Couple shocked to discover 'spy camera hidden in a digital clock pointed at their bed' in Airbnb flat
The man, who was staying in the flat with his girlfriend, picked up the clock to get a better look and was shocked to find that the host may have been recording the pair.
A British couple lived through a vacationer's worst nightmare when they discovered a spy camera which was pointed at their bed in an Airbnb flat. Dougie Hamilton shared that the camera was hidden in a digital clock which itself looked suspicious as it was connected to a wire "like a phone charger". According to the 34-year-old, he and his girlfriend had just been back at their Airbnb flat after spending a day sightseeing in Toronto, Canada when he discovered the clock. As reported by the Daily Record, Hamilton picked up the clock to get a better look and was shocked to find that the host may have been recording the pair.
The Glasglow native alerted Airbnb as well as the police both of whom are investigating. He shared, "(Airbnb) told us the property owner has six other properties and hundreds of reviews, so it looks like we’ve been lucky. We were only in the place for 20 minutes when I noticed the clock. We’d had a busy day around the city and finally were able to get to the Airbnb and relax".
"I just happened to be facing this clock and was staring at it for about 10 minutes. There was just something in my head that made me feel a bit uneasy. It was connected to a wire like a phone charger which wasn’t quite right. The weirdest thing was, I’d seen a video on Facebook about cameras and how they could be hidden and they had a clock with one in it, too," Hamilton recalled.
"When I saw the clock, I thought, ‘Do I want to be the crazy guy that checks a digital clock for cameras now?’ In my head, I felt a bit weird even thinking it and I kept telling myself not to be daft. But there was just something. I took the charger out of it and saw there was a lithium battery in the back. At this point, I slid the front facing off the clock and could see there actually was a camera," he added.
He also shared that the camera was facing the living area and the open-plan bedroom and had eyes on "everything". "We didn’t know if the owner had been watching. It just felt really creepy and we didn’t want to stay. We’re innocent-minded people but the clock was facing where our bed was and we thought it might be for something more sinister like a sex ring," Dougie continued.
"We received a call last Thursday regarding what appeared to be a video camera in a clock in an apartment. The investigation is continuing," a spokeswoman for the Toronto police shared. Hamilton and his girlfriend who has chosen to remain anonymous lodged an official complaint with Airbnb.
"Airbnb passed it on to their security team. They told us to pick one of three luxury hotels close by and said we could leave the Airbnb and get a full refund. They said they would be canceling upcoming reservations for the owner’s properties," Hamilton added. Even though the couple went through this unpleasant and shocking experience, Hamilton says he will continue to use Airbnbs during his trip. "I’ll be giving the room a quick scan when I check in," he shared.