Are you traveling this holiday season? If you are, are you staying with family and friends, or are you staying at a hotel or Airbnb?
My family and I don’t travel much, but from time to time my husband and I like to go away for the weekend and stay at a hotel. We sleep on a sofa bed every night. We haven’t had a REAL bed in 18+ years. Part of the reason why we like to go to a hotel for the weekend is to sleep in a real bed (that is no exaggeration either).
When we visit hotels, I always worry about certain things. First and foremost – bed bugs. Just the thought of bringing one of those home in our luggage creeps me out. Gross!
I also worry about someone getting into our room when we are out and taking our things. Not that we pack any valuables, but sometimes we do bring our iPad or laptop.
Another thing I worry about (as does my husband) is being secretly video taped. It’s not an unnatural concern either. Many times we’ve read stories, or have seen new stories, about such a thing.
I’m sure major hotels have things in place to prevent such things from happening, but what about Airbnb places?
Did you know that Airbnb has a big hidden camera problem , yet many people are still totally unaware that some hosts are spying on guests in bedrooms and bathrooms.
A new survey shows that over 50% of Airbnb guests have been worried about hidden cameras in their rental. I’m surprised that number is not higher? My #1 worry about staying at someone else’s home is the use of video cameras. I understand why homeowners would put some security cameras in place, to protect their property. But to what extent would people go? How many are trying to capture you in compromising positions or in a state of undress for their own sick benefit?
People spying on their guests at Airbnb locations has been covered in the media a lot this year. Keep in mind those are only the cameras that were found. Think about all those other cameras that have yet to be discovered that are spying on their guests?
To make matter worse, video cameras can be very tiny and hidden in objects such as clocks, fire alarms and pictures. There are even cameras hidden in what looks like a regular USB charger.
Sadly, most people don’t even thinks twice about this sort of thing spying on them in their private moments.
There is a new product available on the market that can help provide you with peace of mind when staying at Airbnbs, hotels and other places where people could be secretly videotaping you. It’s called Scout.
Scout is a high-tech product that everyone who travels needs to have.
Scout uses the best of counter-surveillance tech in a simple design. Scout is sleek, affordable and compact. It’s prefect for taking with you when ever, and where ever, you travel.
Scout employs six special, high-powered LED lights to help users easily “scout” for hidden cameras in sensitive places. Plus, it comes with a pinhole camera to practice on so you know what you’re looking for. Scout requires users to take just a few simple steps:
- Stand in the middle of the room.
- Hold Scout up to your eye, and turn the power on.
- Scout flashes high-end LED lights that bounce off all camera lenses.
- Alert local police to any hidden cameras found.
Scout draws on a decade of experience. The found of SpyGuy, Scout’s creator, has served more than 75,000 people, including new parents and law enforcement officials with surveillance and counter-surveillance solutions. Numerous high-profile hidden camera incidents and calls from concerned individuals inspired him to design this new, intuitive solution that helps everyone safeguard their privacy.
Below is how tiny camera lenses can be. This is the one that comes with Scout for you to practice on. To give you an idea of it’s size, I placed it next to one of my rings.
I was sent a Scout to review.
I have not yet had the opportunity to try Scout out in a real world situation, but I have been able to give it a “test drive” using the included mini-camera lens that comes with Scout to practice on. It’s just a camera lens. You do not get an actual camera.
Initially I wasn’t sure what I was suppose to be looking for when I turned Scout on. When I came across the mini camera lens I could see it shining back at me in red (the same color as the lights that Scout uses). The red lights from Scout bounce back to you when it comes upon a camera lens.
I played around with it and had my husband hide the camera in different locations to see if I could find it. Most of the time I did. The times I didn’t I think it’s because the camera lens was not pointing straight. It was little too high or a little too low. The lights from Scout need to hit it head on to see it. That is why it’s a good idea to maybe move your angle a little bit to make sure you can capture the lens. It would be a good idea to do that anyway in case someone has a camera pointing at you from overhead or down low.
It’s such a simple idea. This is one of those “why didn’t anyone think of this sooner” products.
Scout is also a very simple design. It comes with 2 AAA batteries, which I would assume would last a very long time. All that is required to use it is a push of a button. That’s it.
Scout is lightweight and portable. You could easily tuck it into your pocket, purse, backpack or luggage.
Scout is not only good to have when staying at hotels or Airbnbs. Scout can also help you find hidden cameras in apartments, bathrooms, dorms and changing rooms.
Learn more about the Scout hidden camera-finder, visit www.SpyGuy.com/Scout.
You can purchase the Scout hidden camera finder on the Scout website here: www.SpyGuy.com/Products/Scout-Hidden-Camera-Finder.
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Scout would make a get gift for someone who travels, a college student or just about anyone else who needs that peace of mind. Scout is also a great gift you can give yourself.
What do you think of Scout? Does it sound like a product you need in your life?
Do you have any experiences being secretly videotaped? Feel free to share your stories.
*I received a free product sample to review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.