September 23, 2008
Thomas Daley - Police Arrest Landlard After Discovering Elaborate Network Of Peeping Tom Cameras Wired Into Properties Rented By Females
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (The Weekly Vice) -- Thomas Daley, a 45-year-old landlord from Phoenixville has been arrested on accusations that he used an elaborate system of hidden cameras to repeatedly spy on female tenants for years.
Thomas Daley was arrested on Friday following a police investigation of his rental properties that have uncovered a long-term video voyeur operation he used to secretly spy on his tenants.
According to police, Daley installed and used an entire network of hidden cameras to spy on female tenants who rented apartments from him in the Norristown, Pa. area.
Police, who are currently searching 16 of his rental properties, have uncovered an elaborate network of video cameras that were installed behind mirrors, within ceiling fans and in cabinets, according to investigators. Police say Daley's cameras peered into the bathrooms, bedrooms and living rooms of the female victims who rented from him. Investigators have not yet found any of the same recording devices installed in properties that have been rented by male tenants.
Police first became aware of Daley's alleged activity when a female tenant discovered a camera in her apartment. Wires to the camera were followed down to a recording device located in the basement of the property.
'He had such an elaborate system set up that when someone in the apartment would activate a light switch or a ceiling fan, he was able, via the Internet, to retrieve the video images or audio,' said Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Ferman.
Daley has been arrested on suspicion of wiretapping, invasion of privacy and criminal use of a communications device, however Ferman insisted the case was in it's very beginning stages.
'This is really the tip of the iceberg in a much large case,' Ferman Said.
In addition to the video hardware, police also confiscated a stockpile of video recordings that Daley collected over the course of several years. Under questioning, Daley admitted to detectives that his voyeuristic recordings have continued for approximately 20 years.
'Some of the tapes were the old fashioned VHS tapes and the more recent were digital,' explained Ferman. 'so it clearly spans several generations of technology.'
Daley is currently being held on a $1 million dollar bond and is expected to appear back in court on September 29th.
The Weekly Vice Opinion:
This landlord had his own little reenactment of the movie 'Sliver' going on apparently, although on a slightly smaller scale. We've written on several cases of video voyeurism over the past two months - however we're really quite surprised we haven't seen more of this, really. Cameras are so tiny now, they really can be hidden just about anywhere.
With an excessive number of voyeurs out there submitting their recorded material to various Internet sites, we know the problem is about 100 times more widespread than what actually gets uncovered. For example, Daley's camera was found at one property, however cameras at the other two properties were never found until police tore the place apart finding them.
Female tenants who rent apartments really need to give a potential new residence a very thorough lookover, before moving in. If the landlord isn't peeping, it's the maintenance man. If it's not the maintenance man peeping, then it's some other pervert who has occasional access to the property.
Reassuring, isn't it?
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Posted by Danny Vice at 7:44:00 PM