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If you see this hook in a public toilet report it to police

PLASTIC hooks are commonly spotted in bathrooms and change rooms, and no one bats an eyelid.

But police have warned about a particular type of hook that is far more sinister than it looks.

Perverts have been purchasing hooks online with hidden cameras to install in public toilets, hotels and changing rooms to spy on people, NBC reports.

If you see one, the police advise you to report it straight away.

People can purchase the hidden cameras online. Source: eBay
People can purchase the hidden cameras online. Source: eBay

Australians can buy these hook devices from eBay for between $10 and $30, which are sold as home security devices or 'nanny cams'.

The hooks look like any other ordinary hook, except it includes a small dot at the top which houses a tiny cameras lens.

The concealed hook cameras are battery-operated with a small memory card, and can be mounted anywhere.

Private investigator Carrie Kerskie told NBC advances in technology make it easy to install cameras in public places and record footage for personal use.

"The battery life for these coat hooks, is two hours. Then, you just take it out, pop it in the computer, and you have all your images," she says.

"It's real simple and easy. They just walk in, hang it up, walk out, go back a few hours later and take it off."

The hook has a small hole which has a camera. Source: eBay
The hook has a small hole which has a camera. Source: eBay

 

The warning comes after Florida police advised the public following the discovery of the cameras in public toilets.

Hidden battery-operated cameras were found in hooks in women's bathrooms at three different locations.

At the time, Florida Keys sheriff Rick Ramsay told the Miami Herald anyone who had a public restroom on their property needed to check them closely.

"Keep in mind, though, that these are very small cameras that can be mounted in many locations and hidden in many seemingly everyday items."

This article originally appeared on Kidspot and has been republished here with permission.

News Corp Australia

Topics:  camera perverts police public toilet



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