Hidden Cameras 101: An Essential Guide to Staying Safe

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So here is a guide on how to spot hidden cameras in your home or hotel room and where to look.

Advanced hardware and technology are now more compact than ever and focuses on portability and ease. The growth of the internet of things is considered to be a good thing for companies and consumers. Often, the concealment of cameras in private places such as homes and hotel rooms is becoming a real concern because it allows the monitoring of individuals without their knowledge.

(Image Source: Getty Images Image shows a tiny spy camera)

Cameras In Your Home

As most people are aware, there is no place like home.

Our home should be where we feel the most safe but support worker Nicola Robinson informed the police after she noticed a concealed spy camera in her bedroom wardrobe.

Reports claim that the camera was hidden by her ex-husband, Jamie to keep track of what was happening in the house. Nicola became suspicious after Jamie began showing up everywhere she went, and after Jamie physically attacked her twice she called the police. After this incident, Jamie was sentenced to four years in prison.

Cameras in Hotels and B&Bs

Going on holiday? Have you thought about inspecting your hotel room upon arrival?

Finance company IPX1031 found that 11% of participants out of a survey of 2,000 people in the United States found a hidden camera when staying in an Airbnb.

(Image source: iStock Image shows an Airbnb app on the phone

Hotel rooms may have hidden cameras in places you won’t notice them such as in lightbulbs or smoke detectors. The purpose of these cameras can be to monitor you and identify personal belongings that could be worth stealing

Where To Look

There are a few things you can do to find hidden cameras and spying devices in your home or hotel room. The first thing you might want to do is closely examine every possible device including alarm clocks, smoke detectors, lightbulbs, and even wall décor. Secondly, you could turn off the lights and see if there are any LED lights you can see, they are usually red or green and may be blinking.

You can also use a professional infrared or Radio Frequency(RF) signal detector to find hidden cameras. Signal detectors work by locating devices that emit a certain type of light but it is easy to find these detectors online and they are often cheap to buy.

These are some of the most common places to find hidden cameras:

Smoke Detectors

A camera can be hidden where the LED on the smoke detector is usually found.


Sometimes cameras can be in the places you least expect. Even disguised as bolts and screws.


A camera can be concealed near the base of a lightbulb.


Hidden cameras can be found in the numbers or at the point where hands meet, and in alarm clocks as well.


TVs can have cameras hidden around the edge of the television and in the stand or set-top box.


A camera can be hidden behind the glass of the mirror or in the frame. The mirror can also be a two-way mirror.

The fingernail test is a way you can check whether a mirror is a two-way mirror (someone on the other side is watching you). Place your fingernail on the mirror, and if the finger in the mirror seems to be touching your finger, it might be a good idea to investigate further as this is a sign it is a two-way mirror. You can also cup your hands around your face to block out light and try to see through the mirror or you can shine the torch on your phone at the mirror.

(Image Source: iStock Image shows an example of fingernail test)

So there you have it. Now that you know how to find hidden cameras, if ever you suspect someone may be spying on you, you'll know where to look.

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Written by Mohamed Ahmed

Edited by Shivani

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