Very sneaky with your hidden cameras Mr. Airbnb owner.
They must not have heard the rules from Airbnb -- or maybe they just didn't care.
Even if homeowners are uneasy about renting their property to guests, that doesn't make it okay to use a camera to spy on guests. If there is any recording going on on-site, the owner must let guests know.
No cameras are supposed to be in bedrooms or bathrooms even with disclosure. So, how do you know that hosts are playing by the rules? Continue reading to find out how to spot a hidden camera that is trying to spy on your vacation.
Best Tips for Spotting Hidden Cameras
It's a creepy feeling to know that someone could be watching a live stream of you in your Airbnb. Who knows what you might do when you're not expecting to be watched.
The following tips will help you spot hidden cameras that are invading your privacy.
Look for Out of Place Objects
Before getting too cozy in your new spot, look around to see if there is anything that is out of place. If you see a box or pot that is meant for decoration but it is in a strange place, look around and in it to make sure it isn't housing a camera.
If there is a cutesy doll or anything else in the home that doesn't look like it is supposed to be there, don't be afraid to move it or give it a little frisking.
Is There a Shine?
If there are hidden cameras recording you, you'll be able to see a reflection off of it. Turn off the lights and shine your phone flashlight around the room. Get close to objects that you think might house a camera.
When you get close to an object that might have a camera in it, you'll notice that the glare is more than that of plastic. Once you find a spot that is glaring back at you, take a closer look to see if there's a camera there.
Use a network scanner on your phone to see if there are any strange looking devices connected to the building's Wifi. If you see anything that says surveillance or camera, that is a good sign that there is something suspicious going on.
Disconnect & Cover
If you're getting a creepy feeling from a particular object, the best thing you can do is disconnect it from the electric and cover it up. If you're worried about the sound they're getting, there isn't much that you can do about it other than hop the cover-up muffles it.
How to Choose a Good Airbnb
Our goal isn't to scare you out of using Airbnbs but instead to educate you so you can check your rooms and feel safe. Using this company is a great idea to enjoy the city of your choice without having to go to a hotel.
There are some things you can do to make sure that you're going to the best place possible. Learning how to vet Airbnb's is important to make sure that you take the time to do your research.
Research the Neighborhood
Before you even start thinking about securing your vacation rental, you should research the neighborhood. Look online to see if the area is a high crime area. See if there are a lot of vacancies in the area as well.
If most of the houses are vacant, it could be a sign that the area is not safe. If you don't do well with ghost towns or ghost streets, this might not be a good place for you.
Are They a Super Host?
While hosts don't have to be a super host to be a great host, the super host status shows that they have kept a high rating on Airbnb. If many other people have had a good experience with them, there is a good chance that you are going to have a good one as well.
If the property you're considering doesn't have a super host, look for close by properties that do have super hosts. See if there is one that will fit your needs and you can choose the super host property instead of going with a possibly inexperienced and untested host.
Does the Host Live On-Site
Before you book, check to see if the host lives on-site. If you want your privacy, you might not want to be in a bedroom on the back side of the house. You can do a filter on Airbnb to make sure that only full homes show up if that is your preference.
Preparing for Your Trip
While many Airbnbs do have the necessities, you should be prepared in case they don't. Bring your own shampoo, soaps, and other toiletries.
You should also bring a change of sheets that you are used to in case your skin doesn't agree with the bedding that is currently on the bed. You may also opt to wear long sleeves and long legged pajamas if you don't feel like changing out the bedding.
Bring your favorite coffee or tea in the morning. Even if they have coffee, you may not like the blend that they have available.
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