Today’s electronic surveillance devices are not only more sophisticated than they have ever been before, they are also cheaper and more accessible to the public. As a result, you no longer have to be a celebrity or top executive to be the subject of surveillance by your competition, you just have to be on the radar of a person with technology skills and boundary issues. Luckily, bug sweeping equipment is also becoming more sophisticated in response to the issue. If you think you might be under surveillance, you can easily hire a professional to do a bug sweep of your home or business.
What Are Bug Sweeps?
The term refers to the act of moving through a location and securing it against ongoing surveillance operations. Typically, a bug sweep involves one or more professionals with detection equipment that can pick up unauthorized wireless signals in a variety of types common to remote surveillance gear.
Traditionally, the bugs caught were audio pickups with a relay. In the days before cheap wireless communication, they frequently went into telephones to make use of the phone line out and the existing microphone, but not always. Bugs could also transmit the signal via radio or two-way signal, and more recent generations have been WiFi and Bluetooth enabled, giving them even more transmission options. Audiovisual bugs with cellular streaming capabilities are also a possibility now.
The modern bug sweep takes all these methods into account, and professionals who detect surveillance measures for you will use sophisticated bug sweeping equipment suitable for detecting each of the possible methods of transmission a bug could use. In the end, a thorough sweep should be able to guarantee you have nothing to worry about as long as the location remains secure. That’s the challenging part.
Once a bug sweep has ensured you have nothing to worry about, you need to remember that allowing others to access your home or office can open up the possibility of a bug placement. Using security measures that reduce or eliminate a guest’s ability to move undetected can minimize the issue.
In some cases, truly securing the property is impossible, though. One example would be a rental with a live-in landlord in another unit. This is where counter-surveillance services can help. What does that mean? Well, the best way to make sure no one is placing a bug or a camera when you aren’t there is to have one that monitors the space for you, so you can see if you have had unauthorized visitors.
Another method, one that doesn’t involve as much hands-on work on your part is to schedule regular sweeps to ensure your home or office remains bug-free. You’ll still want to watch what you share if you’ve had a bug problem recently, but you can at least count on limiting your exposure and gaining windows of guaranteed secure time. For the best possible security, consider a combined approach:
- Site surveillance to track visitors when you aren’t there
- Security systems that alert you to intruders immediately, so you can respond in real time
- Regular bug sweeps to make sure you haven’t had a security slip
The combined approach might seem a little drastic to some, but if your security has been seriously compromised you need a serious approach to maintaining your privacy and safety. The only way to do that is to make sure you know who has access to your space, when, and what they are doing there. It’s going to be a little work on your part, but with the right professional help you can put processes in place that are easy to maintain, so you’re supported when something comes up and you need help securing your privacy again.
Don’t wait to learn more. If you’re facing information leaks that could compromise a personal or legal matter, you need to protect yourself. Bugs have been used for industrial espionage, political and legal maneuvering, and even child custody cases. Don’t let your words be used out of context, and don’t let your private information fall into the hands of people who don’t mean you well. Get help today by calling Beau Dietl & Associates.