Ireland: Family finds hidden camera in Airbnb’s smoke alarm

Ireland: Family finds hidden camera in Airbnb's smoke alarm

April 5, 2019– Mary Greeley News – A New Zealand family was shocked to find a camera hidden in the smoke alarm of their Airbnb during a vacation in Ireland, which the father of the clan discovered as he was connecting his cell phone to the Wi-Fi.

On April 1, Nealie Barker took to Facebook to share the frightening tale, detailing that she, her husband Andrew and their five children are “avid” Airbnb users who “love” the platform — though the hidden camera spooked them into finding alternative lodging for the duration of their trip.

Barker shared two photos to the social platform, one of the surreptitious smoke alarm and a smiling shot of her kids, which her husband was able to take from the concealed camera.

The mom told Kiwi media outlet Stuff that her family had booked a three-day stay in Ireland beginning on March 3, when her husband – who works as an IT consultant – noticed something was amiss.

“He scanned that device’s ports and found the live video feed. We were all watching ourselves on his mobile phone,” Barker said of the horrifying find. The camera offered a view of the living room, dining and kitchen area.

Ireland: Family finds hidden camera in Airbnb's smoke alarm

“We have encountered lots of weird and wonderful things and like to think we take most things in our stride,” she continued. “However, this was shocking.”

Though the family had paid for the Airbnb in full, the mother felt “immediately protective” of her children being caught on camera and decided that it would be best if they spent the night elsewhere, as per New Zealand Herald.

“It was late at night, but we decided fairly quickly we didn’t feel comfortable about staying at the house,” Barker said, and the crew spent the night at a hotel instead.

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Though the family had paid for the Airbnb in full, the mother felt “immediately protective” of her children being caught on camera and decided that it would be best if they spent the night elsewhere, as per New Zealand Herald.

“It was late at night, but we decided fairly quickly we didn’t feel comfortable about staying at the house,” Barker said, and the crew spent the night at a hotel instead.

“The safety and privacy of our community is our priority. Airbnb policies strictly prohibit hidden cameras in listings, and we take reports of any violations extremely seriously,” a spokesperson said. “We have removed the host from our platform. Our original handling of this incident did not meet the high standards we set for ourselves, and we have apologized to the family and fully refunded their stay.”

“There have been over half a billion guest arrivals in Airbnb listings to date and negative incidents are incredibly rare,” they continued.

Now, Barker is urging other Airbnb users to be aware and “please share” the story.

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