Counter Surveillance Tools to Meet Your Needs
Feeling like you’re being watched can be an unnerving experience, not to mention it can disrupt your business or home life. It can also make you feel helpless as you may feel that you have no way to know whether you’re under surveillance. After all, wireless technology has made surveillance devices more accessible than ever before, and with that, harder to detect. Fortunately, the counter-surveillance industry has kept pace, and there are many tools on the market to help protect you from prying eyes.
How Do I Know If I’m Being Spied On?
Traditional surveillance involves an individual physically following a person of interest to observe them. This type of surveillance can be detected if you know what to look for — cars following you, suspicious individuals lingering, or a car parked on an empty road for a long time — and can often be deterred by switching up your habits or the routes you take.
Newer, more technologically advanced surveillance is significantly harder to detect. This might include shotgun microphones that can pick up your voice from as far as 300 feet away, tiny cameras embedded into walls or electrical fixtures, or audio bugs that are practically invisible to the naked eye. There are, however, some signs to look out for that might indicate you are being spied on.
Wallplates or electrical fixtures that appear out of place could indicate an eavesdropping device has been installed, while a small discoloration on the wall or ceiling might be hiding a minuscule mic or camera, and white debris on the floor could be the sign of someone boring a hole to install a device. If there is a bug installed in your home or car, you may also notice signal interference on your radio or TV. Unusual noises from your phone could potentially be caused by a device that turns your phone into a microphone.
What Can I Do to Stop Unwanted Surveillance?
Fortunately, you have options to fight back when you suspect you’re being spied on. The different options fall under three categories: surveillance deterrence, surveillance detection, and counter-surveillance.
Surveillance deterrence is the most obvious and least technologically-dependent option. It involves making it visually clear to those spying on you that you are aware of the surveillance and will be a difficult target. It could include placing security officers in conspicuous places, acknowledging the presence of suspicious individuals in the area, and regularly visiting any vantage points from which people might choose to watch you.
Surveillance detection helps you definitively determine whether surveillance is occurring where, in surveillance deterrence, you may never know whether or not you were being spied on. This detection can be done with the help of professionals to pick up on subtle mistakes and other signs of surveillance that most of us would miss. You or a hired professional can also detect surveillance through the use of tools.
Counter surveillance is the most proactive option when you think you are being watched. It puts you on the offensive, effectively spying on the person who is spying on you. Counter surveillance involves advanced technology and tools that help you learn about how you’re being spied on, hone in on who is watching you, and prevent further surveillance.
How Do Counter Surveillance Tools Work?
As surveillance technology has improved, more counter-surveillance tools have become available. The advancements in counter-surveillance technology are impressive, leaving those who suspect they’re being spied on with a large selection of options that fit a variety of different needs at a wide range of price points. Each tool has its use, helping you focus on your specific area of concern.
The tools use advanced technology to detect cellular signals, radio frequencies, electronic noise, GPS transmissions, and more while also helping you to precisely zero in on the origin of the surveillance. Additional tools help you fight back against surveillance through protective measures and the gathering of concrete evidence.
What Counter Surveillance Tool Should I Choose?
The tool you choose will depend on your particular concern. Do you think there are cameras in your home? Are you worried about confidential meetings being overheard or taped in your office space? Do you have concerns about your cell phone being tapped or your movements being tracked? No matter what your worry is, there is a counter surveillance tool that will fit your needs.
The counter-surveillance tools below cover the most common surveillance concerns and counter-surveillance needs. Many of them complement each other well and can be used in tandem to offer you thorough protection.
If You Want a Thorough Bug Sweep
Our multi-bug detectors can nearly do it all. These small, portable devices can detect most types of surveillance technology, including cameras, mics, audio and video transmitter bugs, wireless transmitter bugs, and GPS trackers. This is an effective option if you want to perform a multi-channel bug sweep of your home, office, or other property.
If You Think You’re Being Watched
When you think someone has installed a camera on your property and wants to take action against it, we recommend a camera detector. These devices can detect cameras at a range of up to 300 feet, and some come equipped with an LCD monitor that allows you to visualize the area the detector is scanning.
If You Feel You’re Being Followed
Get instantly alerted about GPS tracking devices or cellular bugs within 30 feet with one of our GPS detector devices. You can select audible alerts through earbuds or choose to remain covert with vibration alerts. Once the bug has been detected, you can determine its precise location.
If You Worry About Being Overheard
Our audio jammers, or speech protection devices, allow you to conduct confidential meetings free of worry about eavesdropping or tapping devices. The jammer generates chaotic noise — distortion, and reverberation — that renders listening devices useless. The audio output matches the level of your voice, so it will never exceed the volume of a normal conversation. Some of these devices can attach to windows and walls, and more advanced devices even include headphone inputs for more protected meetings.
If your issue isn’t addressed by one of these tools, you can browse our full selection of counter surveillance tools or chat with one of our counter surveillance professionals to find the right technology for you.
Updated September 15, 2021