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What do you think? Video baby monitors can be seen by neighbors?

I was going to buy a video monitor for my Sons room but I read a review that said to be cautious because if someone else nearby has a video monitor, they can see you too! I know that with a regular audio monitor people can hear close by too, but I am a little wierded out with someone being able to see my Son and me in my Pj's at night. What do you think?


Asked by ILovemyPaulie at 3:43 PM on Sep. 14, 2010 in Home & Garden

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  • Yeah, it's definitely possible. We never had a video monitor but could sometimes hear our neighbor's phone conversations on our regular baby monitor! And we lived in a single family home, with plenty of room between houses!!

    Answer by MommaofH2 at 3:45 PM on Sep. 14, 2010

  • Oh, as far as using a video monitor, I think they give a false sense of security. Yes, you can see the baby on the little screen but it's not the same as going in to check on them.

    Answer by MommaofH2 at 3:46 PM on Sep. 14, 2010

  • I believe it, I used to be able to hear my neighbors phone calls on our monitor. I wouldn't get one, they are quite pricey and unnecessary in my opinion.

    Answer by mompam at 4:04 PM on Sep. 14, 2010

  • You really don't need one. The sound is more than enough.

    Answer by Candi1024 at 4:04 PM on Sep. 14, 2010

  • WOW is that right something to be checkd on forsure

    Answer by LoVe4Free at 9:37 PM on Sep. 14, 2010

  • I guess it would depend on how close your neighbors were.. where I live I wouldn't worry about it..the signal wouldn't be strong enough.

    Answer by xxhazeldovexx at 12:39 AM on Sep. 15, 2010

  • I agree MommaofH2!

    Comment by ILovemyPaulie (original poster) at 3:47 PM on Sep. 14, 2010

  • You know, people nearby could theoretically watch (just like they can theoretically listen) but who would want to? I mean, really, who would want to? You can envision some weird pedophile, but they'd have to live within about 100 feet of the transmitter, have a thing for infants (which is very, very uncommon) and have appropriate receiving equipment, which they used to search in the hopes that some neighbor will have a video monitor broadcasting at a frequency that they can intercept with their equipment.
    With audio monitors, BTW, the frequency at which they broadcast has a big effect on how listenable they are. The higher frequencies are less likely to interfere with cordless phones.

    Answer by SWasson at 5:05 PM on Sep. 14, 2010