Hidden cameras covertly placed in bathrooms are becoming a disturbing trend in news headlines as of late. These small recording devices have been found in college dorm rooms, retail stores, gas stations, and even in people's own homes. Many of these cameras are advertised as nanny cams and are marketed as a security tool, however they are often used for nefarious purposes. 

Finding these miniature devices can seem like an impossible task. In fact, many times celebrities and those with wealth employ professional “bug sweepers” to find covert cameras and eavesdropping devices in their residences or in their places of business. This is not a luxury many of us can afford, so here are some simple tips to see if you are being monitored. 

  1. Check for the Obvious: Many criminals who which to invade your privacy are not the brightest bulbs. Some are often times sloppy in their camera installation or placement because of their impatience to acquire the lurid intelligence.

    Look for indicators that are obvious such as blinking lights in dark areas. This would be indicative of someone hastily hiding a small, hand-held camera in a shadowy corner. Is a battery hanging out of a soap dispenser? Why is there a hole in that soda can and why is it pointed toward the locker room shower? 

  2. Look For Things That Are Out of Place:  Covert cameras can be hidden in all manner of concealments from toothbrushes to shaving cream cans to even shower heads. Once again, look for the bad guy's slip up. Sometimes these camera disguises can look totally out of place. Would you normally find an abandoned shaving cream can in a public restroom? In a recent case, a criminal hid a camera in a motion detector and placed it in a bathroom. What normal business owner would put a motion sensor in a retail store bathroom? 

  3. Determine the Intentions of Repeat Visitors:  If you are suspicious that you are being recorded, determine who has opportunity. All cameras need power. If there is a camera in a shower head, that shower head would need batteries to power the camera. That would mean that someone would have to have the opportunity to service the batteries. Does a creepy landlord always need to “work on something in the restroom.” 

    Even if the device does not use batteries, a lot of these cameras record video to a flash card, so someone must retrieve that card when it is full to replace it with a new one. 

  4. Look for Line-of-Sight Objects:  In order for a camera lens to see you, you must be able to see it. Venture into the criminal mind for a moment and ask yourself a question. “If someone wanted to see me do 'X', where would he or she have to put the camera to get the best image.” Answer that question with at least 3 to 5 different locations and then go hunting. Look for those objects that have line-of-sight and could easily hide a camera. 

  5. Use a Camera Finding Tool:  The market is full of hidden camera, countermeasures equipment.  Most of this equipment is absolute junk but some of the equipment has proven itself to be very helpful.  The most common types of camera countermeasures equipment are called lens detectors.  This type of equipment sends a pulse of light, usually red, in the direction of the supposed camera.  If there is a lens pointed at you, it lights up as a red dot in the viewfinder.

If you find a covert camera that is targeting you, your family, or your friends, call authorities immediately for your personal protection and so that others may not have to endure the same.