How to Detect Hidden Cameras in My Home

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How to Detect Hidden Cameras in My Home
While most people will be able to spot this camera, most hidden camera are tiny and hard to detect. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

Advances in technology sometimes come at the sacrifice of privacy. Technology today means that engineers can create cameras and recording devices the size of a fingerprint and smaller. Such devices can easily slip into potted plants, electrical sockets and lamps, completely undetected by the people in the room. Hidden cameras compromise your privacy, discretion and safety and open your life up to voyeurism. With the advent and rise of the Internet, numerous websites abound with footage of compromised individuals being recorded during the private moments of their lives. In order to detect hidden cameras in today's climate you need to employ a hidden camera detector, as the majority of them are undetectable to the naked eye.

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Things you need

  • Hidden camera detector
  • Masking tape
  • Broomstick

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    Turn your hidden camera detector on. If you're going to be scanning items up high, such as a smoke alarm or ceiling lamp, attach the detector to a broomstick with masking tape.

  2. 2

    Move the detector slowly around the top and sides of the item in question about an inch away. The closer the detector is to the item in question, the better it will work.

  3. 3

    Listen and watch for the light on the detector to start flashing or for it to emit a beeping sound, depending on the type of detector you have. This is an indication that the detector has located the kind of radio frequency waves that concealed cameras produce.

Tips and warnings

  • When checking a room you must be thorough: check clocks, radios, lamps, bags, kids' toys, furniture, mirrors, smoke detectors, flower pots, gaps and grooves, black and reflective objects. Scan anything that looks out of place.

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