Have you ever had the feeling that you are not alone in your own home? Do you believe that someone might actually be watching?
If you can’t shake the feeling you have of someone watching you, you might want to find out, if for nothing else than the peace of mind.
Every year, we perform hundreds of sweeps for hidden bugs and cameras in residences, businesses and vehicles. In about 16% of these cases, we actually find a monitoring device. This sounds like a small percentage, but if you look at in terms of science, 16% is a very significant number.
Thinking of it in a different way, if a doctor told you that you had a 16% of dying if you didn’t take a pill ,you would certainly take the pill!
This post discusses who places hidden bugs and cameras, how women are typically the victims, how to do your own sweeps, and what to know when hiring a pro.
Some of the questions that many clients have when is who would be watching them, and why. Naturally, this answer varies greatly.
I’ve seen a lot of different scenarios from landlords and apartment managers, jealous ex-boyfriends, current spouses, creeps with deviant sexual practices, and stalkers. Every situation is a bit different.
Of those that contact us for residential bug sweep services, around 80%, are women. The biggest and most common fear is that there may be a camera in the bedroom or the bathroom of their house or apartment. It a terrible feeling to not feel safe at home and no one should have to live this way.
Bugs are easy to get, and constantly evolve
Many different types of bugs and surveillance devices are relatively easy to buy on the Internet.
The photo for this post has most of them, but you can also see the photo gallery of some of the different bugs that we’ve found over the years on our web site and at our sister site, BugSweepTeam.com. We’ve located hundreds of transmitters, pinhole cameras and wiretap bugs.
As technology changes, these devices are getting smaller and harder for most people to detect.
I know this from experience, as we have to constantly invest in the latest bug sweep detection equipment to detect the wide variance of monitoring devices. We’ve spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on this equipment over the years.
Before you hire a professional
Before you spend money on a bug sweep, you might want to do your own physical pre-sweep of your home.
Look for anything that seems out of place:
- Changes to the plugs
- Inspect lamps
- Look for small holes where a pinhole camera could fit
- Search shelving and behind pictures
- Out of place, new things (such as a new smoke detector)
People can hide bugs nearly anywhere in the home, and they can be remarkably hard to find.
Bugs require a power source
One of the things to keep in mind is that bugs require a power source. This can include conventional batteries but they will eventually have to be replaces. This is not the best scenario as the bad guy needs to once again penetrate the security of your home or business. Often those that place bugs use a constant source of power by attaching the devices to the electrical current.
A clever and common bug is an outlet extension, as it has the power source built into it. These are visually indistinguishable from an ordinary extension plug you would pick up at The Home Depot. It transmits up to a 1/4 mile away and also works to provide power if you were to plug something into it!
Call in a professional
A professional bug sweep is not an inexpensive proposition, because there are many different types of devices and this requires a full spectrum of equipment to catch different types of bugs.
Many so called experts out there have simple devices or wands they picked up at Radio Shack. These only provide detection for a limited array of bugs.
If you decide to call in an expert, make sure they offer an array of modern detection equipment, and more importantly that they offer some sort of guarantee. At Martin Investigative Services (and BugSweepTeam.com), our bug sweep services are 100% guaranteed to find any and all bugs in the swept area.