One of the most challenging things about staying in something like an Airbnb or a vacation rental while you’re away from home is that at the end of the day, you never truly know who you’re renting from. Someone could seem totally sweet and innocent on the surface, but little do you know that they’ve got a terrible secret in the form of a hidden camera that is watching your every move.

Hidden Camera

If you want to make sure that this is the type of situation you do NOT find yourself in, rest easy knowing that you have a number of options available to you. It’s easy to find hidden cameras that may be present in your vacation home – you just have to keep a few key things in mind.

Checking Your Vacation Rental for Hidden Cameras: One Step at a Time

Interestingly, one of the best ways to know if there is a hidden camera inside the home you’ll be staying at involves simply asking before you get there. However, you’re not necessarily going to want to take the reply at face value.

There are a number of legitimate reasons why someone might install a camera inside a home they’re going to be renting out to other people – particularly if they currently live out of state. The peace of mind that comes with knowing their investment is being looked after is often more than worth the initial purchase price. Based on that, send your temporary landlord an email or pick up the phone and just ask “are there any electronics in the home, like cameras or voice recorders, that I should know about?”

If there ARE cameras present but they were put there with the best of intentions, the chances are high that someone will simply tell you that fact. But if they give you anything other than a straight answer or if you feel like they might be trying to hide something, you’re definitely going to want to go with your intuition on that one.

Hidden camera

When you finally do arrive in the home in question, one of the first things you should do is conduct a visual check. Go online and familiarize yourself with what a lot of the most commonly available hidden cameras actually look like. Even though you can get hidden cameras that are concealed in everyday items, they all tend to more or less look the same. One hidden camera contained inside a clock radio doesn’t look too different from the others, for example. This will help make sure you know what to look for.

Then, go around the room and check in all the areas where you WOULDN’T want a hidden camera to be. Pay particularly close attention to restrooms and bedrooms. Look for items that may seem like they’re out of place – or that are larger and slightly more conspicuous than they should be. Try to think about the angles that someone would have to place a camera at in order to film you in bed or in other sensitive positions, then look for spots where those cameras would have to be based on that information.

If all else fails, or if you still think there may be something going on that someone doesn’t want you to know about, don’t be afraid to let modern technology do a lot of the work for you. You can invest in a radio frequency detector for as little as $80 and again, the peace of mind you’ll get by knowing that you aren’t being watched is more than worth it.

These devices will be able to detect if anything in the area is transmitting radio frequency information, which is usually how hidden cameras are designed to work. A lot of modern-day models give their owners the ability to remotely view the video feed, often even in real-time. If your radio frequency detector turns up anything, you can then take the most appropriate next step given your circumstances.