Recently, police found more than 10 hidden cameras in the apartment of a young woman. One of the most common and easily disguised devices looks just like a smoke detector. She had found one of these with the help of a friend, and then called the police. The officers found 10 other cameras in her apartment. Four of them were hidden in her bathroom.
The officers inspected the original bugging device, disguised as a smoke detector. The wires led to a bundle of additional wires in a gray pipe. This pipe extended through her floor into the basement of her building. There, police found a computer monitor displaying video screens that showed the interior of her apartment.
Of the four cameras found in the victim’s bathroom, two were hidden in the vanity and aimed at the toilet. Two more were concealed well in the wall, and aimed toward her shower.
Needless to say, the woman moved out of her apartment, and police officers confiscated all the cameras, as well as the computer, states The Blaze.
Bugging happens illegally more often than legally
Bugging originally referred to taping voice conversations on phone lines. Today, the term also refers to more advanced forms of surveillance.
This equipment is utilized by governments, businesses and individuals who want to gain illicit information about you.
The government is required to get a court order before bugging you. Of course, individuals intent on spying do not follow the rule of law.
Using a variety of technology that is commonly available online, you can be spied on almost anywhere, by anyone.
The many different types of bugs & bugging techniques
Fake smoke detectors with integrated bugs are sold by several companies online. Many of these prop bugs are sold, because they are so realistic that they don’t warrant a second glance.
With advanced fiber optics, surveillance cameras may be quite small. It is possible to have just the lens placed at the site being watched and the remainder of the camera elsewhere.
Some transmitters are used as room-listening devices and wiretaps. These bugs are activated by simple touch tone signals.
One of the newest devices is called a “clipper chip” and this allows the person that bugged you to see what you are doing when you’re at your computer and hear your telephone conversations.
If the business for which you work has its own switchboard, you and other employees can use this Public Branch Exchange (PBX) for business purposes through their company line. When you, other employees or non-employees are making these calls, the business will be billed. Employers can use their company switchboard to record all the phone numbers called and how many times they are called. This can help in monitoring the activities of their employees.
Newer technologies include video cameras that are capable of recording through walls. Computers may soon be able to record everything you do on them.
With devices like these, it’s difficult to believe that your privacy will not be even easier to violate in the future.
The odds are low, but significant
At the end of the day, don’t be paranoid. Here are some statistics you won’t hear from the PI community – and you can hang your hat on them.
If we do an electronic eavesdropping detection sweep on a hundred homes, businesses or vehicles, we find a monitor device or camera about 16% of the time. That means about 84% of the time there are no monitoring devices to be found.
My point is very clear: have a good reason to hire us. Your call to my agency should be based on some solid evidence, not wild conjecture. If you saw a helicopter above your house last night, this is not a valid reason to call. If you heard clicking on the phone, that alone is not evidence that you have been bugged.
Many of the people that visit us want to pay handsomely for our bug sweep services, but they obviously have mental health issues. If so, we politely escort them to the elevator.
Most of these clients are asked two simple questions before we agree to perform the service:
- Are you under the care of a doctor?
- Do you think you ought to be?
If the answer to either one of these questions is “yes”, you will not be a client. Hesitation, clarification and disdain for these questions is also automatic elimination for using our services.
Think and evaluate your real life situation and speak with family before you spend your hard earned dollars on “bug sweeps”.