Many people have at one time or another asked, “How can I find hidden cameras in my house?” There may be a suspicion of having such cameras hidden in one’s home due to legal or other situations. There are many ways cameras can be hidden in a home or even an office.
Spy cameras, or generally any camera, can be concealed in a home easily through a number of means. Today’s technology has enabled the production of a wide array of camera types and sizes. There are some that are so small they cannot be detected visually or without a careful search of every surface and item in a room up close.
Cameras can be hidden in what would appear to be everyday items such as a clock on a wall, a picture frame, a stereo system, or a decoration sitting on a table. These are just a small number of the many places to find cameras. Some of these items might be non-working replicas that serve solely as a spy camera. A smoke alarm, for example, may not really be a smoke alarm, or a mirror may not really be a mirror. A light bulb may really be a camera. A fire system sprinkler may only be a camera. Also, floor vents such as those in mobile homes are popular places to hide cameras.
Some hidden cameras can be installed above an air conditioner vent and be totally undetectable unless one is in the attic looking for it. Some spy cameras can be hidden in the attic under insulation so a visual sweep of the attic will not detect it and one must feel up under the insulation or look for any irregularities in the insulation, as if it has been disturbed. One can also look for any plaster dust on the floor which will indicate perhaps that a hole has recently been drilled for a camera. Look at any suspicious holes in the wall or ceiling. Turn the lights out and look for any small pinhole lights which may indicate a camera. If in doubt whether a camera is behind one of these, simply plug it up with some putty or plaster until you can determine if a camera is present or not.
In general, spy cameras are built to blend in with the environment and are being included in many of the pricier home security systems. Home exteriors have long included hidden cameras as a part of normal home security systems, and can now be bought cheaply at many stores and installed easily. Inside a home installation is trickier, due to the sophistication level and the fact the cameras are meant to be disguised.
Generally, the smaller and harder to detect that a camera is, the more sophisticated it will be and the more likely it will need to be installed by an expert in home security. Some spy cameras can be rigged by a person who is unfamiliar with them, simply by using a regular video camera and hiding it in a bag or under a chair or behind closet door vents.
If one cannot detect a camera visually or through a search, there are devices that can be purchased over the internet that are made to detect hidden cameras. One can also buy or build a radio frequency detector which can detect remote cameras which use such signals to operate.
There are several ways to detect a hidden camera, but they are not always easy. When in doubt, contact a home security professional for further assistance.