. Note that the inferior cameras will shoot grainy pictures at night. It is more recommended for you to choose high-quality infrared security cameras.
This tactic has proved to be quite effective to blind your neighbor’s security cameras. Many people who try this method report that once the cameras are up, the privacy-invading neighbors will back up and mind their own business.
Method 2. Find out whether the security cameras are fake
Before you go through the trouble to blind a CCTV security camera, make sure the CCTV camera is real at first. To save the money and mislead potential burglars, chances are that your neighbor may have fake security cameras installed.
In this case, you don’t need to go through the trouble to blind CCTV security cameras. It can be pretty easy for you to tell. For example, most infrared security cameras will have visible red light at night. You can observe whether there is red light or wires connected to the cameras. Also, your neighbor’s security camera may be off or not working at all. Learn how to tell whether a security camera is on and then decide if you need to disrupt the security camera or not. Article to read: How to tell if a security camera is Fake or Real.
Method 3. Talk to the security camera owner
The most straightforward and effective method to blind your neighbor’s security cameras is to have an open conversation with him. Maybe your neighbor is even oblivious to the fact that his camera is aimed at your window or back yard.
So before messing up or jamming the security camera, talk to your neighbor about what troubles you and your distress. Tell that you are not comfortable with his camera pointing at your property. Be cool and polite and ask him if he could re-position his cameras.
Method 4. Seek help from mediators
If you have an unreasonable neighbor and your talk end up in failure, seeking help from the mediators may be useful to disable the security cameras. For example, you may go to your local community justice or neighborhood mediation center and explain your needs. They can mediate a meeting between you and your neighbor to settle the problem without further escalation.
Method 5. Consult the lawyer or the police
For those annoying neighbors that cross the line (like voyeurism), it is best to consult the lawyer or the police and seek for their advice about taking action against the security cameras. If the security camera provides a clear picture of the interior of your home and is used as criminal harassment, you would have the basis for a claim of invasion of privacy, and potentially a viable lawsuit.
Method 6. Plant trees or tall shrubs to block off the security cameras
Another good way to blind your neighbor’s security cameras is to plant a grouping of shrubs or grown trees that are tall enough to block off where the camera is aimed.
Also, you can close the curtain or shade on the window to block security cameras. The privacy fence, bamboo curtains and yard shade sails are also effective tools to disable CCTV security cameras. Additionally, you may put up cheap posts with cloth flags along the property line to block the CCTV security camera’ view.
Method 7. Use LED lights
This strategy will only work if you are precise and quick. You need powerful lights to do it successfully. Also, this trick only works in enclosed spaces or at night. You need to know the exact location of the security camera. Then you need to point the LED lights to the camera’s lens. If you are successful in doing this technique, no one watching the video clip will recognize you. However, that person will know that someone is out there blinding the surveillance camera.
You must be able to hold the light steady because if the light beams drop from the lens, anyone watching the video will recognize you because your face will be visible. You can also put infrared LEDs on your clothing, hat, or headband. Another strategy is to wear an IR LEDs mask. However, ensure that the lights are bright enough to cover your face without blinding you. Note: we don’t recommend this method, it’s illegal you may get involved in much more trouble.
Method 8. Use infrared laser pointer
Aside from LED lights, you can also use an infrared laser that points to the security camera lens directly. This strategy is less harsh than the first technique. However, it requires more precision than the previous approach because the security cameras will capture the face if the laser pointer strays away from it even for a moment.
Unlike the first strategy, using the infrared laser works nighttime or day time. Also, this approach only works if there is only one security camera (if more than one camera, you’ll be caught by the rest of them). Same as before, we don’t recommend this method, you may get in legal trouble (and possible damage/destroy the camera altogether).
Method 9. Covering the camera lens
Smear jelly onto the lens. Rub Vaseline, petroleum jelly, or another viscous substance onto the lens of the camera to make the picture come out blurry. In a pinch, try using sticky-but-spreadable foodstuffs like butter, jam, and peanut butter. Be careful to coat the entire surface of the lens. Make sure that you aren’t caught on camera as you approach the recording device.
This approach is the least practical because the motion detection neighbor security cameras will capture your image sensor even before you can cover its lens. We don’t recommend this method, you may be involved in an illegal activity.
Method 10. Use a security camera jammer
A camera jammer has various sizes. But, if you are wondering how it looks, it is like a TV remote control. A discrete and handy device can disrupt signals and security camera recordings. Some models have GPS tracking and cell phone call blocker.
You can bring it wherever you go because you can put it in your bag or pocket. The camera jammer will disrupt signals, and you can go on with your activities in full privacy. However, you must first determine the broadcast frequency of the surveillance cameras so you can purchase the right equipment to disrupt it. Not recommended, you’re basically inviting legal trouble in.
FAQs about blinding or jamming security cameras
Is it legal for your neighbor to point security cameras at your house?
The legality of your neighbor’s security camera largely depends on your local laws and whether it is pointing somewhere private. If your neighbor’s security camera just captures your house as part of a broader area, it is perhaps not invading your privacy, at least not deliberately. And chances are that you cannot file a complaint to disable the security cameras.
But in the event that a security camera only aims at places where you can expect your privacy, like your bedrooms or bathrooms, such deeds would be a pure invasion of your privacy. And you may check out your state laws and territory laws to protect your right.
Can a laser pointer damage a security camera?
It is possible but most standard laser pointers won’t have sufficient power to damage the sensor of a security camera; and while a more powerful pointer is more likely be able to cause sensor damage, it has to be aimed extremely accurately and steadily, during which time the person so pointing is captured by the camera. Moreover, there is no way for the person pointing the laser to tell whether or not damage has occurred and reflection off the camera can damage the eyes. High level lasers not accessible to the average person, such as those used in medical equipment or for laser light shows, are able to affect a camera sensor with greater ease.