One of the problems is that these tiny, inconspicuous cameras are they can be easily purchased online. Browsing Amazon for hidden cameras is a little disconcerting. Cameras are disguised as alarm clocks, power adapters, smoke detectors, photo frames and even water bottles, most of these are wireless and battery powered. These cameras are easy to obtain, and most require no technical skills to install, meaning anyone with ill intent could place them in a public place and watch you when you're unaware. Recently there has been a rise in the media of reports of hidden cameras being found in hotel rooms even a story of a hidden camera planted in a cruise ship cabin.
Aren’t Hidden Cameras Illegal?
Laws about hidden cameras vary from country to country, so you’ll want to check your local laws to find out the specifics in your area. The matter typically comes down to where you can expect to have a “reasonable expectation of privacy.” There are specific spaces you would expect to be private, like bathrooms, dressing rooms, hotel rooms and locker rooms.
Of course, the fact that hidden cameras might be illegal doesn’t stop people from placing them, Cameras are small and often disguised, so the first thing we do is to take a look around. Not everyone hiding a camera does it most smartly, and we may be able to find them with a careful examination of the room. We are looking for the following tell-tale signs.
Wires in unexpected places or cables that don't seem to go anywhere While many cameras are wireless, unexplained wiring could lead to a hidden camera. Small holes in walls or other places It only takes a pinhole for a camera lens to see into a room. Some types of hidden cameras take advantage of this by hiding in innocuous objects with a small hole for the camera. While we are conducting this fingertip search, the operators will use broadband near field detectors; this will give us an indication if there is a wireless camera transmitting within the room.
If the hidden camera is living streaming video, we will find it using our different WI-FI and radio spectrum analysis tools we use four various tools for this will enable us to see if it’s using the local network or a radio signal to transmit its video. Every camera has a lens that reflects light, whether it's on or off. We will be able to spot a camera by doing a thorough scan of the room from multiple angles with our lens refractometers, looking for a glint of light as it reflects
off the camera sensor. Our final test would be to use a thermal imager this will pick up heat sources from any active camera lens. It would also pick up heat emitting from power sources running the cameras.