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Air B-n-B has a Hidden Camera Problem

Discussion in 'TUG Lounge' started by magmue, Mar 27, 2019.

  1. magmue

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    And it has happened in many locations, not just the one.
     
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    Exactly.
     
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    Criminal as can be. So many laws broken by doing that, screw Air BnB policy/rules!!!!! Unlawful recording in Illinois is a minor felony which carries 3-6 year imprisonment.
     
  5. Steve Fatula

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    Why am I not surprised.
     
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    The more popular that Airbnb gets, the creepier it feels. I know that others love it (and sometimes I have to use some type of vacation rental so I can't avoid it completely), but things can and do go wrong. We have had some odd things occur (dirty units, finding used syringes on the floor), and some annoying things occur (having to wait at the unit for the cable guy to have the internet fixed). If I found a camera, that would be the last straw!
     
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    I always wondered if hotels have cameras.......I don't think I would feel comfortable staying in someone's home. Just increases those chances.
     
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    I am creeped out by Air Bnb. I would not feel safe.
     
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    Creepy. Never rented from airbnb, just Home Away- a condo and two lake cottages in New England. Of course, read reviews. Always spoke via phone and email with the owners and then met in person. Knew their names and where they lived. No issues. Was great.

    That said, I still prefer being at a resort.
     
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    You wanna really freaked out, I've sent a man to prison for life for putting these around a church...... https://www.brickhousesecurity.com/...B07K1_IXfqWz2E7VDhtBgQNWPf63I2D0aApVLEALw_wcB
    People are F'ed up. I conducted the investigation and made the arrest on CHRISTMAS EVE..... Walked into a $300k house in a nice neighborhood in a quiet town to take this dirtball to prison forever. I don't trust rich people. Or anyone for that matter......

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    I would think it could happen anywhere, however, hotels would be much less likely to do so, at least the larger chains. It is possible and has happened though. But someone renting out their home, far more likely. One of a long list of reasons we won't use them.
     
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    Gee...renting a room from a stranger, sharing the house with a stranger, and you don't know his real name. What could go wrong? I have used AIRBnB to rent a house, in Roatan, but I went through the house, met the property manger the year before. My only small issue was AirBNB caused. And the "extra" $$$ I paid to use AIRBnB, a waste. But then again nothing went wrong. You would think that since AIR BNB can not get these sort of issues controlled, those "not as advertised" rentals, fake rental they would be out of business. Seems like they only can do reactive, not proactive problem solving. The great deal always wins.
     
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    It's great in theory. All these people who buy a vacation home instead of a timeshare and renting out that vacation home. I've used Air BnB twice. Once in SF and once in the Ozarks. Both were quite nice and most likely no cameras. But so many cameras are nearly impossible to spot..... The same could happen at a resort. Creepy utility or cleaning person using the footage for their own gain...... people are F'ed up.

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    Once, we rented a house in Mexico, and going through it, I found a camera between books in a bookcase aimed back at the seating area of the room, and wired to a desktop computer. I simply turned it so it's back was to us and it only 'saw' the dark inside of the bookcase.

    'Strangely', the Wi-Fi stopped working a day or two after that.

    Methinks that was our last VRBO rental.

    Jim
     
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    Exactly, and even though you may expect privacy renting someone's private residence, those expectations are far too often met with disappointment. It's just so easy for a private owner to install a hidden camera(s) in a residential property.

    Facts are no rental company, hotel, resort, etc., can guarantee your privacy 100%. It simply can't be done.
     
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    I think the more telling item in the article that describes the issues AirBnB faces is the reaction of the local police department. As far as they're concerned you are a guest in someone's private residence. The owner of a private residence has a right to place security devices, such as cameras, anywhere they so choose. Despite any policies that AirBnB may want to implement. It's a private residence not a hotel that must live by a different set of rules. A guest may have a certain expectation of privacy, but, in my opinion, it's the responsibility of the guest to approach their host to insure that privacy.
     
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    As I quoted previously, this is illegal in Illinois to the felony level. Most states share a similar sentiment and unlawful recording carries a high level misdemeanor to low level felony charge.
    This doesn't make the invasion of a person's privacy less infuriating


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    Based on my own personal experiences, I don't trust the Police (Po-Po) either
     
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    Well that's encouraging. What happened to you where the police acted inappropriately?
    For me not trusting people, I've worked cases against people who appear to be millionaires and people who live in rented trailers and everywhere in between who have raped children.

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    "Po-Po"?

    It’s kind of hilarious watching you try to fit your entire vocabulary into one sentence. :clap:
     
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    This should be expected with a new service such as Airbnb. I haven’t (to my knowledge) experienced anything like this, and generally have very good hosts and stays. However, it does seem prudent to examine a rental more closely in future.

    A quick search found many posts on how to identify hidden cameras, such as this one:

    https://m.reolink.com/how-to-detect-hidden-cameras/


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    "POPO": A Police Officer, especially the ones that ride on bikes.

    Origin: California late 1980's

    Description: Police officers that patrols certain beaches on bikes wore a vest that said PO in huge block letters on each of their chest, which means Police Officer. They usually ride around in group of two's and when you see them coming by, you see the word "PO" "PO" when they stand next to each other.

    In a sentence: "Man...here comes the PoPo to harass us again."
     
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    "Man...here comes the PoPo to harass us again"
    This is why perspective is so huge. In my area, people appologize to police for calling us to make reports. People come up to us when we're in public and shake our hands and thank us for serving the community. People are constantly bringing us food.
    And 9 out of 10 people that I arrest or give tickets to say thank you when our interaction is done.
    But in a lot of larger cities with more violent crime, police officers don't have the time/can't allow their guard down enough to be as polite as often.

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    My spidey sense is tingling.
     
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    Time to invent an affordable device that detects cameras.
     
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