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13 People Who Work In Surveillance Describe The Creepiest Things They’ve Seen On Video

Updated August 14, 2019 21.9k votes 4.4k voters 181.6k views12 items

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The world is a spooky place filled to the brim with terrifying jobs. Take security workers; these people are responsible for keeping people and locations safe from all kinds of threats, both mortal and macabre. While this often boils down to petty offenses caught on surveillance cameras, guards can also be tasked with monitering scary surveillance videos that seem to bend the rules of reality. 

With the rising popularity of surveillance equipment - from dash cams in cars to electronic doorbells that show you who is at the door - it's never been easier to keep an eye on places from afar. With all that footage, there's bound to be more than a few creepy surveilance videos out there, and some brave souls on Reddit have stepped up to detail their most chilling stories. 

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    Flying Glasses

    From Redditor /u/release_the_hound:

    I work in a nice casino as a bar manager, and was standing next to one of my bars one night talking to the bartender. I saw a glass fly off the shelf behind him and it broke at his feet. I swore that I saw it go out before it went down, so I went to the surveillance room to double check. Sure enough, the champagne tulip was completely still, and the suddenly shot out about a foot before going down. No other glassware moved, and then I saw myself freak out on camera. Bartender is a seasoned old guy, but that one got to him.

    Is this creepy?
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    A Prisoner Who Just Disappeared

    From Redditor /u/Bb21297:

    I worked in a maximum security prison for awhile. I was assigned to central control one night, which is where the camera screens were.

    One of the cameras was for the classifications room. I glanced at it and there was an inmate in there. This was super odd because it was two in the morning and nobody was supposed to be in there. Everyone that had keys to that room went home at 5.

    Anyways, so this inmate is just sitting in there doing nothing. I got the sergeant’s attention and told him someone was in there, and gave him the spare key to the room. He went to go check it out with a couple of other people, but by the time they got there, the room was empty. They searched for like 15 minutes but there was definitely no one in there.

    Is this creepy?
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    A Mysterious Man Who Could Not Be Found

    From Redditor /u/eiram777:

    I work for a security company, we install and monitor CCTV on construction sites.

    One night (about 2am) our response officer gets a call from the monitoring station to say there’s a guy walking around one of the buildings under construction. They described him as tall, dressed in all black with his hood up, but couldn’t see his face because he had his back to the camera. He wasn’t stealing or vandalizing, just wandering around (usually homeless looking for shelter).

    So the response goes to investigate. When he gets there there’s nobody around, so he asks the station to check the camera covering the way in/out of the building to see which direction he went, but there’s nothing. He does a full patrol of the site and there’s no trace of anyone.

    The only other way for this guy to get out was to shimmy down scaffolding and he could be hurt so the response officer asks the station to do a check on all of the camera footage through the night to see if there’s any sign of him leaving. Nothing.

    The next day we ask the station to send over the stills from when they initially picked the intruder up. He’s not on any of them. Just footage of our response officer walking around.

    We were pretty freaked out talking about it in the office and it was laughed off as the monitoring officer being sleepy and seeing things, except the cameras we use have IR beams and they only alert the monitoring station when someone breaks them.

    Is this creepy?
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    A Washing Machine That Tears Itself Apart

    From Redditor /u/beatsnstuffz:

    I used to work security at a college dorm and I once witnessed one of the doors on a washing machine slowly open itself and proceed to tear itself clean off of the machine. Told my boss this ‘creepy story’ and showed him the video and he made me review camera footage for the rest of the night to find out who broke the machine despite the fact that he watched it break itself.

    Is this creepy?