U.S. CitiesCity-Data Forum Index
Go Back   City-Data Forum > General Forums > Work and Employment
 [Register]
Please register to participate in our discussions with 2 million other members - it's free and quick! Some forums can only be seen by registered members. After you create your account, you'll be able to customize options and access all our 15,000 new posts/day with fewer ads.
View detailed profile (Advanced) or search
site with Google Custom Search

Search Forums  (Advanced)
Reply Start New Thread
 
Old 03-28-2019, 11:34 AM
 
102 posts, read 95,000 times
Reputation: 72

Advertisements

I work for local government and this week someone and I have no clue who it could be has been going to my desk and moving things around. For example, they are going in my desk and moving things around. The last time I placed a little note on top of my desk compartment and this person placed items underneath the note and still moved my stuff. I don't keep anything valuable at my desk but I am getting rather annoyed and don't know why someone would do this. I pretty much mind my own business. Maybe this is stupid but I did go to my boss who suggested that I get locks put on. We don't have a policy about surveillance but I am just wonder how I should go about doing this and if I catch the person how to approach from there. This is very awkward and I have never had this happen before.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message

 
Old 03-28-2019, 11:39 AM
 
Location: Aurora Denveralis
8,588 posts, read 3,019,935 times
Reputation: 12819
Put an envelope buzzer in a drawer instead.

https://www.amazon.com/Count-Fake-Ra.../dp/B00OSCI74W
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 03-28-2019, 11:41 AM
 
102 posts, read 95,000 times
Reputation: 72
Quote:
Originally Posted by Quietude View Post
Put an envelope buzzer in a drawer instead.

https://www.amazon.com/Count-Fake-Ra.../dp/B00OSCI74W
lol
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 03-28-2019, 11:46 AM
 
Location: Seattle
1,757 posts, read 1,014,807 times
Reputation: 3013
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.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 03-28-2019, 11:47 AM
 
Location: SW Missouri
15,847 posts, read 30,349,542 times
Reputation: 22356
Quote:
Originally Posted by tigergirl87 View Post
I work for local government and this week someone and I have no clue who it could be has been going to my desk and moving things around. For example, they are going in my desk and moving things around. The last time I placed a little note on top of my desk compartment and this person placed items underneath the note and still moved my stuff. I don't keep anything valuable at my desk but I am getting rather annoyed and don't know why someone would do this. I pretty much mind my own business. Maybe this is stupid but I did go to my boss who suggested that I get locks put on. We don't have a policy about surveillance but I am just wonder how I should go about doing this and if I catch the person how to approach from there. This is very awkward and I have never had this happen before.
If you have no policy, I would say you are free to do it if you wish. might want to post a very small sign to CYA.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 03-28-2019, 11:51 AM
 
Location: North Idaho
22,666 posts, read 28,685,250 times
Reputation: 43679
You've already discussed it with your boss, so the logical thing to do would be to ask your boss if it is OK to place the video camera on your desk.


If you do get a video of the snooper, what are you going to do with it? You can't do anything. Your boss can, but he is going to be more receptive to the idea if he already knows about the camera.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 03-28-2019, 12:07 PM
Status: "Disagreeing is not the same thing as trolling." (set 8 days ago)
 
Location: Texas
9,468 posts, read 3,639,813 times
Reputation: 19479
May depend on what the laws of your state are. It might be wiser to use the camera but not tell anyone, then confront the person and ask them if they did the theft. Without telling them you used a camera. Who knows what kind of hot water it could get you into if you place hidden cameras at work.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 03-28-2019, 12:29 PM
 
4,074 posts, read 2,938,996 times
Reputation: 7036
Rather than go out and spend big bucks on a tiny/hidden camera that may or may not tell you anything, why not ask a trusted co-worker to keep an eye out for you?
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 03-28-2019, 12:51 PM
 
Location: Tennessee
23,571 posts, read 17,544,804 times
Reputation: 27627
It may not be illegal, but it's probably terminable.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 03-28-2019, 12:58 PM
 
Location: Aurora Denveralis
8,588 posts, read 3,019,935 times
Reputation: 12819
Quote:
Originally Posted by Serious Conversation View Post
It may not be illegal, but it's probably terminable.
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.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Please register to post and access all features of our very popular forum. It is free and quick. Over $68,000 in prizes has already been given out to active posters on our forum. Additional giveaways are planned.

Detailed information about all U.S. cities, counties, and zip codes on our site: City-data.com.


Reply
Please update this thread with any new information or opinions. This open thread is still read by thousands of people, so we encourage all additional points of view.

Quick Reply
Message:

Over $104,000 in prizes was already given out to active posters on our forum and additional giveaways are planned!

Go Back   City-Data Forum > General Forums > Work and Employment
Follow City-Data.com founder on our Forum or

All times are GMT -6.

2005-2019, Advameg, Inc. · Please obey Forum Rules · Terms of Use and Privacy Policy · Bug Bounty

City-Data.com - Archive 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35 - Top