What to do about my roommate's surveillance camera?
February 4, 2014 9:49 AM Subscribe
I'm currently living in a small apartment with two bedrooms and one roommate. My roommate has exhibited some odd behavior in the past, but in the last week things have gotten weird. Help me negotiate this situation. Details inside.
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I've lived with this guy at this apartment for a little over a year, plus a year in our university's dorms. We've never been great friends, but we generally got along pretty well until last summer. I don't know what happened, but things got pretty passive aggressive for awhile. I was annoyed that he never cleaned anything, we had a bit of a falling out, and we really have only interacted sporadically since then. He spends most of his time holed up in his room, so we don't see much of each other.
He's always come across as a bit paranoid. Last summer he purchased a massive safe (think Italian Job-size), and he habitually locks the door with the hotel lock when I'm out late on weekends. This has been frustrating, as I'll arrive back at my apartment early in the morning and be unable to get inside.
Fast forward to this week. I noticed something funny about our internet the other day. His router usually broadcasts two bands, a 2.4GHz and a 5GHz. The 5GHz is obviously much faster, and was my default network. It stopped showing up a few days ago. I asked him about it, and he gave an evasive answer about how everything looked fine to him. Then, I noticed a new network named "[hisname]CAMERA." Weird, I thought.
The same day, I had to run into his room to grab a new roll of paper towels, and while I was leaving, a small light caught my eye. Further inspection revealed that he had installed a surveillance camera in his bedroom. I found this very strange. In the year that we've lived here, there haven't been any break-ins in any apartments. Furthermore, it appears that he has locked up the 5GHz network just for use by his camera, leaving me with ridiculously slow internet. (Side note: I also have some concerns that he might be monitoring my internet usage, but I'm working on handling that separately.)
This morning, I woke up, walked out of my room, and noticed that his door was open down the hallway. His door is never open unless he's home. Then I saw that he had moved the surveillance camera and it was now pointing down the hallway directly at my door, though still mounted in his room. This freaked me out. I shut his door immediately.
What would you do about this? Quite honestly, I don't feel very safe. In the last few months, I've started locking my bedroom door at night. I'd really like to feel comfortable in my apartment.