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When you’re dealing with a narcissistic toxic ex, you may be constantly stressed about your safety, especially if they have a tendency to stalk you. Some of my clients have even said that narcissists have broken into their homes to either gaslight them or steal from them. These people have no boundaries, and that intensifies when you finally go no contact.

So how do you deal with it? Start here.

How to Get Evidence For Prosecution When Your Narcissist Is Stalking or Breaking Into Your Home

According to the security consultants I’ve chatted with, home security cameras can provide a deterrent to break ins, while also providing important evidence in identifying convicting the stalkers when they are caught and tried. Others view home security cameras as giving them an option to see what is happening around their home without the need to personally venture outdoors. Depending on the system installed, they can also record and send images through a network connection to a security company monitoring the home’s security system.

When home security cameras first became available to the public, recording was done on videocassette recorders, with the more advanced ones capable of recording 24 hours through stop-action recording sequences. Playback was typically grainy and jumpy due to the method in which they were taken, playing back about every 5th or 6th frame. Today, home security cameras can be connected to digital video recorders, complete with sound and can be programmed to record only if there is movement.

Motion sensors and heat sensors that detect a change in the ambient temperature of a room can be adapted to video cameras, but the imaging of digital recorders can provide a clear video and is easier to copy and enhance for prosecutorial purposes. The modern home security cameras can be connected to allow the viewing of multiple camera shots at one time on the same screen.

Hidden Or Exposed, Cameras Still Perform

Depending on the desired outcome of a video, the cameras can be hidden or prominently displayed to let people know they are being recorded. Some laws provide guidelines to the placement of cameras in public places, however, most home camera installations can be done without restriction. Placing home security cameras in bathrooms or in other places where other residents of the home expect a large degree of privacy may invite angry responses from family members and guests in the home.

Hidden cameras can be used to identify others causing problems in a home and on the other side, home security cameras that are installed in plain sight, but unreachable to invite damage or disabling, may serve as a deterrent to crime as the stalker wants to stay out of the limelight. Most security companies advocate having visible cameras on the perimeter of a person’s home and hidden cameras inside as a way of deterring break-ins and for prosecuting those who ignore the initial warning.

When deciding to use home security cameras, it is always best to get the advice of a security expert to make sure their placement will best serve the needs of the homeowner.

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