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Surveillance expert tells people how to locate secret cameras in hotel rooms

A surveillance expert has shown how to identify creepy secret cameras disguised as alarm clocks, mirrors, and even smoke alarms when you're staying in a hotel room.

In a viral TikTok video, user Marcus Hutchins @malwaretech films a tour of a dummy hotel room he has filled with the spy cameras you would never know were there.

"The first thing you’re going to want to look for is devices that are conveniently placed where a creeper would want to look," he says.

A good place to start your search is above and next to the bed as well as in the bathroom, according to Marcus.

He continues: "One way to see if the device is a camera is to shine a bright light at it.

"If you hit a camera lens it’s going to give a blueish reflection."

Marcus demonstrates the method on a digital radio alarm clock which – with the light beam shining directly on the screen – is clearly hiding a lens.

"Now you can test this by shining a light at your phone and seeing how the camera looks when placed under a flashlight," he says.

"The front-facing camera is the only one that tends to work because the back camera has an IR (infrared) filter."

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Since it was uploaded on September 1, the video has been watched more than 30 million times and received thousands of comments.

One person said: "Fantastic, another thing to be paranoid about."

"That's it I'm showering in clothes," wrote someone else.

A third viewer commented: "Another reason to never leave my house hahaha."

There have been a number of high-profile cases of perverts planting secret cameras in places such as public bathrooms and hotels.

One sick-minded voyeur used his job as a plumber to hide hidden recording devices in homes and spy on people for his own sexual gratification.

Another man planted hidden cameras in a hotel so he could watch women as young as 16 going to the toilet, while a similar vile offender hid cameras in the bathroom of a coffee shop.

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