Florida police launched an investigation after hidden cameras were reportedly found in women’s restrooms in three locations throughout Florida.
The cameras, disguised as coat hooks, were found in three locations in the Florida Keys in May — mounted to the walls in women’s restrooms. One camera was found at a beach, one at a convenience store, and one at a park. The coat hook cameras, which had small holes on the top of them where the lenses sat, are reportedly available for purchase online.
"Anyone who has a public restroom on their property needs to check them closely," Sheriff Rick Ramsay told Local 10 News. "If you find anything suspicious you think might contain a hidden camera, don't touch it. Call us right away and we will respond."
The cameras reportedly use motion detection to take video.
Local detectives warned county and city officials to check their public restrooms for the cameras.
"Keep in mind, though, that these are very small cameras that can be mounted in many locations and hidden in many seemingly everyday items," Ramsay said.
The footage is archived via a MicroSD card, Q Political reported.
"Nowadays, with the advances in technology, all you need to do is insert a MicroSD card," private investigator Carrie Kerskie said.
"The battery life for these coat hooks, I looked it up, is two hours. Then, you just take it out, pop it in the computer, and you have all your images. It’s real simple and easy. They just walk in, hang it up, walk out, go back a few hours later and take it off."
News of the hidden cameras quickly went viral, with residents expressing their horror and disgust with such an invasion of privacy.
"Why anyone would ‘get off’ on something like a woman wiping themselves is beyond me," one reader commented on Local 10 News’ report.
Police advised residents to be on the lookout, as the cameras look identical to traditional coat hangers.