Technology has transformed the world in a multitude of ways. Most people will say that this change is for the better - everything seems to be a lot more convenient and accessible than it had been in the past.
But every so often we are reminded that the rapid advancement in technology does come with negative side effects and now more than ever we need to be extra vigilant in order to protect ourselves from preying eyes.
While we're busy being concerned about who is watching us or obtaining our information while using the internet, we tend to forget that there are other ways in which criminals are keeping track of what we do. In some cases it is as easy as installing a coat hook in unexpected places.
In recent years, there have been multiple reports of hooks in hotel rooms, bathrooms and fitting rooms being used to spy on unsuspecting innocent people.
Criminals swap the standard hooks with a high-tech alternative that includes a tiny camera which is used to record people's activities without their knowledge.
So how can you spot these camera-embedded hooks?
In May 2016, detectives in Florida investigated three unrelated incidents that involved hidden cameras in women's restrooms.
According to a post on the Sheriff's office Facebook page, the cameras were found at "Anne’s Beach on May 26th, the Circle K Store at the 99.8 mile marker of Highway U.S. One on May 28th and in the women’s bathroom at Harry Harris Park in Tavernier."
Although the hooks look similar to the standard ones, you can easily spot one if you know exactly what to look for.
They usually come in either black or white and are made with plastic. The double hook model is the most common and have a very small hole at the top for the lens. Some will have a motion detector button on the side as well as a flashing light.
Police across the nation are urging people to keep their eyes peeled for these devices and to immediately call 911 as soon as you see one.
Have you ever encountered these types of hooks?