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Unfortunately when you stay in a hotel, you’re not the only one with access to your room. Hotel rooms are vulnerable places, and it is surprisingly easy for someone to covertly hide a spy camera in them.
The people that hide these cameras find a hotel room the ideal place to do so. This gives them the opportunity to capture and record some of our most private moments.
New and unfamiliar surroundings can make it challenging to identify unusual items in the room. This is why it is important for you to know what you can do to protect yourself from these predators.
Knowing what to look for will help you protect yourself. Generally, hidden cameras will not be tiny holes in the wall, as that would require construction. To properly sweep for a spy camera you will first want to take a note of all the devices in your room.
In most cases a spy camera is going to be hidden in an everyday household object that is small enough to ship discreetly. For example it is unlikely you will find a spy camera in a large item like a television.
Most spy cameras will be hidden in some sort of electronic device. Objects that are not necessarily picked up, moved around or examined frequently can easily harbour a camera. Be sure to check inanimate objects for small tiny pinholes.
You also want to check any vents or openings in the wall where one could access and install a spy camera without drawing attention.
Examples of items commonly used to hide spy cameras in hotel rooms includes:
Tooth Brush Holder
In addition to checking objects for small pinholes, you also want to check for SD card slots, USB ports, and hidden compartments. These could easily conceal a camera.
Some spy cameras are completely undetectable to the naked eye. With these cameras all components are hidden within the object and the video is transmitted to be recorded elsewhere. These undetectable spy cameras are not expensive and can be easily purchased online. As a result, you could consider investing in a spy camera detector.
There are many types of spy camera detectors, and you may need two different ones to thoroughly sweep your room. First off, the wireless spy cam detector. This type of detector is capable of picking up signals from wireless transmitting devices. When it detects a signal it will beep to alert you.
Depending on the device, there are generally different types of beeps as the signal gets stronger. Some spy cam detectors work silently and instead have lights that alert you to a signal.
It is important to turn off all wireless devices before using the camera detector as it may pick up signals from them. These items include cellphones, wireless routers, lap tops, cordless telephones and similar wireless items. Any item that transmits a signal could potentially be detected by the device.
Make sure to sweep all areas of your hotel room with the detector, including every object in the room. Stay calm if there is a slight signal detected as you get close to the wall. You want to keep in mind there may be people in the rooms adjacent to yours that could have a wireless device. This is probably the case if your detector is picking up a signal from an empty area on the wall.
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If there is a camera in your room the detector will pick up a stronger signal near an object of some sort. Typically, a wireless camera will be hidden in objects that plug in for power. Things like a digital clock or a DVD player can hide a camera well, but to be safe make sure you still check everything else.
After adequately sweeping your room for wireless cameras, you will want to check for self-contained units. These units record to onto internal memory or SD cards, and generally do NOT transmit a signal so cannot be detected by a wireless camera detector.
You will need to be more meticulous when searching for a such devices. As mentioned earlier you will want to check all objects for small pinholes, tiny SD card slots, USB ports and hidden compartments.
An alternative option to help detect self-contained hidden cameras is to use a lens finder. Simply hold the lens finder over areas where the camera might be to detect if there is a lens.
This is especially helpful on objects where the lens is not hidden behind a tiny pinhole. Instead the camera lens will be hidden behind the glass or face of an object (like a digital clock). The lens finder will light up and reveal the camera lens hidden in an object.