This handy tool detects hidden cameras in vacation rentals

Protect your privacy while on vacation.
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Airbnb strictly forbids its hosts from placing undisclosed cameras around their rental properties. But as with all rules, not everyone abides, with some owners trying to be discreet, hiding tiny cameras in obscure places like power outlets, remote controls, lamps, and vents. Of course, the majority of hosts and property managers know how to respect the privacy of their renters, but these days, you can never be too sure.

For your peace of mind in your home-away-from-home, it’s worth bringing a tool that’s capable of detecting hidden cameras. Just in time for vacation season, the 2-pack of the Scout Hidden Camera Detector is on sale for $99.99, thanks to our exclusive Deals Day event.

In a survey of 2,000 Airbnb guests, 58 percent said they were worried about hidden cameras in their rental. You can escape from being part of that demographic with Scout, as it’s specifically designed to find all hidden cameras. It uses high-powered LEDs that reflect off camera lenses, so whether it’s a stealthy CCTV camera, iPhone, or a spy camera, Scout can spot it.

This tool is incredibly easy to use, too. Simply look through its aperture, stand five to 15 feet directly in front of the item you think may be concealing a hidden camera, and you’ll see a pinpoint of bright red light if there is indeed a camera. It also comes with a practice camera lens, so you can prep for finding sneaky lenses prior to your trip.

The Scout is powered by 2 AA batteries, and with regular use, it can work well for over a year. Plus, it’s lightweight, so it’s great for toting around Airbnbs, hotels, restrooms, and more.

Normally retailing for $179, the Scout Hidden Camera Detector (2-Pack) is on sale for only $99.99 from today until July 14th.

Prices subject to change.