You may think it’s only natural to find coat hooks in the stalls of public bathrooms, but according to the Sheriff’s Office in Monroe County, Florida, some of these hooks aren't supposed to be there, and in fact are being installed by people with sickening intentions.
These coat hooks are actually hidden camera devices, and have already been found in three different bathroom locations in the Florida Keys. The locations included a beach, a park, and a convenience store, all of which are very public places often frequented by women and their kids.
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The original purpose for these hooks is that of a hidden home security device, but unfortunately, that doesn’t mean they can’t be used in awful ways as well. In addition, these cameras are surprisingly easy and inexpensive to come by, which makes them a perfect tool for criminals. The hooks found by the police so far have all been made of white plastic, and have a small hole in the top portion, which is where the camera lens is located. Models can be purchased for as little as $13 from a number of online stores.
In a Facebook post from the Sheriff’s Office, Sheriff Rick Ramsay advises people everywhere to be on the lookout. He says, "Anyone who has a public restroom on their property needs to check them closely. If you find anything suspicious you think might contain a hidden camera, don’t touch it. Call us right away and we will respond.”
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Unfortunately, his warning doesn’t stop there, as he reminds everyone that little cameras such as these can be hidden in all sorts of everyday objects.
While this certainly is frightening, we’re relieved to know that detectives have been assigned to the case. Now, we know what to look out for in the future to keep ourselves and our families safe!
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