LONGBOAT KEY — When an Indiana couple arrived at their Longboat Key Airbnb rental last month, they found something in the bedroom they didn´t expect. A hidden camera. According to published reports, Derek Starnes said he and his wife noticed a small hole in the smoke detector on the ceiling of their Airbnb´s bedroom on Sept. 1, the day after they checked into the condo at 623 Cedars Court. Starnes removed the device and found a microphone and a camera hidden inside. They called the police. When officers arrived, they found another camera hidden in the condo´s living room and seized all hard drives,
Comments: Airbnb? No airplane? Apparently, it´s Trivago without the stubble. How do they come up with these silly names?
I avoid using Airbnb, Uber, etc. I don´t trust that they do a thorough background check like a chain hotel or a regular cab company. This article points out a good reason to avoid them. I would not know to check for a hidden camera.
Pretty sure this happens a lot more often than people might like to think. Cameras are so small now that unless you are actively looking for them, you probably won´t find them. Many are used as Nanny cams to keep an eye on kids, etc.. There are companies that specialize in selling these types of devices and they can be in anything everything from a smoke detector, to a lamp, an alarm clock, a vase, a ceiling tile, a television, a nail hole in the wall, a bolt holding together something, etc.. There was an article on this not long ago in a photography magazine I receive.
If someone wants to film you in public or private, at anytime - it´s illegal but almost undetectable now. I´d be surprised if there wasn´t a LOT more of this going on at hotels, motels, B&B´s, etc.. One more reason to stay home and hope nobody has hacked your TV, Laptop, Phone, or Tablet - most of which have cameras on them now.
Just sit in the dark quietly, away from everyone and everything and you should mostly be ok..
many years ago doing project work for (Rhymes with Baloney) they used a "interesting" place on El Camino Real (complete with Goomba´s and and piano lounge act) for the hired help. I was laying on the bed and just idly looking around noticed there was a 4x4 plate in the ceiling where an overhead light might have been, Sloppy decor but in the middle was a brass and glass 178 Degree FOV door lens! Well, being an engineer, used leatherman to unscrew the plate and poured Gorilla Glue in the back end, stuck the camera back in and put it back together.
Then put black tape over the room side and checked out the next day.
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