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Creepy and Most Unexplainable Surveillance Footage

Creepy and Most Unexplainable Surveillance Footage

by Ayoub Mask

Surveillance footage always has this really creepy feeling about them, especially when they show something that is occurring at night time since that's when everything becomes much scarier and more obscure. Working in surveillance has its pros and cons, but no matter how tough a person might think they are, some things will always sneak up on you when you least expect them to and even the scariest looking men will end up getting scared by that.


1. BurberryCustardbath

I used to work overnights at a hotel, and would monitor the security cameras. They would detect motion and a little indicator would blink when motion was... well, detected. Anyway, it always gave me the creeps when I'd hear the elevator ding... I'd run out to the lobby to great the guest to make sure they didn't need something or whatever, and nobody would get off the elevator. I'd watch the tapes and see the motion indicator blinking on a floor, then see the elevator open on that floor, then see the elevator open on the ground floor and the motion indicator blink on the camera down the hall. Gave me the heeby jeebies.

Also one time I was in my office in the middle of the night and it sounded like someone banged on the door with the side of their fist. Just one single SLAM. You can see me reacting to it on the video--my head whipped to face the door where the sound came from, then immediately whipped around to stare at the camera to see who the fuck was outside my door. There was nobody there, and none of the motion sensors had picked up anything. Not fun finishing the rest of that shift.

2. Vexxlyn

Had a game camera out once and I had a neighbor who would just walk through my property (I didn't care, the place is pretty and there's no back fence) But I kept having sheep go missing so I set out a camera.

The camera caught my neighbor walking by, then like 30 seconds later a mountain lion walked by it stalking him. It apparently never attacked as he was fine, but he had no idea how close he was to that thing.

3. Ganglebot

Not in surveillance, but I used to work at a college and I had to review ~18 hours of security footage once to see who was vandalising some bulletin boards. It happened sometime between Noon on Saturday and 8 Am on Sunday, so I had to sit there and review the footage.

I watched:

  • a half-dozen couples fight

  • a high-guy stare at the bulletin board for probably 10 minutes ~3pm

  • a drunk girl in heels fall over and drag her two other friends down with her (they then rolled around laughing their asses off) - ~9pm

  • a couple finger-banging in the hall ~11pm

  • a dude in a chicken costume going for a stroll ~3am

  • some shady dude in a hood wander around and press his ear to doors ~4am

4. 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.

5. markrichtsspraytan

I have a home security system with a camera that watches in the living room. I saw my cat and my dog both sitting together in the dogs bed.

The cat fucking hates the dog. I think she was possessed.

6. etchie

I edited together the footage from the security cameras outside Pulse before, during and after the shooting. Though there were many sad and/or disturbing things to be seen, the strange one was a wounded man that appeared out of nowhere.

He waved his hands for help and he cops came over and carried him to safety. I tried numerous times to rewind to find out where he came from, but he was just there or he wasn't. He didn't crawl to where he had gotten, he just appeared.

He looked like he made it out okay.

7. planet__express

This happened a few years before I started working at my current job. The elevators in my building go down to the first and second basement. Late one night, one of our security guards spots a group of people heading into the elevator at Level 4. He thinks it's curious because nobody is supposed to be in the building after midnight, so he keeps a close watch on all the lobby cameras to see which floor the group alights at.

The doors open at Basement Two, but nobody comes out. The second guard scurries down to the elevator doors while the first guard keeps his eye on the cameras to make sure no one has left. When the second guard gets to the basement elevator, he looks puzzled and searches around. He comes back to the guard station to confirm that it's empty.

Putting the building on lockdown, the two guards spend the rest of the night combing the building together but they were unable to find anyone or anything. They decide to call the police, who review the footage and see the same thing. In the end, the sighting was still unexplained but my workplace decided to stop being cheap and install security cameras in the elevators too.

8. tamales_in_the_wind

Not particularly creepy, but I used to work as a security officer and was in charge of surveillance/dispatch at a theme park. I was once casually watching a camera that was mounted in one of the ride's management office and I saw someone shitting in the desk-side trashcan

9. ThrowawayBennyPants

LPO here. I see crazy shit all the time. One of the creepiest things I have seen was a string of toys moving on its own down an aisle. It was like a duck with smaller ducks. Of course, I had to investigate. When I zoomed in, I was surprised to see that they were real ducks.

10. Chouston3

I was house sitting in a huge house and set up a canary camera near my bedroom. I had an uneasy feeling someone else was in the house with me so I set up the camera just to make sure no one came near my room. In the middle of the night someone approached it from behind and turned it so it faced a blank wall. Then a few minutes later turned it back the way it was before. It tripped the canary and I got a notification on my phone. I saw it and searched the house thoroughly the next morning and never found anything. Needless to say, I slept with my door locked the rest of my time there.


11. trudenter

(I'll share this one again)

I've posted this before, and it's been a while so see how my memory goes.

I used to work at a place which required to be manned 24 hours a day. Reason being is that I handled sensitive documents/files and if somebody needed this information in the middle of the night I would have to fetch it for them (or confirm that I have it). Anyways, security is kind of tight. Bars on windows, multiple locked doors to get to where I am. They would give me work to do during the night, but underestimated how quickly I could get it done. So like most nights, i finished my work in like 30 to 45 minutes and pulled out my phone and played games / Netflix browse reddit (since nobody else is in the building at night).

So now it is getting to be the last third of my shift when all of the sudden I hear a door close. I look to the security camera and see someone walking down a hall towards my room. At first I thought it was just somebody that came in (ridiculously) early, so I turn around and wait for them to come in. But nobody came in, and the hairs start rising on my back. Now, this isn't a really big building so I figure I'll find the guy wherever he is and start checking offices and storage rooms but come up empty handed, however i do see that a fire door had shut. I go to try and rewind the camera, but the digital recording is password protected and i don't know the password. Anyways the whole thing freaked me out, the way the person was walking down the hallway, like a determined walk right to where I was.

So, I sit with my spine tingling for the last couple hours of my shift and finally people start coming in, my replacement shows up and I tell her what I saw and at this point I figured I must have imagined the whole thing. I'm told to go home and the manager and girl who replaced me would look over the camera. After getting home I call my manager and ask what was on the camera. So they said that the video showed the fire door closing but then the video froze for about an hour, the next thing it records is me reopening the door.

12. 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.

13. WorkingClassLad 

Don't work in security. But the security guy showed me footage of an old man standing outside the building at 4 in the morning for an hour or so each night. This happened for a few weeks then suddenly he never came back.

14. misspence

In the late 90's, early 00's-- my family would put these plastic candycanes along the driveway with Christmas lights strung across the bottoms.

Shortly after installing them, a particular wire was cut in the middle of the night. My dad repaired the wire and it happened again the next night. And the next night.

It became a conspiracy on our cul-de-sac to the point where fingers were being pointed at our asshole neighbor, damn teenagers, etc. etc. Neighors set up video cameras in their windows pointed directly at our driveway. My dad even rented one and set it up.

After two weeks of this, my dad wakes me up at 2am and asks me to come look at the viewfinder on the camera.

It was a rabbit. Every night, it would trek the same path, find the wire in its way, and snip it with its teeth.

Half of our neighbors found this hilarious while a select few were kind of disappointed at the lackluster conclusion.

We ended up lifting the wire higher off the ground so the bunny could go under and, needless to say, the wirecutting bandit never struck again.

EDIT: I was 9 years old around that time so I didn't work in surveillance. Consider this vigilante surveillance.

It would probably be better to sit behind a computer screen and watch terrifying things unfold in another room, instead of seeing it face to face. Unfortunately for these women, they witnessed and experienced the creepiest things possible while they went for a jog. Yikes.