How to Find Hidden Surveillance Equipment

These days, hidden surveillance equipment is everywhere. In homes or on the streets, odds are that if you look hard enough, you'll find some. But where to look? And how can you be so sure that sinister-looking toaster is really watching your every move? Arm yourself against the world of voyeurs and vigilantes with a few clever tactics that will scare up any hidden surveillance device.

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Cameras come in all shapes and sizes

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Search in the most logical rooms to install hidden surveillance equipment. Among the most common areas are bedrooms, living rooms and near valuables, or where intimate business is done.

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Check the room for any item that has an unusual small pinhole in it. Popular items to hide cameras in are alarm clocks, radios, boom boxes, speakers, air fresheners, desk lamps, air purifiers, wall outlets, fire alarms, bookcases, shelves and stuffed animals.

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Perform a static interference test by "sweeping" the room. You can buy wireless camera detectors online (See "Resources") or at some electronic stores. You also can use a cell phone by making a phone call and waving the phone over any suspicious electronic devices. You will hear a magnetic clicking sound if you are over a product that is emitting an electromagnetic field, such as a hidden camera or microphone!

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Dismantle the item in question If you still suspect that it might be surveillance equipment. The camera is usually a very small electronic piece, typically the size of a postage stamp. It will have an "eye" on it, which is a small glass dome usually no bigger than a dime.

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Find the video feed-box. This is generally stored in a closet or secured room in the house. Typically, it is a nondescript metallic box with a series of electric cables that run into it. Some very expensive and modern surveillance services, however, feed the video directly into a personal computer or even to a remote location, making it inaccessible.

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Look up. Most hidden surveillance equipment is installed overhead to provide maximum field of vision.

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Locate any suspiciously placed tinted glass or domes. Most public surveillance equipment is protected behind tinted glass and installed in out-of-reach places. They generally are installed in a sturdier apparatus than private surveillance equipment because they have to endure more wear and tear.

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You can avoid detection by a camera by taking advantage of the blind spots that much public surveillance equipment has. The general rule of thumb for avoid detection is: If you can see the camera, it can't see you.