Security cameras are a great way to protect yourself, but they can also infringe on your privacy if they aren't yours. Hidden cameras are a huge part of the problem, anyone can easily buy them online for very little money.
They can be disguised as a bathroom hook (really creepy!), a smoke detector, or even an alarm clock.
This is why you need to pay attention to your surroundings when you are staying somewhere other than your own home.
Another Airbnb guest finds hidden cam!
Airbnb has a huge problem on its hands, as renters keep finding secret cameras inside the places they have rented.
For the third time in the last three months, a guest was settling into a rented home when he noticed something odd, a motion detector in the bedroom. At face value, that could mean nothing, the homeowner has a security system to protect his property.
Then the guest started looking around and didn't find any other security devices.
It wasn't adding up. So he decided to take a closer look at that "motion detector" and was stunned to find out it really wasn't what it looked like. It was a hidden IP camera that was connected to the web!
What to do if you find a secret camera in your rental
The guest in this latest incident did the right thing. At 3 in the morning, he packed up all his stuff and reported the incident. He did get a refund for his stay, but that won't bring back his lost sense of security and privacy.
Airbnb said these incidents are rare and that cameras are not allowed in bedrooms or bathrooms. That being said, we are seeing way more of these incidents.
You'll be shocked by how many hidden cams are out there!
If you want to know what to look for, check this out, these cameras can be disguised as almost anything. We have a list you need to see.