Technology has enhanced our lives in many ways, but this enhancement has come as the potential double edge sword. While it has allowed up to view into places when we are not around, it has also allowed others to do the same to us.
Peeling back the veil of privacy can sometimes be a necessary evil, especially as it can be difficult for parents to be in more places than one. However, there is always the potential that someone could be using this same technology for nefarious reasons and thus, we are required to be on our guard even in our own homes.
Know Your Surroundings
The first element of being able to locate a hidden camera is to know your surroundings. Look for things out of place, moved from their normal location or for things that don’t belong in the room. Your eye can pick up subtle changes in a room and while it might not always be conscious, this is what leads to that feeling of being watched.
Essentially, you have noticed something is out of place in the room but your conscious is busy dealing with the reason why you are in the room so it is quickly dismissed. Don’t dismiss it, begin scanning the room for what is out of place.
Scan Don’t Look
When you suspect there might be a hidden camera, it is important to scan the room and not look at the room. Move your eyes in a pattern from right to left if your are right handed and left to right if you are left handed. While scanning, don’t focus on anything specific as you are wanting to catch changes out of the “corner of your eye” so to speak.
Let the eye perform its natural function and it will be drawn to the most likely object out of place or seemingly different from the rest. If you look at the room, all you will see is the room and you will see it as the whole, not the individual parts.
Check The Obvious First
Ask yourself the question, where is the most obvious place to hide a camera and physically check those locations. Importantly, what might seem obvious placement points for you might not be obvious to the person placing the camera.
The point of this exercise is not necessarily to find the camera as if the person with the camera were smart they would avoid all obvious places but to eliminate those locations as a hiding spot in your mind.
Don’t Stop With One
Often multiple cameras will be used to cover different angles. Even in cases where it is an amateur job, multiple cameras can be used to ensure total coverage. Therefore, if you spot on camera that doesn’t mean you saw them all and there are probably others lurking about. So don’t stop you looking or your scan until you are satisfied that all the cameras have been located.
Doesn’t Make Sense
If it doesn’t make sense to hide a camera in a spot, that is a good enough reason to check that spot. For example, it might not seem to make sense to place a hidden camera above a shower head in the bathroom but if the camera is located properly it can use the reflection off of the mirror to cover angles that might not be covered by other cameras. The same can apply to just about any spot so check everywhere, including under the bed.
Turn Off The Light
Some cameras are designed to trigger with motion. After you make your initial scan, turn off the light in the room. With the light off, look for any unusual glow or lights that might indicate the location of a camera.
Be sure to check every glow to make sure they are not using an ambient glow to make the light from the camera. Of course, turn the lights back on before checking those areas so you can clearly see but people make mistakes and they might not expect you to check the room for a camera with the lights off.
Use A Detector
Even with diligent looking and scanning and with physical searching, it is still possible to miss a camera or two. The only way to be absolutely certain is by using a dedicated detector.
There are several available online and they come with various capabilities as well. If hidden cameras are a serious concern for you, consider purchasing a detector.
Since technology typically moves faster than the court systems, the use of a hidden camera may or may not be a liability. The same with the detectors. Thus, depending on your situation a review of all relevant rules and regulations regarding cameras and privacy should be reviewed.
In some circumstances, the introduction of an attorney may be required. You have a right to privacy, but you are also the first line of defense in protecting your privacy.