How to protect yourself from hidden cameras

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WAVE) — If you ever felt like you were being watched, you might be. It’s not a Halloween story, it’s real life for some in Middletown.

As cameras get smaller and resolutions increase, they can be placed in just about anything.

This week, cleaning staff at CycleBar in Middletown found one with nude pictures.

A man was cited on Friday for placing a hidden camera inside a feminine hygiene container. Police say they recorded video of the genitals and breasts.

The man placed the hidden camera in the same toilet three times.

WAVE News security expert D’Shawn Johnson says it happens more than you might think.

“Camera clarity with 4k, 1080 HD, has improved a lot, so you can take a very, very small object and put a camera on it and it can be very effective and get a great image with it,” Johnson said. .

Annie Locke, owner of CycleBar Fitness Center on Shelbyville Road, told us it was a terrible invasion of her client’s privacy.

Locke said she works very hard to keep her customers safe by always checking bathrooms and the studio.

That’s how she found the camera.

With a simple search online, it’s easy to find devices like a pen camera. But it’s not just pens, cameras can be inside anything.

“It used to be things that were out of place, but now it’s to a point now they can make the cameras look like something that actually belongs to the area you’re in,” Johnson said.

Locke said she had a security system that allowed her to see most areas of the studio…except the bathrooms and showers.

In a bathroom, the toilet paper dispenser or even the hinges that open or unlock the door could be a place for cameras.

So what are the security measures that can prevent you from being secretly recorded?

“Look. Look, shake, look behind things before you leave. Take a visual note of what’s around you, whether you’re in a bathroom, bathroom, hotel room, AirBnb or anywhere what place you are at,” Johnson said.

Some smartphones can help you find a hidden camera.

All you have to do is point your phone’s camera around the room and look for any bright red dots that appear on the screen.

These dots reveal the presence of infrared, which most cameras emit to enhance images in the dark.

Johnson says if you don’t feel comfortable, walk away.

But if you must stay, cover anything you are unsure of with a towel or clothing.

If you find something suspicious, take action.

“First, call local law enforcement and let them know and give them that evidence, let them know. Second, you need to take out your phone and take pictures of the area you are in. Notify facility management and also let them know that you found a recording device at their facility,” Johnson said.

Johnson says to turn over evidence only to the police and not to the management of where you are.

Locke told me she was doing everything she could to make sure this didn’t happen at another fitness center by raising awareness.

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