Criminals are using tiny hidden cameras to record women in their homes, in dressing rooms and in restrooms. They're even pointing cameras right up the skirts of women on the street. Crime expert Candice DeLong explains what to look for, and how to protect yourself.



Cutting Off Hidden Cameras
  • Be aware that portable cameras can be used in crowds, like malls, beaches, parks or gyms. They are often hidden in duffel or gym bags.
  • Spy stores sell special portable cameras with tiny lenses hidden in hats, eyeglass frames, shirt buttons and pens.
  • Cell phones equipped with cameras are being used to secretly take pictures of women undressing. A common target is the gym.
  • Fixed cameras are more elaborate and invasive. Voyeurs pick a location, hide the camera, and wait for you to come to them.
  • Hotels, locker rooms, dressing rooms and bathrooms are common hiding places for fixed cameras.
  • Other common locations for fixed cameras are above toilets and beds. In some cases, landlords have planted cameras and put the footage on pornographic websites.
  • Fixed cameras can also be disguised as common household items: inside clock radios, smoke detectors, picture frames, lamps, tissue boxes and even stuffed animals.
  • If you're concerned about privacy in a bedroom or bathroom, examine all items and search for any small holes or openings. If you see glass, it could be a lens.
  • The best test is to make sure the product does what it should. For instance, cameras disguised as clock radios won't play music.
  • If you become suspicious that someone is recording you with a hidden camera, report it to the police.

Candice DeLong
A former FBI agent, Candice DeLong is the crime expert on Lifetime's What Should You Do? The show airs Saturdays at 11 p.m. ET.

Please note: The information regarding safety and survival tips are suggestions only. There is no guarantee that these suggested techniques will prevent injury or death.

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