There’s nothing unusual about seeing a coat hook in a public bathroom and that’s exactly what makes a crime involving them so insidious. Despite their unassuming appearance—these are no ordinary hooks. They’re a high-tech peephole.
As the Sun-Sentinel reports, police are warning the public about hidden cameras that have been found in public restrooms in the Florida Keys. So far, three tiny devices hidden inside coat hooks have been discovered — much like the one used to spy on a female worker on an oil rig.
The cameras are commonly marketed as security devices and can be bought cheaply online. Motion detectors in the camera were set to start recording video when someone entered the restroom. Police stressed that the cameras can be hidden nearly anywhere:
“[T]hese are very small cameras that can be mounted in many locations and hidden in many seemingly every-day items,” said Sheriff Rick Ramsey in a public statement.
How can one tell if coat hook is suspicious? Experts suggest looking for coat hooks hung at an odd level.
According to WZVN News, hidden cameras can also be placed in vents and on sinks, and have been found in restrooms, hotel rooms, and dressing rooms.