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Old 03-28-2019, 01:05 PM
 
Location: California
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I’d do it just to see who the hell it is. Then you can decide what if anything to do about it but at least you’d know.
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Old 03-28-2019, 01:07 PM
 
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I had a stalker at work and thought I could put a camera on my desk. My HR told me "due to trade secrets and other confidential information" we weren't even supposed to have our phones out, they have a camera.

Lucky for me they put one up instead.
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Old 03-28-2019, 01:23 PM
 
Location: Aurora Denveralis
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Use something like a Wyze security cam with an SD card allowing for at least eight hours recording, and mount it to look like a webcam. They can be configured to turn off all indicator lights and look "dead."

But it's still a bad idea.
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Old 03-28-2019, 01:28 PM
 
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Do it the old fashion way, get a dog and put it by the desk

at least the dog is less liability to the company and you might not be fired the first time

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Video is not illegal as long as it's in a place where privacy is expected, such as bathroom.
she works for the government, depending on how "small" it is that she claims, it could be espionage charges...
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Old 03-28-2019, 01:36 PM
 
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It's a bad idea on so many levels.

OP, does your desk not lock? Can it be made lockable? Is some kind of GOTCHA! like the buzzing envelope an option for identifying the snoop?

How about a sign in one drawer that reads, "Smile, pal... you're on Candid Camera!" Let 'em sweat.
I like this idea, but if the snooper calls her bluff and takes that sign, her situation could be made worse.

OP I agree with the other poster and see if your boss will agree to some sort of talk with the snooper to stay off your desk, and maybe disciplinary action if they persist. (If thats even possible)
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Old 03-28-2019, 03:09 PM
 
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Video is not illegal as long as it's in a place where privacy is expected, such as bathroom.


Audio can be depending on the state. Some require only 1 party of the recording be aware, others require all involved in the recording be aware.


That said, it does not protect you from any employer actions if you're found to be recording in the office.

It is legal though to put it in without notifying someone, on property that isn't yours? That's the sticky part to me. Neither the desk nor building is owned by OP. For that matter, neither is the stapler, tape, notepads, etc.


What are you planning to do with the info? Go to higher ups waving your film and shouting "I have proof that John moved my stapler"?


I suspect the person is messing with you precisely because you're getting annoyed. It's like my mother used to say when I would complain about my older brother picking on me, "If you didn't react, he would stop doing it". Like Jim does to Dwight on the Office, putting his stapler in jello, lol.
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Old 03-28-2019, 04:02 PM
 
Location: Las Vegas, NV
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My take on this:

The OP works for a government agency. This means that almost everything on and in the desk is the property of that agency.

The OP says nothing about anything being stolen, so it sounds like it's just a rearranging job going on.

Overreaction may be precisely what the perpetrator is looking for. Someone who simply rearranges things on a desk has sent the OP scurrying to a public forum to ask about installing a security camera to monitor what is being moved and by whom - and it isn't even the OP's stuff.

Like others have said, I have no idea what the OP would do with the information even if he/she can identify the culprit. "Johnny moved my tape dispenser" doesn't sound like a terminatable offense. It sounds more like a grade school playground argument.
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Old 03-28-2019, 04:27 PM
 
Location: Log "cabin" west of Bangor
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I like this idea, but if the snooper calls her bluff and takes that sign, her situation could be made worse.
Simpler, a note that just says "I'm watching you."
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Old 03-28-2019, 05:18 PM
 
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Exploding ink packet.

Even better - a glitter bomb. It would trash your desk but totally worth it

https://www.thepackageguard.com/porc...nk-the-pirate/

https://gizmodo.com/former-nasa-engi...aHSTJ6x04SW9Z4
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Old 03-28-2019, 05:42 PM
 
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"Is it illegal to put a small hidden cam at my desk?"
that depends upon your state's laws.
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