How to Detect a Hidden Camera at Work

by Adam Cloe Ph.D./M.D.

Do you worry that you're being watched at work? Many employers install hidden cameras to monitor their employees at work. Even if you are not doing anything illegal or that you don't want your employer to know about, the idea of being watched may bother you. Finding a hidden camera at work is fairly simple if you follow these instructions.

Limit your range of vision. It is easiest to find a hidden camera by first focusing where you are looking to a narrow area. The best way to do this is to hold some sort of tube up to your eye. A cardboard tube from a roll of toilet paper or a paper towel will work perfectly.

Get a light source. A simple flashlight will work for our purposes, although if you don't have one or if you want to try something a little different, you can attach some directional LED light to the outside of the tube.

Scan the room. Look through the cardboard tube and hold the flashlight (if you are using one) at eye level. Point it so that its light corresponds with where you are looking. If you see any light get reflected back at you, that could be a hidden camera.

Investigate further. Carefully check any areas where you see a reflection, as they could just be a piece of dust or other debris that causes the reflection. On the other hand, this could be a reflection from the lens of a hidden camera.

Decide what to do about it. If you find a hidden camera, now you know that your employer is watching you and also where they are looking. You can either try to position yourself so that you are less visible, or you can place an object in front of it to block the camera.

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About the Author

Adam Cloe has been published in various scientific journals, including the "Journal of Biochemistry." He is currently a pathology resident at the University of Chicago. Cloe holds a Bachelor of Arts in biochemistry from Boston University, a M.D. from the University of Chicago and a Ph.D. in pathology from the University of Chicago.

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