It’s disturbing to think that you are being recorded while in the comfort of our own home.
This sort of thing happens. We see these sorts of cases every month and we’re seeing more and more bugged homes specifically. From 1969 to 1988 the “find” rate of bugs and cameras was about 4%. Today the find rate is consistent at 16%. Technology has come a long way and, unfortunately, that’s not always a good thing.
Ex-partner bugs the home of UK woman
I recently read a story about a UK woman woman that discovered her ex had been keeping tabs on her for three-and-a-half years.
She was first tipped off about the possibility of a listening device when the man referenced things she had never shared with him. Of course, when confronted, he pointed the finger at family and friends and accused her of being paranoid.
The woman was only able to confirm her suspicions through an unbelievable bit of luck, and stupidity on the part of her ex. One night, while giving their daughter a bath, she pulled a piece of plaster off the little girl’s knee. When she did this, her daughter screamed. Within seconds, the father had called to ask what was wrong with the little girl.
As it turns out, when the two originally broke up, things were amicable between them. In fact, they were so friendly that he volunteered to do some renovations on her new home. It was then that the man (who is unnamed in the report) took the opportunity to install a bug behind her electric socket that cost him less than $300.
Upon his arrest, the man claimed he was only doing it to make sure his daughter was okay.
Are you being bugged?
Fortunately, one of the realities of being bugged is that most of us simply are not.
However, as these devices are inexpensive and widely available on the Internet, it helps to keep an eye out for the possibility and know when you need a professional to look things over.
If you have important information in your possession or are simply knowledgeable about it, you could be the target of a bug. It’s not always jilted lovers who want to know what you’re up to. Businesses have been known to hire people to bug their competitors.
Of course, sometimes it just takes someone finding you attractive. A woman from Kansas City recently found out her landlord had snuck nearly a dozen cameras into her apartment. Prior to the discovery he had made several advances, which she had turned down.
Signs of a disturbance
When you know what you’re looking for, certain things may pop out at you if you’ve been bugged. For example, you might notice a discoloration on your wall about the size of a dime. This could mean a pinhole video or microphone has been installed.
The wall may look fine, but if you notice debris on your floor, that’s a pretty good sign someone has been tampering with it lately.
If the locks to your home no longer feel right, someone could have picked them recently. They might stick or otherwise not completely work like they used to.
We keep a list of warning signs you may be bugged, here.
As in the case of the woman from the UK, if someone knows something they shouldn’t, you might want to explore the possibility they’ve bugged you. Is an ex always showing up where you are? Signs of that nature may point to a bug.
Sometimes the perpetrator doesn’t need to install a bug. They simply give it to you in the form of an alarm clock, desk radio or some other kind of electrical device.
It’s important not to let wild suspicions whirl around in your head. However, it’s also not a bad idea to have me put your mind at ease if any of the above sounds a little too familiar for comfort.
Our staff routinely provides these bug sweep services. We continually invest in the latest detection equipment and we guarantee our sweeps will find all illegal audio and video bugs in the area.