Homestays allow travelers to stay like the locals on their trip and fully enjoy the surroundings. However, hidden cameras in these homestays and hotels undermine privacy and security. Owners must disclose if cameras are installed on the premises prior to your arrival, even if they are not in working order. While hotels and homestays may have video surveillance around the reception area, cameras cannot be installed in private areas such as bedrooms or bathrooms.
Here are some helpful tips you can save for your next trip:
1. Physical search
Always start by physically looking for the cameras in the room. Improve your observation skills. Start looking for cameras in areas like bathrooms and bedrooms. If the lamp or any other gadget seems out of place, inspect it. Check smoke detectors, thermostats, electrical outlets, tissue boxes, wall outlets, desk plants, and wall decorations.
2. Mobile phones
You can use your cell phone. Turn off all the lights and turn on your phone’s flashlight. The advice is that most camera lenses, even small ones, reflect light. Any spy camera would also reflect light. If you see a reflection, go see it.
Other than that, you can enable your phone’s camera. Turn off the lights. Smartphone cameras can usually see infrared (IR) light sources. Therefore, your phone may help you detect a hidden camera through the infrared light it emits.
3. Camera detection instruments
Spy camera detectors, which are readily available online, can search for radio frequencies connected to hidden cameras. But the detector will only work if the camera is transmitting data. Many cameras now have SD cards which store data.
4. Cover suspicious items with a towel
If you find an appliance in your bedroom, but it seems odd, unplug it and cover it with a towel. Or you can hide it in a drawer or closet.
If you find a camera, report it to reception or the police and find alternative accommodation.
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