Detectives in the Upper Keys are investigating three reports involving hidden cameras found in women’s restrooms.
In all three incidents, miniature cameras hidden in coat hooks were found mounted on the walls in the women’s restrooms.
The coat hooks mounted in all three locations are identical to devices available for purchase on line, sold by various companies as “home security devices.” Detectives have notified Monroe County Public Works and Islamorada Public Works and asked them to check all the bathrooms at county and city facilities; Sheriff Rick Ramsay wants to let everyone know so they also can be on the lookout.
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.
If you ever see one of these coat hooks in your hotel bathroom or elsewhere, leave immediately and call 911.
Hotels and the owners of other properties have a certain duty to tenants, visitors, and customers to keep the area safe and secure. When they fail to provide a safe environment and someone is injured as a result, property owners can be found liable.
Negligent security deals with an owner failing to show reasonable care for the safety of others. Lack of reasonable care can range from a robbery at an ATM on site or as this case shows, hidden cameras installed in hotel bathrooms.