The holidays are almost upon us yet again, which can only mean one thing: You’re probably going to be traveling and staying in the homes of relatives for what seems like an eternity moving forward. But spending a few days and nights in the home of an irritating relative is one thing — spending those nights in the presence of a notoriously creepy relative is something else entirely.
If you’re worried about whether or not a relative has hidden a camera in the bedroom you’ll be staying in, remember that because of advancements in technology, you could very likely be right. If you want to make sure that no cameras are present, there are a few key tips to help you find devices a particularly creepy relative may have planted, sooner rather than later.
Check Every Nook and Cranny of the Room
If you suspect that one of your relatives may have set up a camera that you haven’t been told about, the first thing you should do is also the most obvious: Check every corner, nook and cranny that you can find.
If you’re worried about whether or not the guest bedroom that you’re staying in is bugged, for example, think about where a camera would have to be placed to get a clear shot of the room itself. Look for pinholes in the wall or any unusual holes that could be used to conceal a small camera. Also, check lamps, light fixtures and even smoke detectors — you never know what might be a “dummy” object with a camera hidden inside.
Likewise, check for anything that looks like it doesn’t actually belong in the room. Items that look like they belong anywhere else but where they’re currently located are often prime candidates for hidden camera surveillance.
Don’t Forget to Listen
When checking a particular room for hidden cameras, so many people are concerned with actually seeing the cameras that they forget their ears can be just as helpful. If someone has placed a hidden camera in a room without telling you, the chances are high that it is motion activated. After all, recording 24/7 will quickly fill up the camera’s internal memory card — which ultimately won’t do your would-be voyeur any good. Make no mistake: This is something that you can use to your advantage.
When you walk into a room, stop and be as quiet as you possibly can. When most motion-sensitive cameras click on, they emit a low-level noise like a click or buzz. Listen very, very carefully for these types of noises. They won’t necessarily tell you where the camera is, just that it is there in the first place. At that point, you can continue your search until you actually find the hardware in question.
Use Light to Your Advantage
Finally, one of the best ways to find all those cameras that your creepy relatives may have planted is the old-fashioned approach: Turn off all the lights and let your flashlight do the talking.
Most hidden cameras have a clear piece of plastic over the lens to protect it from any type of dust, dirt and debris. The problem (from a certain perspective) is that this plastic is incredibly reflective — meaning that if all the lights are off and you shine a flashlight around the room, the chances are high that you’re going to spot a reflection and blow the camera’s cover.
This is a bad thing if you’ve hidden a camera and are trying to secretly keep an eye on a housekeeper or babysitter, but it’s an incredibly good thing if you’re worried about being spied on yourself.
Take a flashlight (or even the flashlight that is built into your smartphone) and shine it all around the room with the lights off. If any portions of the ceiling or wall reflect that light back at you in a way that doesn’t quite make sense, you may want to take a closer look because a hidden camera is likely staring right back at you.
These are just a few of the many ways that you can find hidden cameras that your creepy relatives may have planted in or around a room. What you do after you find the surveillance hardware is up to you — but at the very least, you’ll be able to sleep soundly knowing that nobody is watching you who shouldn’t be.