Spycam Hiding Tips
I think it goes without saying that you shouldn’t be using these tips to spy on people illegally. There are legal and illegal uses of a spycam, and it’s a good idea to check the laws in your area on what those uses are. That being said, let’s get into some tips.
No one is never looking as hard as you are
This one can be difficult to get used to at first. You are the one setting up the camera. You are the one deciding where it will go. You are the one that knows exactly where it is. Therefore, it is common to get caught up in the placement and doing every single thing possible to make it as invisible as possible to you. In reality, nobody is looking for a 1mm camera lens in their everyday lives. The human brain overlooks most everything that people see and hear throughout the day. Left to their own devices, most people wouldn’t notice a new house on their street, a wall in their office that moved 2 feet to the left, a new garbage can in the bathroom, or an extremely small camera lens in an infinitely complicated landscape of clothing, books, picture frames, etc. Don’t overthink the placement in this regard. If you can pass your eyes over the area that it’s hidden in and it doesn’t immediately draw your attention to it, you’ve probably hidden it well enough. I can’t stress this enough. Don’t get too caught up on the placement of the camera. There are lots of other things to think about, and if you focus too much on this then you’ll probably make a mistake somewhere else.
Create distractions if necessary
If you are worried about someone noticing the camera that you’ve placed, it may be helpful to place another harmless distraction somewhere else near the camera. For example, if the camera is hidden in a bookshelf, it might be worth turning one of the books the wrong way around on the shelf beneath it so it really stands out. This will cause their brain to focus on the out of place book that they ultimately don’t care about, rather than the tiny camera lens that they probably wouldn’t have noticed anyway.
Hide in everyday items
This one is a big one. You’re going to have to hide the camera somewhere, and a lot of times it’s best to hide it in something else that people expect to exist in the area that they are in. This often times means cutting or drilling a very small hole in an everyday item for the lens and hiding the rest of the setup within that item. Maybe you hollow out a book on a bookshelf for the hardware to sit in and drill a small hole in the spine of the book for the camera to look through. Perhaps you stick a Raspberry Pi Zero in a curtain rod with a barrel type power supply and drill a small hole in that for the camera to look through (done it, works great). Or you might even be so bold as to drill a small hole at the bottom of your trash can and have the hardware sit under the garbage bag. I’ve actually hidden one in a motion detector before that I hollowed out and stuck a Pi Zero in. Get creative. There are tons and tons of ways to hide this stuff in everyday objects, and when you start thinking out of the box is when you really get some good ideas.
Hide high, hide low
This is another big one. It’s always best to hide a camera either above or below most people’s lines of sight. Most people only look left and right when they’re in a room. They rarely look down and almost never look up. Think about it, where are the air vents in your living room? Most people don’t know, because they don’t ever look up. Use that to your advantage. Hiding it in an air vent on the ceiling is always an option. Just be careful of the humidity and the temperature change that may cause condensation to form on your Pi. Water + Electronics = Wasted Money. Hiding it in a heap of clothes on the floor or in a hamper is also a great option. Just don’t wash your Pi. So if you know where you want to record, go in there and look up and look down. See any interesting places to hide a small camera?