It seems we are being spied on everywhere. When the world doesn’t feel safe, schools and businesses revert to using electronic surveillance. Generally this consists of hidden cameras. Sometimes there are even hidden bathroom cameras.
Schools are using surveillance more and more frequently. This is supposed to help keep students safe. It also helps to solve crimes that have already occurred. Knowing cameras are there causes students to think before engaging in misbehavior.
Some parents also favor surveillance cameras in the schools. They think it keeps kids and teachers safer. Others view it as invasion of privacy. They are afraid that we will teach kids that monitoring their behavior is normal, that they should expect life to be like that. They think it adds a prison feel to the school.
Bad behavior can happen anywhere, including bathrooms. If cameras are everywhere but bathrooms, then bathrooms can become an unsafe environment as those who want to cause trouble at school do it the only place they can. School officials who use hidden bathroom cameras say that they are not used in showers or stalls. Hidden bathroom cameras aim at places like sinks and entrances. They are not placed in more private areas.
Surveillance is becoming common in other areas as well. Some businesses monitor their premises. Employees are left to wonder if the cameras are really intended to monitor them instead.
Department stores use monitoring equipment to assist with shoplifting prosecution. Shoppers know that there may be cameras in stores and don’t mind this because they are made aware of it. What is more disturbing is that hidden cameras have been found in dressing rooms. In many states stores can place them wherever they want, making hidden bathroom cameras legal.
Perform an internet search for hidden bathroom cameras and you will find a number of pornography sites. These sites often claim to have hidden webcams in the bathrooms at various institutions. This means that your daughter, your wife, your mother, or even you could unknowingly appear on camera while in the bathroom stall while others online are watching. If you are inclined to patronize pornographic websites, remember that the ones offering hidden cameras could be hurting your loved ones.
Hidden bathroom cameras can serve a purpose if they are not in stalls or showers. If a business or school that is relatively safe uses them, one must question why. In the quest for safety, we are headed for a world of surveillance in our most private moments. Somehow we must balance our need for safety with our right to privacy. In America, we still have that right. Let’s strive to keep it.
In case you’ve been living in a cave over the last five years or so, I feel it is my obligation to tell you that hidden spy cameras are being found in the most private areas of our daily lives. News reports are more frequent about trusted individuals or businesses violating the privacy of others without their knowing. Yes, it is highly illegal, but then it is not always the most honest or law abiding citizens that are offenders of this basic crime.
A device that can give you great peace of mind anytime you feel that your privacy may be compromised is the common “bug detector.” Bug detectors are also called, radio frequency detectors, rf detectors, spy finders, hidden camera finders, or bug sweepers. They don’t hunt for bed bugs, roaches, ants or other common pests. Instead, they seek radio frequency emissions of any kind and alert you to where they are coming from. Bug detectors can cost anywhere from $20 to $125 dollars at most online shops and don’t look twice at them if they cost more than $150. Some stores will try and charge you up to $500 dollars; they are merely looking for a distressed consumer in an emergency situation.
Once you get your bug detector, you may need to charge it or add a few batteries before your first use. But they are relatively easy to use for both beginners or experts in the field. Remember, bug detectors are passive devices, they do not emit any frequencies. Rather, once they are powered on, they search for and detect radio frequency waves in your close proximity. The stronger the frequency being emitted – the further away you can be from the source of the frequency and still detect it accurately.
Take a standard hotel room for a basic example of how to use your bug detector. You would start by powering on your bug detector and extending the antenna fully; most good bug detectors have a built-in telescopic antenna. Rotate the sensitivity knob to just barely above the mid-range point. Then choose between vibrating, beeping, or silent mode as all top-notch bug detectors will undoubtedly have. Begin walking very slowly around the room. Start from the front door and then walk in front of the TV, across the dresser, the fridge and microwave, past the small closet and into the bathroom area, by the shower head, the lights, the light switches, and even near the ceiling fan. Then exit the bathroom and check near the beds, the alarm clock, the telephone, all of the lamps, mirrors and picture frames. Finally, you’ll want to check near the windows, air conditioning unit, curtains, water nozzles for the fire system on the ceiling, and then work your way back to the front door.
If at any time during your hunt with your bug detector, you heard it make a noise or saw the light scale illuminate, then these are the areas you’d want to go back and check. Note these areas carefully, because you’ll need to go back and check them again. For this second search, start by turning the sensitivity dial down to below the mid-range point. The logic is to make the bug detector less sensitive so that you can go back to the “hot spots” and check for the signal again. Lowering the sensitivity will make the detector work harder to filter out the false alarms and to only zero in on the stronger signals. If you still are finding pings or lights and signals from the bug detector, then you’ll need to conduct a physical search in those areas and all of the objects nearby.
Remember, wireless spy cameras need a power source, so start by checking all of the devices that are plugged in or have steady power applied. Then check other objects knowing that a hidden spy camera must still have a battery pack if it does not have a full time power source. Hidden cameras are very small; many of the lenses can be as small as the font in this article or the asterisk on your keyboard just above the number eight.
This may seem to be a tedious task, but the whole process only takes a minute or two once you get some practice with your bug detector. Yes, they do take a little practice to use and they are not given away for free on the Internet. However, a reasonably priced hidden camera finder is priceless the very first time you catch someone trying to invade your privacy. Why? Because not only did you prevent someone from invading your privacy, but you can also suit the offender or the owner of the establishment.
There was a story about a husband and wife in a Hilton Hotel where the light kept flickering in the bathroom over the shower. The wife asked the husband to take a look at, and as soon as he fiddled with it the whole light fixture fell out of the ceiling along with a hidden spy camera that was left dangling from the hole in the wall. I never did hear the end of the legal proceedings, but I bet they won enough money from Hilton to buy more than a few bug detectors.
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