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The hot button issue over the past few months has been over who uses what restroom. Unfortunately, while we’ve been dictating who can “go” where, we’ve been blinded by an even scarier truth (not a potential threat, but an actual one).
Folks, we’ve been asking the wrong question. Instead of worrying about who “uses” what bathroom, we need to be concerned with who is “WATCHING” us in the bathroom, because you might be surprised.
Recently, investigators in Florida have uncovered some very disturbing information regarding public restrooms, Hotel rooms and your privacy.
Disguised as normal looking “Coat Hooks” these tiny deviced typically stuck to walls are actually spy cameras.
“In all three incidents, miniature cameras hidden in coat hooks were found mounted on the walls in the women’s restrooms. They were found at Anne’s Beach on May 26th, the Circle K Store at the 99.8 mile marker of Highway U.S. One on May 28th and in the women’s bathroom at Harry Harris Park in Tavernier today.”
At three different locations in the Florida Keys, investigators discovered hidden cameras in the women’s restrooms. However, these cameras weren’t hidden somewhere undetected. In fact, they were usually in plain sight, and nobody ever realized it.
We live in a time where technology has made our lives more convenient, but that convenience unfortunately comes at a price. And that price is our privacy.
Motion-activated cameras that look like coat hangers have been found on the back of doors in several public restrooms, but who knows how long they have been there, or if there are more throughout the state (or country).
“Anyone who has a public restroom on their property needs to check them closely,” said Monroe County Sheriff Rick Ramsay. “If you find anything suspicious you think might contain a hidden camera, don’t touch it. Call us right away and we will respond.”
With the size of today’s cameras getting smaller and smaller, perverts are able to hide theirs inside small objects of many kind. Unless you know to be aware, you would have no idea you’re being watched.
“Nowadays, with the advances in technology, all you need to do is insert a MicroSD card,” private investigator Carrie Kerskie stated. “The battery life for these coat hooks, I looked it up, is two hours. Then, you just take it out, pop it in the computer, and you have all your images.
It’s real simple and easy. They just walk in, hang it up, walk out, go back a few hours later and take it off.”
The terrifying reality about these cameras is that they are incredibly easy to purchase, and are actually advertised as home security cameras. Unfortunately, these devices have seemingly gotten into the wrong hands.
The advertising for these cameras even show someone being spied on in a locker room.
What Should I Do?
First of all, you shouldn’t fear. These reports have only come from Florida (so far), so chances are you haven’t been spied on (yet). What we need to do is be aware of our surroundings. When using a public restroom, give the stall a quick glance and see if there is anything strange about it.
The other thing we can do is spread the word. This could have a devastating impact on someone’s life if they were to fall victim to one of these ‘peeping Toms.’ Simply making others aware that this exists gives them the heads-up that this is out there.
The media wants you to get fired up about who uses what restroom, when really we should be concerned about who is WATCHING us in the restroom. Stay alert, and let others know what to look for by SHARING this article. Stay safe, friends.