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Is it crazy to check the mirror and smoke detector for hidden cameras when you arrive at a hotel room, apartment or rental house before unpacking? Not at all, because all over the world there have been reported cases of hotels and holiday apartments due to hidden recording devices.

In the United States, a woman discovered two hidden cameras in an apartment rented on Airbnb, a website that allows people to rent and rent accommodation. And the woman wrote in a comment on Twitter: “In the apartment I booked I found two cameras, one in the bedroom and the other in the living room in front of the couch where my son sleeps and gets dressed.”

Only two days later, the woman discovered the cameras and immediately closed the lenses. “It was very disturbing to know that someone might have watched us undress, sleep and have intimate hours. I don’t know if I will book an apartment again,” he said on Travelbook.

Installing cameras in rental apartments is against Airbnb’s Terms of Use and making recordings is also against applicable law, at least in Germany. This problem not only affects Airbnb, but also people who make a living by renting out their homes and apartments.

It’s not just Airbnb apartments and houses that are affected. According to Spiegel Online, two men were arrested in South Korea in 2019 for installing camouflage cameras in 42 hotel rooms. A total of one thousand six hundred customers were filmed and the resulting videos were shared online.

Travelbook offers some tips on how to quickly spot a hidden camera in your rental or hotel. The first thing you should always do is take a tour of the property and look for things that stand out, especially in the viewing angles on the beds and showers. The cameras can be in the form of a smoke alarm or an alarm clock but also a camera between two books on a shelf.

But if you want to be extra safe, the Travel Book site advises you to download a free app on your phone that is specially programmed to detect hidden cameras. One of them, for example, is the “Hidden Camera Detector” application that checks both infrared and magnetic activity and also detects hidden microphones.

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