Nicole Muscara, a mom living in upstate New York, went to change the settings on her alarm clock one night, only to find the buttons that should have been on the back were no longer there. The clock wasn’t broken. It simply was not the one she had won at a party back in high school.
As explained within an article on The Stir, the alarm clock had been replaced with an almost identical clock. This clock was missing the buttons on the back and included a hidden camera that was watching Muscara’s every move.
One of Muscara’s best friends finally confessed to planting the camera. Until the confession was received, she did not want to believe that her friend, who had never made her feel uncomfortable and who had actually helped her try to find the origin of the camera, could be her stalker.
Many people who are being stalked have no idea that they are being watched, and hidden recording devices have evolved to make it even easier for stalkers to remain secretive about their behaviors.
New listening and recording capabilities
Stalkers now have many different methods they can use for keeping an eye on their targets. As in the case above, they can place hidden cameras. They might also plant microphones or tap phone lines.
These devices are becoming easier and easier to hide within homes and businesses. Pinhole cameras that are extremely inexpensive and small enough to be placed nearly anywhere without your detection. There are hidden listening devices that are equally as tiny and difficult to spot. Phone tapping devices are often no larger than a coin.
This type of technology is becoming more and more accessible, and easy to use. Even those who are not extremely tech savvy could easily set up a round-the-clock hidden surveillance system. You could be the target.
Are you being watched?
If you feel a sinking suspicion that someone may be monitoring you, or your business, it is wise to trust these instincts. They are often right. Some signs that you might look for that you do have a stalker might include:
- Uninvited and unwelcomed attention: This is a more obvious sign of stalking. No matter how much you make your disinterest in someone obvious, they continue to make advances and continue to contact you.
- Gifts or unfamiliar items: Someone, perhaps that you do not know well, gives you a gift, or you notice an item in your home or office that you do not remember acquiring.
- Malfunctioning devices: Some lower-end or improperly installed devices will interfere with your phone or television service. You might notice static when you are trying to talk on the phone or watch TV.
What you can do about devices hidden by stalkers
If you are concerned that your home or office has been bugged, you can get your privacy back by hiring a private investigator that provides comprehensive bug sweeps.
Our investigators are trained using the most up to date detection equipment – which has to be continually updated, as the bugs continually evolve and get harder to find.
Thanks to the easy application and the miniscule size of recording devices today, stalkers can get very creative with the way they bug your home. To give yourself peace of mind, have a “qualified” PI do a complete bug sweep of your property. A word of caution. Most private investigators, probably in excess of 98%, have not a clue how to detect hidden monitoring devices or camera. Most certainly don’t have the necessary equipment, let alone even how to operate the detection devices. This would be similar to giving the keys to an airplane to someone who doesn’t know how to fly. What is the point? Be careful of the PI who comes out a waves a magic wand around for “show time.” You are totally throwing your money away.
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