While the chances of someone peeping or spying on you in your hotel room are slim, it is better to put measures in place to prevent such from happening. It’s no secret that hotel rooms can be pretty germy places. Every frequent visitor to hotels should know to check every nook and cranny for bed bugs, stay off the hotel hair dryers and be on the lookout for any untoward activity.
However, your health might not be the only thing at stake when staying in hotels; your privacy could be, too. Chances are you have heard the horror stories about hidden cameras and microphones found in the hotel rooms of unsuspecting travellers.
Although it’s highly unlikely that hotels are spying on their guests, security experts say it’s not outside the realm of possibility.
The fact that someone has access to the room before and after the customer uses it, makes it quite easy because there are many devices available to the public that can be inserted into a room and retrieved after. Such devices are usually not high-speed stuff, and it’s not hard for anybody to retrieve them.
You don’t however have to worry much, as the risk of someone spying on an ordinary traveller is next to none. If you are a public figure, politician or celebrity on the other hand, information on you would be much more valuable, but not many of them run into anything worrisome.
More so, the hotel industry assures everyone that it is not their for hotels worldwide to have cameras in guest rooms. Not only are hotel policies in place to protect guest privacy, but the hotels would never risk majorly damaging their reputation.
In the U.S and much of the world, there is no hotel or management company of hotels that would ever subject themselves to the massive liabilities of putting surveillance cameras in an actual hotel room.
If you are however still paranoid or feel nervous about it all, you can request a room change when one is assigned—just in case the first one has already been rigged with any devices.
Try to introduce some randomness and if you do run into any concerns, it’s best to alert the hotel management and call the police.