12 Creepiest Things Ever Caught on Security Cameras
Paranormal activity and home intruders are just the beginning.
A doctor talking to a ghostkelsey Mcardle/rd.com, shutterstock
“I work as a doctor in a hospital in the U.K. and was on a night shift that was particularly quiet. Some of the nurses were sitting around telling this story: A young doctor was running to a crash call. Our hospital is a giant L shape, with the front entrance being at the bend. A woman stopped him and asked him which way the exit was. He directed her and kept running. When he got to the patient, it was the woman who asked him for directions. She died. Apparently it got caught on the CCTV—that that doctor stopped running midway down the hallway and gestured toward the exit while saying something to no one in particular.” —Reddit user DrBasio
Creepy clowns in Floridakelsey Mcardle/rd.com, shutterstock
In 2014, a creepy clown epidemic gripped the nation. Clowns were everywhere. So it’s no surprise that more than a few of them were captured on security cameras. The trio of clowns in this video are uniquely terrifying: They walk right up to homes’ front doors and look straight into the camera. Local news station News4Jax got wind that these videos are likely friends pranking other friends; people they know wouldn’t get too scared. But still, the videos aren’t for the faint of heart.
An angry ghost at a 200-year-old schoolkelsey Mcardle/rd.com, shutterstock
One school in Cork, Ireland, recently released terrifying security footage of paranormal activity that took place in a hallway overnight. “If it’s a prank,” said Aaron Wolfe, the school’s principal, to UNILAD, “we don’t know how it was done. Motion sensors were set off at this time, that’s how it was caught.” The video features every horror-story standby: slamming doors, flying objects, and even a “wet floor” sign floating about before smashing on the ground. If you dare, you can watch the video here. Find out about the 16 strangest unsolved mysteries of all time.
A face at the doorkelsey Mcardle/rd.com, shutterstock
Between the hours 12:07 a.m. and 4:07 a.m. one Reddit user received four notifications from his smart-home app that his doorbell had detected a visitor. When he checked the doorbell’s camera the first three times, nothing appeared. He figured it must’ve been a stray dog or cat setting off the motion sensor. But with the fourth notification, a face showed up on the screen—and it’s the scariest thing we’ve ever seen.
A disappearing bikekelsey Mcardle/rd.com, shutterstock
“I used to have an apartment pretty close to my office. The office building was kind of off on its own relative to the city’s commercial district. 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. 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.” —Reddit user tjs252
A masked man trying to get insidekelsey Mcardle/rd.com, shutterstock
In the span of one week, a masked man tried to break into one Connecticut home three times. Fortunately, the home had a video doorbell installed and was able to work with local police to get the would-be crook behind bars. Still, that doesn’t make the image of the intruder’s face any less terrifying. “He’s somebody who’s going to come in the house when we’re home, and I don’t know what his intentions are,” Sandy told local news channel WSFB. “It’s the unknown that’s more frightening than anything else.”
Someone else in the housekelsey Mcardle/rd.com, shutterstock
“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.” —Reddit user Chouston3. Don’t miss these 14 creepy things found inside people’s homes.
A strange man and frozen footagekelsey Mcardle/rd.com, shutterstock
“I used to work at a place which was required to be manned 24 hours a day … 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 now it is getting to be the last third of my shift when all of the sudden I hear a door close. I look at 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. I 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.” —Reddit user trudenter
An injured intruderkelsey Mcardle/rd.com, shutterstock
“I had been living with my godparents at the time. It was around 6 p.m. and my godfather gets back from work and asks why there is blood near the pool in the backyard. I had been in the room right next to the pool the whole time so I had no idea what he was talking about. We pull up the security footage and it shows a man jumping the fence in broad daylight, cutting himself with the barbed wire, and looking for ways to get into the house through the back. I was maybe 10 feet away from him at one point and did not hear a thing. Scary to think what could’ve happened if a window was open.” —Reddit user just-stoic
A person who never left the housekelsey Mcardle/rd.com, shutterstock
“Last week we had to call the cops when my girlfriend’s cellphone was stolen off the porch of our apartment which is a room sectioned off on the first floor of an old mansion with a fenced in balcony/porch. Officer asked to see surveillance tapes and the maintenance guy let us come along and watch to help with time frames and narrow down the footage. Unfortunately, we never saw the person who took her phone. Right about the time we expected to see someone grab the phone, however, we did see a man (not a resident, there are four of us and we all know each other) who appeared to be running from something frantically and at full force enter the only door of the building and never leave even after over 24 hours of footage.” —Reddit user muzau. Be sure to check out the most haunted places in America, if you dare.
An elevator meltdownkelsey Mcardle/rd.com, shutterstock
When guests of the Hotel Cecil in Los Angeles complained of low water pressure in their rooms, employees went up to the roof to check out the hotel’s water tanks. Instead of faulty wiring or a broken pipe, they found the dead body of Elisa Lam, a young woman who’d been traveling alone. Police deemed her death a drowning. But before she died, Lam appeared in some odd security footage taken in an elevator. In it, she seemingly speaks to someone, presses all the buttons, and peaks her head out as though looking for a person she’s scared of. The video has been scrutinized by law enforcement and conspiracy theorists. Head here to see for yourself.
The image of a wounded mankelsey Mcardle/rd.com, shutterstock
“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 the 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 OK.” —Reddit user etchie. Next, don’t miss these ghost stories from some of the most haunted places in the world that will give you serious chills.