There seems to be an influx of stories of hidden cameras being found in doctor’s offices, bathrooms, changing rooms and even beauty salons. All of this is being done for the most part by very sick individuals who are just looking for a thrill. I say for the most part because some are just poorly thought out and executed security plans by companies.
What gets my goat the most is that as long as you can’t make out who the person is on the video, often there are no charges filed. I don’t get this, that is the same as saying it is okay to shoot a gun up in the air in the center of a crowd as long as you aren’t shooting directly at someone. The intention is the same either way.
What they have done is shown these scumbags exactly how to commit this crime without the fear of prosecution. That doesn’t change the fact that even though you can’t see the face, they can still see the private parts they were hoping to get on film. This means your private parts could be on some website for every pervert in the world to view while he pleasures himself. Comforting thought huh?
This issue needs to be dealt with as harshly as any other sex crime and then maybe they can curb this before it gets anymore out of hand. I listed part of a news story below and then under that you’ll find more to read. I added these to show you all that I am not being an alarmist, just stating facts.
Now if you are asking, “what can I do to protect myself”? The answer is you can either get a bug detector to scan for any hidden camera signals or you can also do visual inspections to find them. A lot of whether they are well hidden depends on who put them there. If it is a rogue employee like that guy in the news story below about the Omni Hotel in California, it can often be much harder to find the cameras as they will have time and opportunity to hide them well.
No charges will be filed against an Omni Hotel San Diego employee who resigned after admitting to placing a hidden camera inside a public bathroom at the luxury downtown hotel, police said.
The images captured on the webcam installed by former Omni Hotel employee Richard Bourque were not clear enough to identify the victims.
“Because neither victim was identifiable, the Penal Code section did not apply and the case has been closed, San Diego Police Department spokeswoman Lt. Andra Brown said.
Omni Hotel officials acknowledged the incident Thursday after being approached by investigative reporters earlier this week. …More at Omni Employee Resigns after Hidden Camera Discovery – San Diego 6
- Doctors Arrested For Filming Unsuspecting Women In California, New York – ABC News
- Hidden camera found in Walmart dressing room – WTNH
Like I said earlier this isn’t something that is a 1 in a million shot of ever happening to you, the odds are much worse and getting worse every year as it gets easier to buy and use hidden cameras. Hell, we sell cameras that are screw hidden cameras. That’s right, a camera small enough to hide in the head of a screw. The only part you need to keep out is the head of the screw which no one would ever notice, the rest can be hidden behind the sheet-rock or just about anything.
Hidden camera detectors are what can help you level the playing field here. Should you have to buy one just to not have to worry about some freak taping you in secret…no you shouldn’t have to but if you want to be sure it doesn’t happen to you…you do have to buy one. Face it, this is a sick world and you need to be on your guard. Not paranoid just cautious.
Check out the Twitter buzz:
The Story of the Summer: Creepy Hidden Cameras and the Pervs Who Love Them http://t.co/uaYcxJfv
— compactcameras (Alex Cotton) (@compactcameras) Fri Aug 3 2012
Like I said story after story and these are just the ones that are reported and make the news not to mention all the ones swept under the rug.