Bugging Someone: What you need to know

Years ago spying on someone would mean lurking round corners eavesdropping into someone’s conversation. Whilst this is still a classic method of doing so, times have changed and as a result we now have a wonderfully dangerous amount of listening and recording devices available.

Whilst bugging someone used to be the work of secret James Bond like spies, we can now all be a spy for the day with devices available on the high street and online. It doesn’t cost much money at all to be listening devices that can be disguised in any room. If you look online at hidden recording devices you will find tie clips, pens, books, glasses all of which contain a device. If you are not constantly sweeping for bugs with professional equipment you would be none the wiser to being recorded.

The person who has planted the equipment doesn’t even have to be anywhere near you in order to hear what you are saying and watch what you are doing with most equipment having signals which can reach hundreds or metres if not more. This is why each year thousands of people at work and at home fall victim to unknown spying.

Many people will be wondering how these individuals spying on you have the opportunity to fit the equipment in your home or work but there are very simple methods of doing so;

• Posting the device disguised as a present or inconspicuous looking item is a very common way in which people can get bugs into your home/work.
• Using a friend or work colleague to gain access to you
• Breaking into the building whilst it is unoccupied
• Making an appointment at the place they wish to bug and leaving the disguised equipment behind
• Listening from outside the building using special recording equipment
• Pretending to be some they are not in order to gain access to the building (usually a worker of some sort e.g. electrician)
• A very common method is using a Private Investigator who has access to equipment that cannot always be detected and can be very easily concealed
If you suspect that your home has been bugged by someone and you choose to use professional bug searching equipment you will need to scan the following areas if you hope to find anything:
• All small devices you have such as mobiles, pens, tie clips, calculators, small toys and particularly any new small items that you have recently received or has suddenly appeared in your home/work.
• Plants, Televisions and Radios are all perfect places to hide medium battery sized devices so be sure to scan all of these items.
• Plug sockets, light switches, smoke/carbon dioxide alarms are all classic palces to hide devices as they can be easily opened and tampered with without you ever knowing
• Floors, walls and ceilings should all also be checked as devices may have been hidden within through cracks or gaps.