Hidden cameras in hotel rooms have long been a source of concern for the somewhat paranoid tourist. Over the last few years, frantic headlines have focused on a separate issue: unreported, hidden cameras in some hotel homes.
Although installing a security camera on a hosted property is not against any hotel’s terms of service, there are certain restrictions. It is illegal to place cameras in personal areas like bathrooms or bedrooms, and all cameras on the property must be declared, even if they are outside or not in use.
If you’re concerned about hidden cameras, we’ll go through some ways below, such as physical inspections, network scanning, and looking for tell-tale reflections and infrared lights. However, keep in mind that while each one increases your likelihood of finding consumer-grade security cameras, there are no absolutes.
1. Conduct a physical search
Be vigilant wherever you go, and don’t feel bad if you occasionally become overly worried. Does the lamp seem out of place there? Or is the alarm placed inside a peculiar lamp? You need to be especially watchful if you think the room’s technology is arranged strangely.
Pay close attention to the smoke detectors in the restrooms and rooms because they may also have hidden cameras. Check the wall decor, electrical outlets, tissue boxes, wall plugs, desk plants, and air filter equipment as well.
2. Use the flashlight on your smartphone
So here’s the deal. Even the smallest camera lenses, on the whole, reflect light. Therefore, a covert camera would also reflect light. However, how do you verify that? Switch off the lights and use the flashlight on your smartphone to look around the space. Dig down and look for a hidden camera if you see a reflection.
Simply turn off the lights and move your flashlight about the space. It may be a concealed camera if your light reflects off of surfaces or lights that are unusually reflecting.
3. Examine the mirrors
It’s best to look in your bathroom mirror for any strange objects because of this. The best way to check, so the saying goes, is:
- Put your hand on the glass.
- If there is a space between your reflection and your hand, you are alright; if not, there might be something there.
Cover any suspicious devices in your room
The best course of action is to unplug the gadget and cover it with a towel if you discover a strange item in your room and are unsure of its purpose. The gadget might potentially be merely tucked away in a drawer.
Install a program to scan the recording equipment
Still feeling worried despite finding no evidence of concealed devices in your room? A program that searches for frequencies used by recording equipment is available for download. Some apps that you can download on an Android phone include Detectify and Radarbot. Many of these applications for locating hidden cameras are free.
Make a phone call
When a call is placed close by, surveillance cameras could produce static noise or interference. Make sure to circle the room, stopping to conduct a thorough examination when you discover an interruption in a particular area.
What to do when you found a camera?
Because the firmware of the camera may contain identifiable information, such as login passwords and the Wi-Fi network it was linked to, Kinzie advised that after finding a camera, you should immediately detach it without causing any damage.