Let's face it, there are scary people in the world. That's why we close our doors at night and do not want to walk alone in a dark alley. When we rent a place like a hotel or a cottage, we do not usually expect someone to watch us. We expect a rental space to be private so we can carry out our regular private activities, undress privately and be intimate with our private partner. It's a different story to have hidden cameras in areas such as bathrooms and bedrooms.
However, voyeurism is not uncommon. In Toronto, at the end of 2018, a couple found a hidden camera in their alarm clock in their Airbnb rental shop. The camera was pointed at the bed. The couple's experience is just one of many as several reports of hidden Airbnb cameras have surfaced in recent years.
As disturbing as it is to hear about such incidents, keep in mind that these cases are the exception rather than the norm. If you are worried that someone is filming you in your Airbnb rental, you can use these steps to make sure your rental space is not being monitored.
Looking for devices that do not look normal
The couple from Toronto found the hidden camera because they noticed that something was happening with the alarm clock in their room. It was connected to a cable that looked like a charger. It did not seem right. This caused the couple to investigate further. Smoke detectors are another well-known hiding place for cameras. Check if the smoke detector looks unusual in any way.
If a technical device in your room looks a little different, check the device and remove the battery. For example, you may see that the gadget has a different charger, camera port, battery type, or lamp that is not included. If you see a sketchy-looking technique, you can also search the brand and model number online to see if it's a hidden camera gadget “/>
Hidden cameras are in small objects like pens, motion detectors, Bluetooth Speakers and necklaces. There are also tiny stand-alone cameras that are 1 inch or smaller and that can hide in ordinary decor like lampshades, picture frames, indoor plants and blinds. Look for holes where someone could have placed a tiny camera. Also, turn off any lights in the room and light a flashlight in the area to search for a camera lens. The lens should reflect the light to make it easier to see.
Check drawers, cabinets and openings
Sometimes recorders hide in storerooms. An Airbnb guest claims to have found a cell phone seat in the bathroom under the sink, for example. Examine areas such as bookshelves, chests of drawers and wardrobes, especially if these areas could obscure a device that can accommodate an area such as your bedroom or bathroom.
Use a scanner