Spotting voyeurism devices can be difficult
May 14, 2018 06:18 PM
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – It sounds like something straight out of a crime novel: your private home being transformed into an observatory of sorts.
That’s what happened to one woman in Espanola. Police in Española arrested a man who they say confessed to placing a camera inside an air freshener to watch his neighbor.
According to a criminal complaint, 67-year-old Johnny Chacon admitted to placing the recording device in his neighbor’s home. Police say the woman was changing out the cartridge in the plug inside her bedroom when she noticed a blinking blue light inside.
Officers were called to the home and discovered the camera system and a memory card with four videos on it including footage of a man who appeared to be installing the camera.
The woman told police she had known Chacon for a long time but did not think he had ever been inside her home. A detective wrote that Chacon had obviously been inside the woman’s home because he knew the exact size and color of the air freshener to purchase to make sure it matched the one she had.
It may be a rare occurrence, but it could happen to anyone at any time.
"If they’re going to install a camera, they're going to go to some piece of equipment say a light fixture that in your room and install it in there," said State Rep. Bill Rehm, a police officer-turned-private investigator.
"It's going to be pencil eraser size or a little smaller and could have a wire attached to it."
So you can check the nooks and crannies of your home, or turn out the lights and see if anything is flashing or lit up.
"If you believe you have a camera in your house there are some companies that offer sweeping you home to find products," Rehm said.
Rehm said you can always get ahead of the potential peeper.
"You have an alarm on your home, they’re going to have to enter the home and deal with that alarm,” he said. "That’s a good idea or you can have surveillance cameras in your home."
Chacon was arrested but has since been released on an unsecured bond of $2,500 with a GPS and an alcohol monitor.
Updated: May 14, 2018 06:18 PM
Created: May 14, 2018 05:07 PM
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