For just a moment, think about how far hidden camera technology has come in just a short amount of time. Even a decade ago, most surveillance tech was the stuff of spy movies and genre fiction – it certainly wasn’t affordable to everyday people. Flash forward to today, and you can get a small, portable hidden camera device that can be cleverly concealed inside nearly any object you can think of for just a few hundred dollars. Not only that, but this device will likely shoot in full high definition resolution (with night mode) and can probably stream footage right to the Internet, making it accessible from any device at any time.
Based on all of the above, you would probably come to the chilling realization that hidden cameras are probably very common throughout our everyday lives – even when we don’t realize that they’re there. Now, when you consider that hidden cameras are likely even more common than you think they are, you begin to get an idea of the type of situation we find ourselves in as a society.
What Counter-Surveillance Experts Are Saying
In a piece that originally ran in the Australian newspaper, The Hepburn Advocate, a journalist sat down with a counter-surveillance expert in the area to discuss the “hidden camera situation” in great detail. Julian Claxton of Jayde Consulting regularly conducts sweeps for recording devices as part of his daily job. He says that hidden cameras in changing rooms and toilets, in particular, are growing incredibly popular as advances in technology in a relatively short amount of time have made them nearly impossible to detect to the naked eye.
Another problem is the fact that these hidden cameras are usually concealed in public spaces, like in real locations or other businesses. The management at these organizations are typically completely oblivious to their existence, but when they do find one installed somewhere on their property, they’re usually hesitant to come forward. They often believe that going to the police with their findings would lead to the type of reputation damage that would be difficult to recover from. Thus, it is best to address these situations on a case-by-case basis – which does absolutely nothing to calm the nerves of an increasingly suspicious public.
Claxton said that in his estimation, two or three inquiries from a business to Jayde Consulting from a local business is actually quite high. He also estimates that businesses are “incredibly lucky” if they find one to two percent of the hidden camera devices that are out there in the wild. While he acknowledges that he’s personally involved with probably only 10 percent of all reported cases in the Sydney area, his expertise still leads him to believe that “there’s a lot more going on that is not being picked up.”
He cited a few key cases, in particular, all of which are a significant cause for alarm. One student in a Sydney area school found something sitting on top of a trash bin in a school bathroom. Upon further examination, it turned out that this was a tiny hidden camera that was constantly recording to an SD card contained inside. In another case, a camera was poorly concealed in a toilet stall in a public building in Haymarket. The hidden camera was only discovered after a woman who was secretly recorded learned that pictures of herself were making their way around the local community.
Unfortunately, these are not isolated incidents. These are the types of situations that counter-surveillance experts around the world are dealing with on a daily basis.
All of this underlines the most important lesson of all – you can truly never be too careful in a society where hidden cameras are this powerful (and affordable). Never let anyone tell you that you’re just being paranoid the next time you think you see a recording device while you’re out and about. The chances are increasing all the time that you just might be right.