It looked like a typical clothing hook, attached to the back of the door leading into a changing room for families at the North Branch YMCA.
But there was a pinhole camera hidden inside, police say, and from where it was placed it had a clear view of most of the room.
The camera was discovered when a woman accidentally knocked it to the floor on Monday. She turned it over to police.
Reports have emerged of such devices being found in hotel rooms, women’s change rooms and bathrooms.
SOME COAT HOOKS ARE ACTUALLY HIGH-TECH CAMERAS
All of the devices found so far look like simple white coat hooks with the camera mounted behind it and utilizing a very small hole in the top portion of the coat hook for the lens of the camera. They use motion detection cameras inside to take video.
These are very small cameras that can be mounted in many locations and hidden in many seemingly every-day items.
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 911…
These devices can be bought dirt cheap, with ease. Here is one example on Amazon that costs less than $20. Here’s another you can buy for under $50. The company even promotes their product by saying “No one will suspect a clothes hook of concealing a camera.”
So, how do you spot one? If you know that coat hangers can contain cameras and are extra vigilant when traveling or using a public facility to undress, you’ll be able to protect yourself from unwanted snooping.
If the coat hanger has a tiny hole at the top, it very well may be a modified one with a camera. Look close enough and you may even see a lens.
If this is the case, be sure to call the police and leave the room immediately.
Watch the video below to learn more…