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How to Check for Hidden Cameras in Your Hotel Room or Vacation Rental

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Hidden Cameras in Your Hotel Room or Vacation Rental

According to a recent survey, more than 10% of people say that they’ve found hidden cameras inside of hotel rooms and vacation rentals in the past. Additionally, almost 60% of people say they’re worried about hidden cameras being set up in hotel rooms and vacation rentals.

It’s hard to blame these people for being concerned. In 2019, it’s never been easier to hide small hidden cameras in homes, businesses, and, yes, even hotel rooms and vacation rentals.

Do you worry about there being hidden cameras set up in hotel rooms and vacation rentals when you stay in them? If so, there are some steps you can take to check these places for hidden cameras before you settle in.

Here are a few of the ways that you can inspect a hotel room or vacation rental for small hidden cameras.

Begin by Doing a Quick Visual Inspection

When you first walk into a hotel room or a vacation rental, you might be tempted to start unpacking your things right away so that you can get settled. But before you do that, you should conduct a quick visual inspection to see if you can spot any signs of small hidden cameras.

The best hidden cameras on the market today are the ones that can blend into almost any room. It’s not uncommon at all to find cameras hidden inside of:

  • Pens
  • Smoke detectors
  • Electrical outlets
  • Clock radios
  • Tissue boxes
  • Teddy bears
  • Coffee pots
  • And so much more

Walk around in your hotel room or vacation rental and visually inspect all of the items we just mentioned as well as anything else that you might find.

While you’re at it, look for any unexplained blinking lights, small holes in the wall, and random wires, too. All of these things could indicate that there is a hidden camera in a hotel room or vacation rental.

Shine a Flashlight Into as Many Ordinary Items as You Can

When you’re packing a bag for a vacation or a business trip, throw a flashlight into it if you can. A flashlight will come in handy when it comes to trying to track down small hidden cameras.

No matter how small a hidden camera might be, it’s going to have a lens on it that will stand out when you point a flashlight at it. You can shine a flashlight into things like a smoke detector or a clock radio and use it to see the lens inside.

Purchase Apps That Can Pick Up on Frequencies Used by Hidden Cameras

You might not think that there are any apps out there that can help you find hidden cameras. But as Apple would say, there is, in fact, an app for that.

There are actually dozens of apps out there that are designed to help people pick up on the presence of hidden cameras in hotel rooms and vacation rentals. Download one and give it a try during your hidden camera inspection.

When a hidden camera is turned on, it will put out frequencies that your smartphone will be able to detect when you download the right app. Your phone will also be able to detect the frequencies used by other hidden recording devices.

You might want to test out a few different apps designed to detect hidden cameras at home to see how each one works. It’ll make it so much easier for you to put them to good use in a hotel room or vacation rental.

Bring a Bug Detector Along for Your Trip

Are you still using a regular old flip phone as opposed to a smartphone? Or do you not trust an app to detect small hidden cameras in a hotel room or vacation rental for one reason or another?

There is another option for you. You can buy a regular bug detector that can pick up on the same frequencies put out by hidden cameras as the apps that we just talked about. You can conduct a full sweep of a room in just minutes to see if you have anything you need to worry about.

You’re going to want to be careful about trying to bring a bug detector into a carry-on bag if you’re going to be flying. It’s better to store it away in your checked luggage.

But just like with a flashlight, it’s a great tool to bring along to ensure that there aren’t any hidden cameras in a hotel room or vacation rental.

Contact Customer Service If You Find Hidden Cameras

If you even think that there might be a hidden camera or, worse, multiple hidden cameras located in a hotel room or vacation rental that you’re staying in, take action. Don’t spend another minute in your rental if there might be a camera inside of it.

Contact the customer service number for your hotel or vacation rental company and let them know about the situation. Tell them where you think you found a hidden camera, and they’ll send someone right over to address the situation.

It’s worth noting that there are some areas in vacation rentals where recording is allowed. The owner of a vacation rental can film in common areas in most cases.

But they need to disclose this to you ahead of time in your rental contract. You also need to agree to allow the recording to take place before they can turn their hidden cameras on.

Start Checking for Small Hidden Cameras in Hotel Rooms and Vacation Rentals

As we mentioned earlier, it’s become extremely easy for people to hide cameras in places like hotel rooms and vacation rentals. Hidden camera technology is so advanced at this point that people can stick a camera inside almost any item they want.

The next time you’re in a hotel room or a vacation rental, scope out the scene to see if you see any signs of small hidden cameras. If you do, don’t hesitate to call someone about the situation right away.

Read our blog to find more informative articles on hidden cameras.

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