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-admissable 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
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
Investigator turns from drugs to bugs to keep board room safe for business.Details
See all press items.
Testimonials for Martin Investigative Services:
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
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.
Kreative Webworks, Inc. Organizational Resources Specialist
We have been using Tom Martin and his company for over 5 years now. They do all of our employee background checks. They have very quick turn-around time and the work is always professional and complete. If we ever need further assistance or clarification on something, his staff is always happy to help. I recommend Tom to others on a regular basis.
I have known Tom Martin since 1984. I, as well as our company, have used Tom’s services over 30 years, personal as well as business. We have never been disappointed! Tom does what he says and I believe he is the BEST there is.
Vice-President Plastic Express
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
Successful people know that to be the best, you model the best. I cannot recommend Martin PI any higher! In a five minute conversation with experienced people you can save thousands by bypassing sales types. They do this by cutting directly to the heart based on years and years of passionate pursuit of best practices and adding massive value to their clients. They are an invaluable part of my team and Tom is my most valued mentor!
Author of Destiny's Doorstep
Martin Investigative Services has performed background checks, private investigation, surveillance and bug sweeps for our clients. They have also served difficult process in lawsuits. They have performed unquestionably and unfailingly to perfection. We will always call Martin first – and hope he hasn’t been called yet by the other side!
Hughes and Hughes, LLP
I have worked with several private investigators in my life – one about 20 years ago – for a family matter and recently, with Thomas G. Martin. The investigator from my past was not very professional and it was not a great experience. To the contrary I was very impressed with Thomas Martin who I met at his Newport, CA office, and felt confident when discussing working together regarding corporate theft. He is a true veteran in an industry that is racked with imposters. Trained by the FBI, it is clear that Martin knows his stuff. I also spent quite a bit of time on his website and was very impressed with the Case videos, and also his past news media coverage. His manner is engaging, and he made me believe that his company not only has the best people, but also the latest tools and the experience required to do any investigative job the right way and get results.
I would highly recommend Thomas Martin – especially when it comes to employee theft, which could probably save companies a lot of money if they hired him just to be trained as to what to watch out for!
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
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
Our businesses, and family, have used Tom Martin and Martin Investigative services for over 20 years. His services have been invaluable to gathering intelligence information that has led to the prevention/cessation of corporate, as well as personal, criminal and tortuous civil actions of others. The experience of Tom Martin, and his team, is evident as soon as you begin to discuss your case with him. He is able to ask the right questions, and plan 10 steps ahead. True intelligence such as this will give you peace of mind. Tom and his team are highly recommended by our group of companies.
We have used Martin Investigative Services for three decades. Their work is exemplary; reports are perfect and their testimony is very professional, with great judge and jury appeal. We will not use anyone else for our investigations.
Former Orange County Trial Lawyer Association Trial Lawyer of the Year