I live in the Bay Area of California. I needed assistance to ascertain whether a concerned relative’s home in Southern California had been electronically penetrated or bugged. I spoke with several in house corporate security officers that I have worked with in the past and they all had Martin Investigative Services as their first choice.I called and talked with Tom Martin. He suggested an electronic sweep of the home and was very thorough about what it would and wouldn’t accomplish. He was great to work with, keeping me and my relative up to speed on progress. His team was courteous, reassuring and efficient. I highly recommend Tom and his team.
Do you suspect your office or business has been compromised?
Does your home or business not feel right? Suspect you’re being watched? Are you the victim of corporate espionage?
In an age of unlimited online media, the personal, professional, and financial fallout from illegal audio and visual bugs can be devastating.
Some actual devices we’ve discovered in our bug sweeps:
Wireless camera and receiver.
Battery operated, range 100 yards.
With pin hole lens.
3-prong working electrical plug bug.
Powers off the electrical line, transmits up to 1/4 mile away.
Bug from Japan.
The Japanese have flooded the market with these. They transmit up to 1/4 mile away.
Made from a mail order kit. Transmits approximately 100 feet.
Another Japanese bug.
The market is flooded with these.
Hardwired into an unused phone wire. Mic hidden in the bedroom baseboard.
Tape recorder start up unit.
Older. Attached to a phone line and voice activated tape recorder.
Amplifier with contact microphone.
Permits listening through walls.
Why choose Martin Investigative Services for bug sweeps? Here’s why:
Current & accurate.
We use the latest from T-Berd, Oscor, CMA/CPM/OSC, Scanlock, Orion, RF Hawk, Talan, Harmonic, Microlabs, and Tektronix, among others to discover hidden surveillance equipment cameras like this.
Evidence to prosecute.
Bugging is commonplace in corporate espionage. We proactively work to discover legal, court-admissible evidence so you can fight back.
16% is a very significant number.
16% sounds like a small percentage, but imagine your family doctor gave you a pill and said, “If you don’t take this now, there is 16% chance you will die”. You would most certainly take the pill.
When your business is making critical private decisions, the peace of mind that comes from knowing your area is 100% secure is paramount.
Martin Investigative Services will find and disable every possible device that is jeopardizing your personal or business security – and we are confident enough to guarantee it.
Decades of experience.
Our team includes specialists who have spent their careers exclusively performing electronic surveillance searches for businesses, governments, and individuals.
Many of our competitors take 1-day bug sweep seminars.
Up to date, modern equipment.
As bug technology evolves, you need to change with it.
We make a continual investment in the most up-to-date, sophisticated, and accurate electronic surveillance equipment available.
You get what you pay for.
Anyone can buy a device commonly known as a “magic wand” that will only identify some wireless cameras available to consumers.
But if you are looking for complete security and peace of mind, you need a team with the expertise and professional equipment to identify and disable every possible device that is jeopardizing your personal or business security.
Potential warning signs that you could be bugged:
- Unusual static or sounds coming from your phone or phone head set.
- Changes in your phone lines.
- Business meetings where others want to sit in that shouldn’t be there.
- Radio interference.
- Phone sounds that aren’t normal to the ear.
- Someone has been in your home.
- People know more about your business or personal life than they should.
- Your television is not clear.
- Electrical panels have been tampered.
- Discoloration in your ceilings.
- New items you’ve not ordered have appeared in your home or office.
- Dust, dry-wall grit or paint appear near your desk or phone at home.
- Repair men and delivery trucks appear for no apparent reason.
- Your business secrets have been compromised in some way.
If a few of these scenarios apply to you, consider a professional “bug sweep” of your home or office.
What’s included in a TSCM bug sweep:
- A physical search for obvious unauthorized eavesdropping devices, such as digital tape recorders, recorder start up boxes attached to the phone wall plate or key catchers attached to the rear of a computer.
- Utilizing a communication receiver and spectrum analyzer, the radio spectrum 10 KHz to 3.3 GHz is examined for signals emitting from within the target area.
- With the use of a wideband receiver that covers the spectrum from 10 KHz to 12 GHz, the target area is electronically searched for any signals emitting from within the location. The equipment will detect analog, digital, spread spectrum, frequency hopping and infrared devices. The equipment will detect most audio recorders and covert cameras.
- Electrical outlets are electronically examined for carrier current devices that would transmit voice or data communication.
- All phone instruments are physically examined for obvious changes or exterior phone tap devices that would allow eavesdropping. Phone instruments and wiring are then electronically examined for unauthorized listening devices or altered wiring that would allow eavesdropping. This applies to computers, modems and fax machines.
- When appropriate, the target location is checked for infrared and acoustic transmissions.
- A non-linear junction detector (NLJD) is also used if necessary. It detects the components of cameras, transmitters, microphones and tracking devices.
All services are performed in complete confidence.
All client information is deemed confidential – before, during and after the rendering of services.
Technical surveillance countermeasure (TSCM) experts.
Case Study: Bug sweeps
Los Angeles Bug Sweep
The office administrator at a Los Angeles law firm visited our Los Angeles office. The problem: they knew they had an internal leak. When they went to court they were getting hit over the head – as opposing counsel had detailed information which they should not have had.
After a sweep of their offices, our private investigators found 2 listening devices: one in the boardroom, and a second one in one of the partners’ offices.
Martin in the news: Bug sweeps
Private investigator Thomas Martin featured in an article from the HuffPost regarding the hidden cameras found in an Airbnb stay.Details
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The American Embassy in Moscow isn’t the only place where it’s difficult to hold a private conversation.
According to a local private investigator and former Justice Department official, the business world is also vulnerable to electronic eavesdropping.Details
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Testimonials for Martin Investigative Services:
Martin Investigative Services is truly one of the best run organizations we have worked with. Fair, efficient and professional. Tom Martin in particular exudes confidence and experience and isn’t afraid to tell it like it is. That’s something we can rely on.
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Author of Destiny's Doorstep
I have used Martin Investigative Services since returning to the practice of law. Their work is first rate! Their reports are reliable, and if called upon to testify, Martin’s investigators are well prepared and extremely professional.
Former Orange County Superior Court Judge
I have used Thomas Martin’s services for many years and have found his work to be of the highest standards. He gets the job done quickly, efficiently and reliably. He is aware of the law and always submits quality reports. I highly recommend Martin Investigative Services to any attorney, business or individual who is in need of a professional investigator.
Attorney at Law
I am proud to state that I have exclusively used the professional services of Tom Martin and his firm for more than 20 years. Whenever the need arises for a private investigator, the only name that I consider for my clients is Tom. In my 40 year career as a family lawyer, I recognized the importance of professional investigators. Unfortunately, many of the investigators that I have encountered have not satisfied the professional standard that I expect. I have utilized the firm in some very delicate and discrete investigations and situations requiring a strong security presence. In every engagement, both my clients and myself have been completely satisfied. I have I have no reservations in endorsing Tom and his firm for any investigative assignments.
Attorney and Firm Principal Hughes & Hughes, LLP
Tom Martin is thorough, knowledgeable and trustworthy. We have used Tom and his team to great success and will continue to do so.
Partner Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP
It has been my pleasure to work with Martin Investigative Services over the past 30 plus years on many investigations as well as other security related matters. When I need answers and I need them fast I know that a simple call will get me answers that are succinct, current and coming from a supremely knowledgeable source.
President & CEO Patrol One
I have used Martin Investigative Services for everything from marital indiscretions to finding hidden assets for more than 25 years. Working with Mr. Martin has been invaluable to my practice. Tom Martin is insightful, creative and never fails to deliver. I endorse his firm without hesitation or reservation.
Attorney at Law
Thomas G. Martin is a private investigator who is highly regarded and widely used by attorneys and other clients in Orange County and nationwide.
I have worked with Martin Investigative Services for our company investigations for close to 20 years. Tom and the team are always professional, skilled and get right to the heart of any assignment I have for them. I would highly recommend Martin Investigative Services for any workplace investigation.
Vice President Village Nurseries Wholesale, LLC
I have known Tom Martin and used Martin Investigative Services for over a decade. They have been our exclusive resource for all our corporate investigative work and have never let us down once in all those years. Their work has always been of the highest professional level.
I have no reservations whatsoever in endorsing Mr. Martin and his firm. Their service to us has always reflected the highest integrity and quality and we continue to rely on Tom with the utmost confidence.
President & CEO Co-Pak Packaging Corp. Ontario, Canada
I have known Tom Martin and used his services for many years. I trust him with the most challenging investigative tasks.
Professional and efficient, he and his staff leave no stone unturned to get the job done.
Trial Lawyer, Former President of California's Trial Bar