Vigilance: Taipei, Taiwan

Maybe you’ve noticed, but I’m quite fond of travel.

I miss it.

That said, I don’t travel in a bubble, (which is unfortunate as it would be preferable to flying everywhere) every so often, I see and experience things that are…troubling.

But not this. This was awesome.

I found the sign at the top of this post outside a women’s public bathroom in Taipei, Taiwan in 2018. I’d really like to say it was the only one I saw on my trip. In reality, it was just the only one I took a photo of.

Apparently, concealed recording devices in public bathrooms, was (and perhaps still is) such a common occurrence in Taipei, that these signs appeared with depressing regularity outside and in every restroom I visited. From tourist attractions to department stores and metro stations.

And while I’m not one to generalise, I’m going to hazard a guess and say that they do not appear on the walls of men’s bathrooms.

Although, feel free to correct me if I’m wrong.

Feedback is always welcome. Photo by Moose Photos on

Most of the signs I saw were a lot more colourful and creative than the one above, featuring photos of a very serious, female metro employee “scanning” the stalls for illegal recording devices with a high-tech gadget. And yet, despite the prevalence of these signs and all their assurances that I wouldn’t be filmed whilst spending a penny, they didn’t make me feel any better.

They made me angry.

As if I’d been given one more thing to add to my list of: Things To Be Vigilant About When I Travel.

Which is really more of a book now.
Photo by Negative Space on

Then, in the interest of fairness, I did a quick (extremely careful) Google search for similar incidents closer to home. Turns out this whole filming-folks-on-the-toot shenanigans isn’t limited to Taiwan.

It’s happening all over.

Even in my own country where it occurs in Airbnb accommodation, sublet rooms and even the bathrooms of live-in Nannies and housekeepers.


I guess I need to also add it to my list of: Things To Be Vigilant About As A Female On Planet Earth.

Volume 96.

Or maybe I’m reading too much into it.


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