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

Updated August 14, 2019 22.3k votes 4.5k voters 188.0k 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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    A Man Who Likes To Stare

    From Redditor /u/ZelpherXeis:

    I work security. During the weekdays I’m doing parking, while weekends I’m at the desk solo.

    I’ll always remember this one Saturday. It was the second shift ever working the weekend and i was watching the cameras when this one guy came to the side door. He looked around inside and just before I could activate the speaker to let him know he was on private property he looked directly at the camera and stared what felt like a minute. When I took my hand away from the button he started to walk away.

    I ran to the side door to see if i could see where the hell he was walking and he was gone. The only thing that was in that direction was more freaking wall. So to this day whenever I’m watching the cameras, I’m waiting for this guy.

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    A Vanishing Bike

    From Redditor /u/tjs252:

    I used to have an apartment pretty close to my office. The office building was kind of in a business district, but it was also kind of off on its own relative to the city’s commercial district “footprint.”

    I sold the apartment and before moving into my new home, I left my bicycle chained to the building’s bike rack. It was only going to be there for a few days in that no man’s land before I was able to move into the new place.

    Anyway, one day in the middle of the week, I come into the office, walk past the bike rack and notice that it’s completely empty. The building has a bunch of security cameras and one more or less is facing the bike rack since it’s adjacent to the front entryway. I sit and watch the security tape with the IT guy. We’re watching, see everyone leave the office the night before, see the bike, keep watching, then all of a sudden poof, bike gone. We slowed the tape down and it seemed like when you’re watching digital cable or satellite and the image gets garbled. Literally it was bike there, then poof gone. In the tape’s time stamp it literally happened in one second. I assume my bike got taken to the upside down.

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    Light Orbs Around A Nursing Home

    From Redditor /u/tonytwotimes505:

    Used to see little crescent shaped light orbs floating around the back dock of a nursing home I did a little security for when I was young.

    First time I saw it I thought it was a reflection of a flashlight and that somebody was screwing around behind the building. I jumped up and ran to that door only to find that it was pitch dark and no movement of any kind going on.

    Only explanation I was ever able to come up with is it had something to do with the electrical panel energizing when the ac units would kick on. Don’t know for sure but it made me feel a little better.

    Also around that time the nurses found a cat that had been deboned, sprawled out on the sidewalk in front of the healthcare entrance. Paws and skull were the only hard bits left.

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    Patients Acting Weird In A Mental Hospital

    From Redditor /u/euripidez:

    I worked in a government-run psychiatric hospital. More specifically, a forensic psych hospital. That means... [patients] are being evaluated for sanity or are in “rehab” after a successful insanity plea (they don’t just walk free with a successful insanity plea, they go to an asylum).

    Although I did direct patient care, I sometimes picked up shifts to work nights and man the “control center,” which contained live feed of all the security cameras, opened locked doors, etc. For our highest-risk patients, there were cameras in every room. A couple things I saw:

    • Patients having very animated/emotional conversations with “unseen others” (thats what we were trained to call them) in the middle of the night in the dark. I don’t believe in ghosts and I know it was just schizophrenia, but it was still kinda spooky.

    • A guy who was in “full bed restraints” after [attacking] another patient had flailed so violently that he flipped the bed over on himself. It was a heavy plastic bed that wasn’t bolted to the floor so we could adjust/position it. That one sucked because some of the restraints came loose and my coworkers still had to flip the bed over and re-restrain him. He got a nice shot of haloperidol/ativan after that.

    • Guy painting pictures with his own feces. We didn’t stop them - everything could be cleaned so we just let him finish and then we put on special suits for restraining him and forcibly cleaning him.

    • Guy laying down in his room on the floor, flips his legs over his head and starts peeing into his own mouth.

    I worked there about a year. Fun job, but I would never do it again.

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