This world has all sorts of creepy people. That explains why we lock our doors when we are going to sleep and fear walking alone in the dark. When you rent a room, the last thing you expect is someone spying on you.
As much as this is not your house, you should at least be able to enjoy your privacy, undress privately, have a good time with your partner, and so on.
Do not be deceived here; it is one thing to have security cameras, but it’s something else to have hidden cameras in bedrooms or bathrooms. Who puts a security camera for security in the bathroom anyway? If you are skeptical about your privacy, here are some tips to see if there are cameras in your rental because your host is spying on you.
Gadgets That Don’t Look Normal
One particular couple found a hidden camera because their alarm clock looked fishy. The way it was connected to a wire didn’t seem quite right, which made them inquisitive. If in your rental you notice something suspicious, check it out by removing the batteries first. Check the brand or model number online to rule out if you are dealing with a hidden camera in your room.
Look Out for a Camera Lens
Do not be surprised to find a camera in a necklace, pen, doll’s eye, or even a speaker. There are also tiny cameras that can fit in lampshades, picture frames, blinds, or house plants. If you are suspicious, check out these places. You could also switch off the lights and look for that bright shine flashlight. If you detect one, the chances are high that’s a hidden camera.
Check Cabinets, Drawers, and All Other Openings
Some people found a cellphone recording under a sink in the bathroom. Who would have thought of that? Creepy, right? You see those dressers, bookshelves, or closets; those are places you shouldn’t ignore if you are looking for hidden cameras.
Get a Scanner
If worst comes to worst, invest in a camera detector. Usually, cameras that use WIFI and Bluetooth to send and receive data tend to emit an RF signal. If you like, you can buy an RF signal which detects signals and helps you locate the camera. You can find it on Amazon for as cheap as $50.
There are also apps that you can install to scan hidden cameras; for instance, Hidden Camera Detector. Whereas this might not be as accurate as an RF scanner, for $5, this might be worth your money.
What Should You Do if You Find a Hidden Camera in Your Rental?
If you happen to detect a camera in your rental room, right away, do the following. Contact your local police and ask them to investigate. If you also booked via Airbnb or an agent, report to them, as well. This is because putting up surveillance cameras is against Airbnb rules; as such, they will intervene.
Also, if the host is spying on you, the chances are that they are watching other people as well, so why not report them and stop this from happening to the next guest?
You never want to find yourself in a situation where your personal safety is compromised, least of all when you are traveling and trying to enjoy yourself. Follow these tips to avoid getting spied on.