If you’ve ever watched a television show or seen a movie about police at the station, there is inevitably an interrogation room scene. Those being questioned are well aware the mirror could have people on the other side listening in on the conversation. Perpetrators in a lineup are well aware there is a person on the other side of the glass looking at them.

Those mirrors aren’t just props on a show. They are real and have been found in places where they should never be. Places that you assume are private may not be as protected as you think.

They are called one-way mirrors. They are called two-way mirrors. Whatever name you choose, they do the same thing. They reflect your image to you and also allow people on the other side of a mirror to see out. These mirrors can be placed in hotel bathrooms, public bathrooms, or even fitting rooms.

How to Tell if a Mirror is Safe

At first glance, these mirrors appear the same as any other. A quick finger test is all it takes to spot a voyeur’s scheme with a mirror. Place a finger on the surface of the mirror. If there is a space between your finger and reflection, it is safe. If your finger looks like it is touching, it is not going to be a good day. Notify security, the front desk, or whatever authority you deem necessary.

Voyeurs use many methods to invade your privacy. Placing hidden cameras in smoke detectors, hotel room door peepholes, and in hangers in fitting rooms have all happened in the past.

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