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How to detect listening devices in my home in a few easy steps.

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Do you suspect that someone may have the motivation to put a listening devices in place to monitor what you are saying? As they are readily available it is possible that a spy camera or spy bug listening device have been strategically placed. It really is easy to purchase and use these devices as they often just need charging, insert a sim card and off they go.

So, now you know that it is easy to place any use, it’s also easy and cost effective to find listening devices or spy cameras in your property. All you must do is follow these systematic simple and effective checks.

  • Complete a manual sweep of the room. Systematically sweep the room in a clockwise direction. Ensure that you check light fittings, book shelves, flower arrangements, under surfaces such as desks. pictures on the wall out of level or lampshades that are out of place. We would suggest that you review our listening devices to identify what you are looking for (shapes and sizes) and what they can be hidden in. Identify places where a spy bug listening device can easily be hidden.
  • Use an RF spy bug detector. As listening devices are often hidden inside a domestic product such as a mains charger or usb charger, smoke alarm or even a table lamp. Reflect and identify any items that have recently been added to your room. It is possible that they have been placed with the device installed inside recently. To determine if the product has a listening device inside, you will need a spy bug detector. These can be sourced from as little as £25. These devices pick up the radio frequencies when the device is sending a signal. A good way to test it’s effectiveness is to use your mobile phone near the detector and dial up someone. You will hear the device beep, to confirm RF signal. This is the same result with the listening device, when detected. If someone is secretly filming or recording, they are most likely using RF to monitor or receive the data. If there’s any RF transfer there, the detector will make a sound, increasing in frequency and/or volume the closer you get to the source of the transmission. Turn off all your electronic and electrical items especially radios or mobile phones and slowly walk around the room with the spy detector. Normally when a device is being listened into to i.e dialled up or it is calling the owner up. The best option is to make noise to encourage the device to call up the owner. The spy bug detector will pick up the signal and beep, confirming the presence.
  • Use your mobile phone. If you make a call and sweep the room moving in a clockwise direction. You may hear a clicking noise from signals sent by the device. This is due to the mobile phone interfering with an electromagnetic field created by some devices. This method is ineffective, should it be used after a RF device. This is because the RF device is more effective and accurate.
  • Lens’s will reflect. A good effective way to detect camera’s is to turn the lights off and review the area for a static or blinking light. Should you also shine a small torch around the room slowly, if these is a lens it will reflect the light back to you. Remember that the lenses are often a couple of millimetres in diameter.

It’s not necessary to check daily however, we would recommend that you combine the checks above in one sweep, just take your time to ensure you have not missed an area. Therefore, the systematic approach of searching the room in a clock wise direction will ensure that you do not miss anything. Should you take this approach, you are more likely to spot any changes in the future, should the same approach be taken.