How to Find Spy Devices in Your Home

Updated on August 16, 2017
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A long time ago I had a stalker. He still pops up now and then. I like to think I can help others in the same situation.

Reasons You Might Be a Target for Spying

How do you know if you are being surveilled? How do you know if you aren't? These days private surveillance is becoming more and more common. Reasons that someone may be spying on you include:

  • You own a company.
  • You have an important, responsible, or secretive job.
  • You have to attend confidential interviews or meetings.
  • You are a scientist/politician/journalist/attorney/judge/police officer/local government official.
  • Your partner or spouse believes you are having an affair.
  • You are getting divorced.
  • You are a suspected activist.
  • You are interested in conspiracies and frequent certain websites.
  • Your neighbor hates you.
  • You were arrested for, but never convicted of, terrorist-related crime.
  • Your friend, neighbor, or relative is under suspicion.
  • You have recently made a substantial insurance claim.
  • You are very wealthy.
  • You are a celebrity.
  • You are the victim of a stalker.

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Warning Signs

  • If you believe you may be a target for a covert operation, the first thing to do is to be on the lookout for evidence that someone is watching or listening to your private conversations. Someone you know (your partner, a colleague, or neighbor) may inadvertently let slip something that they could only have overheard. If you question them, they will glibly deflect you by saying they guessed, that someone else told them, or that they made an assumption. Don't argue or pursue the point.
  • If information appears in the press that no one except you and your trusted friends/personnel have access to, that's a major sign that you are under surveillance.
  • A stalker likes his victim to be aware that he has access to private conversations– it adds to the fear-factor— and he will often find ways to let you know you are being watched, followed, or listened to.
  • If your home was burgled but nothing significant was taken. You may not even notice if a door was left open or a window forced and you won't ever know that someone has been inside your home. Make sure your children tell you if they discover an unlocked door that isn't usually left unlocked, or an open window downstairs.

Who's Monitoring Your Cell Phone?

Landline Bugging Devices: Pay Attention to the Unusual

  • Do you notice small noises on your phone during a conversation? Indications of a line tap are volume changes, minor drops (i.e. tiny gaps in the other person's speech), static, popping noises, hissing, or any other unusual sounds. These occur when two connectors are hooked up, such as a wiretap to a phone line. Listen for anything unusual as you hang up the phone.
  • Your telephone may make odd sounds when it not in use. This would indicate that the phone itself is being used as a listening device. In other words, it is acting as a microphone and will pick up any conversation in the room.
  • Silent phone calls (when you pick up but it sounds like no one is there) may mean that the phone has been hooked up to a slave device. Listen out for electronic sounds like buzzing or high-pitched beeping. At the same time, silent calls are common these days and usually caused by computer error, so by themselves, they are not cause for concern.

5 Signs Your Cell Phone is Bugged

How to Check for Surveillance Devices with an FM Radio

Tune your radio into a silent spot at the high end of the FM band. Carry the radio around the room. If it begins to make odd sounds such as a high-pitched squeal, move it until the sound reaches its loudest pitch. You may be familiar with this feedback phenomenon when it happens with speakers. Well, when it occurs with an FM radio, it's because of the same thing – the radio is picking up transmissions from the bug and can often lead you right to it.

You can also do a similar sweep with a small hand-held TV. Check channels 2, 7, 13, 14, 50-60, and 66-68 for marked interference. It works with analog or digital.

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How to Search for Spy Bugs

  • Wait until dark, switch off the lights, and shine a strong flashlight at mirrors. Move the light thoroughly over the surface of the mirror. Any bugging device hidden there will be revealed.
  • When the house is empty and traffic noise outside has subsided, walk around and switch off all electrical appliances, such as the refrigerator and computers. Be still and listen. Walk around the house quietly and listen out for any soft buzzing or bleeping. Track down the source. Chances are, there will be an innocent explanation for it.
  • Check every switch plate and wall socket by first looking at it and then trying to move it. If it has been recently disturbed, may be visually out of alignment or it may move a little. This is a favorite place for bug installation. Turn off the power, unscrew the plate, and see if there's anything behind it that shouldn't be there. Also check smoke detectors, wall and ceiling light fittings, and lamps. Warning: Don't go poking screwdrivers anywhere near live electrical wiring.
  • Look out for paint discoloration on walls or ceilings. A small, circular mark may be an indication of a micro-camera or listening device. Check the baseboards for bumps or signs of disturbance.
  • Use your flashlight and hands to thoroughly examine every piece of furniture. Run your fingers along out-of-sight edges. Turn the furniture upside down. Look at upholstery carefully for small holes.
  • Take notice of tiny patches of white dust from dry walls on baseboards or on sills. See if you can determine where it came from. It could be debris from the installation of a tiny pinhole camera.
  • Examine every ornament and other innocuous objects in a room – pictures are good places to hide devices, and so are pillows.
  • Try all the door locks to make sure they feel and work the same as usual. A lock that has been tampered with may exhibit stiffness, sticking, or feel very loose.

Bug Detector Devices

An electronic device, such as this RF Anti-Spy Bug Detector is very reasonably priced, and able to track electronic devices hidden in the home by picking up their tiny electromagnetic signal. You carry it around your home or office, and it will give an audible warning when it is in the vicinity of a bug or hidden camera. Ensure you turn off all 'innocent' devices and remove cellphones, laptops, etcetera, prior to scanning a room otherwise you'll get a false signal.

Bug detectors can usually find audio or video transmitters as they operate on simple RF frequencies. This is why your FM radio is capable of detecting such devices. However, these bug detectors are much more sensitive so it may well be worthwhile investing in one for your peace of mind.

There are also GPS bug detectors which work to find tracking devices hidden on your person or in your car.

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      Bev 12 days ago from Wales

      If you have located evidence, Pat, take it to the police. Get a handyman in and ask him to remove the devices, but first photograph them in situ. What went in, can come out. As mentioned, keep records, logs, photo evidence, video evidence, recordings. Fight back.

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      Pat 12 days ago

      Hi! I know I'm being monitored, don't know why but I am. One morning I took a step on my rug and there was a click coming from my wall, I stood stood on the same spot , nothing!, until I took another step forward. I sat myself on the back of my sofa and started to randomly press down in different places with my feet, the same thing ( loud clicking noise coming from the wall near to the cable, which has been fitted outside with a white covering in my home. Now I've noticed every room I go into it's like I've broken a beam as the same clicking sound happens. I've used an RF detector and it's picked up quite a lot . There's bleeping in numerous places, I know who's doing it, I know who they are. The only thing I can think of is they want to break into my house. One night I was in but my lights were off, I heard a squeaking sound on glass then it sounded like someone had scored glass like a glass cutter. I moved off my sofa slightly to hear a man say either ( She's in or Someone's in. After that the clicking got worse. If it's the Police snoop away, but I know it isn't and myself and some others who live opposite say they've got a strong suspicion of him and them. Can you tell me what they are using in my home from maybe outside to monitor me. As I've noticed quite a few small holes in my concrete outside where the beeping is coming from.

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      Bev 12 days ago from Wales

      Could be the wind vibrating the wires, Diane. Even if you haven't got a power supply, you might still hear the noise. Also, you might be one of the people reporting 'the hum'. Check it out on Google.

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      Diane 12 days ago

      My home has no electricity in it everyday I hear an electrical currency coming through the electrical lines which is virtually impossible because there's no electric meter on the pole that hooks up to the electrical line in the house everyday I hear this noise it sounds like an electrical current going through wiring it's a high pitch in a low patch and it's very steady until I copy it in the tones of my voicewhen I copy it with my voice in the tones then it starts sounding like a morse code The High Frequency from a low frequency switching to a different gear it's very annoying because I hear it all the time and a house that holds no electricity could that be a bugging device they could have been dropped in my house and I just didn't notice it when I have the electricity on I need to know

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      over loaded 3 weeks ago

      can anyone tell me if bug detectors act ually work i bought one where six red likes go on like crazy when i put it near my phone i took my phone apart and cant see anything that wouold interfere or listen to house conversations between me and my wife. its strange though cause someone must be listening to know where we go to eat when we do go out cause we talk about it before we go as to where or which we are going to dine or eat lunch. its crazy and i bought this detector but it turns red near the phone or anyting that i on in the house but now i just read that ur phone could easily be tapped perhaps that is the prob i will check all my phones not to make sure something has not been added to the guts of my phones or cell phones. but do these gadgets work it is a cheap one 25 dollars.can anyone help please

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      T Bob Trasman 4 weeks ago

      Samdich,

      go on line and search to buy "surveillance devices", "electronic bugs", "listening devices" etc. Follow the links that are listed at the sites as "related", "suggested", "You may also like", ""Also viewed", etc for more variety.

      Look on Ebay, Amazon, ali-express, and Bang good. They had to be bought/built somewhere. Also check Youtube for related things like how to find install, make, a bug.

      Hope this helps.

      Gilbert,

      You are definitely a guy. Never experienced a period in your life have you. Seek help brother. Talk to someone with a couch and a PHD. Also get a pro to show you how to sweep a house, I mean, you could be the victim of subliminal gas-lighting.

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      Gilbert T.Parson 5 weeks ago

      This helps me out so much I here voices sounds very familiar about rape murder very bad things I have heard voices from mental issue but never so many different voices have I heard telling me to hurt my self insisting that I hurt my family something I could never do never been so mean & hateful to my wife voices of sex threatening me as far as I know my mental health has never told me they wanted to shoot me in my for head I fear for our daughter & other children I don't know what else to do but start telling someone or something I get looks like I'm insane I'm not cheating not rich I don't know what to do say or think if it's a prank I wouldn't be afraid to sleep I have conversations with more than one person all at once as if in a room full of people I know my mental health issue I had it since childhood I know the difference between a voice and a voice that's not real never been afraid of my self I went to every family member I have no1 understands it's driving me nuts &I'm seeking help from anyone that knows what I'm talking about but I also know when I'm safe &not I'm sorry for this probably won't hear from no1 as usual my name is Gilbert thanks have a gud day

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      Bev 5 weeks ago from Wales

      Lots of info here. Samdich. There should be instructions with your bug detector. If not, contact the manufacturer or retailer.

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      Samdich 5 weeks ago

      I need help to find evidence of phone being tapped , I went to police to make stalking report they need evidence, I know my apt and my car being bugged , I bought spy bug detector did not know how to find them. How do spy bugs looks like (need a pic of them) and what best teqnique to find evidence

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      Bev 6 weeks ago from Wales

      There's tons of advice here, Jam. Read through it and take action to put an end to your worries.

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      Jam 6 weeks ago

      I know that my house and phone is bugged my family is always saying yes no go talking to the walI very quiet know they have something in their ea rs that I can't see I just can't find the devices in my home what do I do

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      Bev 7 weeks ago from Wales

      Hi ThreeKeys - thanks for reminding me - I'd forgotten to update my email address with TABI.

      Thanks for your message to the readers of this page. The problem is that most are solitary individuals with no way of banding together with others in the same situation. Maybe someone needs to set up a private Facebook page or something?

      Also, people might not know what an apvo is - I've never heard of it. What would the US or UK version be?

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      Threekeys 7 weeks ago from Australia

      Raggedge I dont know if it is a reflection of my technology being intercepted or whether it is the website, but several days ago I sent you a email about this topic on the professional readers section on the TABI.org.uk website and it couldnt be delivered to you. Maybe you could see if it is working or not.

      I just want to say to those people, you are not mad or bad. They are too powerful and their code is thick and silent. I dont know what the solution is but relocating wont solve it. I think if you find the courage to band together and SPEAK OUT it is the only perceived way at this point in time.

      You are not mad or bad but they want to drive you to that state of being while they similtaneously spread that same mad and bad slander so that you lose your credibility. I know little about the law but if you know who the leader is seek an apvo at the very least. They skirt close to outside the law but not quite so you cannot use the law UNLESS you know who the leader is and use an apvo against them and not them and their profession. And keep logging events.

      But band together and let the media know. The media may or may not take it on. They too want to keep their jobs and not have the same thing happen to them. Its diabolical and frightening.

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      Bev 7 weeks ago from Wales

      Hi Anonymous, there are many suggestions in the article and in the comments that might help you. You must collect proof: recordings, video, photographs, and keep some sort of log.

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      Anonymous 7 weeks ago

      I live in condominium and believe my upstairs neighbor is spying on me. As I walk from room to room, I can hear her following me to different rooms. I keep all shutters closed. Prior to closing my shutters, my neighbor would opportunistically walk out in front of my window when I was working at my desk and peer in in an indiscreet fashion. I feel like a prisoner in my own home. Could she be using some type of bionic ear to monitor me. What can I do?

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      Bev 7 weeks ago from Wales

      HF, she must obtain some kind of proof. She could install a few hidden security cameras in her own home, as well as outside on the property. Get a bug detector, as suggested above, to check the house and vehicle. She should keep a log of every incident and describe in detail or record the flashes and vibrations. Once she has a substantial body of evidence linking the disturbances to her neighbors, she can go to the police.

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      HF 7 weeks ago

      A friend is being “tormented” by some neighbors after she made a (warranted) complaint to their estate agent. They have been inside her house, moved things, she now sees flashes of light, hears clicking noises, is convinced they are tracking her car as they turn up where she goes. She gets “zapping” sensations and feels vibrations When trying to sleep (she is not insane as we have seen the flashes and heard the clicks) we have looked and found nothing, she had a PI look around house and found nothing, though was more interested in getting his $ than anything. Any suggestions? She isn’t sleeping and is being forced to go and stay elsewhere just to get a night’s sleep. Police have been notified but of course can’t do anything without proof. They also fly a drone over her house at night.

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      Bev 3 months ago from Wales

      Hi David, if you can hear them you can record them. Use your phone. As to your second question, if they show up on an RF detector, then they are verified. However, it may also pick up other RF frequencies from elsewhere. Depends where you live and how the building is configured. If they are in your apt, then the signal will be super strong.

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      David Morris 3 months ago

      Is it possible to record these RF singles. And amplify the mghz then return them to the source? And is there away to objectively verify that my apt. Is being bombarded with RF signals?

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      Bev 3 months ago from Wales

      Hi Denise, I don't know what it means. Try to discover the source of the light.

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      Bev 3 months ago from Wales

      Borrow a portable radio, Target. If you have a cellphone and think it might be compromised, reset it. There are many suggestions in the article and in the comments.

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      Target of unlawful acts 3 months ago

      For someone that has no money to buy service's or devices to help detect hidden cams, mics and other things. Without going to the police where would anyone suggest to get help.

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      Denise 3 months ago

      Hello what does it mean if a green light flash on your wall and goes out every now and then

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      Bev 4 months ago from Wales

      Hi Mary, use a bug detector and get your phone checked. More info here: https://pairedlife.com/problems/My-Husband-is-Spyi...

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      Mary 4 months ago

      how can i know in a listening devices is installed in my car ? i think that my hansband is spying on me

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      Bev 4 months ago from Wales

      Toss the phone :)

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      Isla 4 months ago

      I just got this phone not long ago. No one can ever hear me, it started making a strange sound when connecting to people I'm calling, and most of my calls are attempting but not going through. I downloaded an app and it keeps say Mic recording detected.

      How can i tell if it's one if my apps or someone else. I'm ready to toss the phone.

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      Bev 4 months ago from Wales

      Oh ok, I misunderstood. I thought you were still with her. Good luck.

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      Anthony 4 months ago

      Thanks Bev but I'm done we been broken up for 4 months now and I don't want to be with her anymore she doesn't trust me and I never cheated on her plus it's just to much going on when we first got together she cried and told me how her older brother use to touch on her and how him and the cousin had sex so I'm thinking like she doesn't deal with him like that he gets out of jail she all cool and friendly with him and the cousin he suppose to had slept with is to which freak me out

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      Bev 4 months ago from Wales

      But she doesn't trust you, and probably never will. You'll both need to put a lot of work into this. She must promise not to bug your apartment. It's unfair and uncalled for. Hope it works out for you, Anthony.

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      Anthony 4 months ago

      No she is not the sad part is she ran and told her family that I was cheating on her after moving her into my new apartment taking great care of her I said they can think what they want the fact of the matter is why are you recording me now I don't want to stay in my apartment anymore cause I feel uncomfortable

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      Bev 4 months ago from Wales

      So, Anthony, I presume she's not your girlfriend any more?

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      Anthony 4 months ago

      My girlfriend put a voice recorder in my apartment and I told my family I had a feeling she was doing something so I had my homegirl stop by and act like we was doing something and the next couple of days she exposed herself by confronting me about it now I feel nervous about living in my apartment

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      Bev 4 months ago from Wales

      Are you sure it's not some odd acoustic effect, JL? Sometimes sounds and voices are carried by weird little air currents.

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      JL 4 months ago

      I have serious issue with some people that live near my house. It sounds like they are using a wireless listening device. I can hear them clicking on this machine.It sounds like it has a microphone on it because I can hear their voices. I want to find them down and call thee police on them. They are really being annoying and they really need to be locked up. I would like to know if anyone knows how to track these devices.

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      Bev 4 months ago from Wales

      Sounds like an electrical fault, Mark. Phone an electrician for advice. Might need to get your household wiring checked.

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      Mark 4 months ago

      I have an unusual situation and I'm not sure if it's related to some type of bugging device. I have a ceiling fan that runs off of a remote and a night stand that has a small light underneath it. When I turn on the light for the ceiling fan the nightstand light comes on as well. this has just started to happen just a few days ago.

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      Bev 5 months ago from Wales

      I agree, thehands. I'm glad you made this point. I have frequently wanted to mention it, but not able to address individuals directly, as I expect you can understand.

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      Jorge Vamos 5 months ago

      I strongly suspect that some of the people commenting on this article have paranoid schizophrenia. I have a friend with this disease; it can distort reality to such an extent that you end up suspicious that everyone is part of a "conspiracy" against you.

      For anyone who is reading this: If you feel like you're constantly being monitored no matter where you go (even if you move), or that complete strangers frequently make comments about your private life even though they would have no way of knowing, then please see a psychiatrist.

      It could be that you're actually having auditory hallucinations that people are talking about you. These paranoid hallucinations can seem extremely real to the point that most people who have them are convinced that the problem is external. There is treatment for this, though.

      Even if you are really being monitored constantly, it's worth going to a mental health professional just to rule this out.

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      Bev 6 months ago from Wales

      Jacqueline, have someone 'clean' your computer, tablet and phone. Make sure you have computer security, such as anti-malware, in place.

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      Bev 6 months ago from Wales

      Voyeur, I expect, JB.

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      JB 6 months ago

      My landlord is so sneaky. I have no idea why he would want to put a listening device in my apartment but too many things happened that caused me to be suspicious he had one in there. I tried something suggested by another tutorial using a cell phone to pick up RFs..instructing one to use a cell phone by waving it around in an area that one my be located. I got positive results inside my tv cabinet (my cell phone clicked loudly). I did this once in the middle of the night and then again in the early morning I got the same response. That's the only place in the apartment that responded in my search. I suspect he also had a camera because early evening I left my apartment to run some errands and when I arrived back home (a couple hours later) I checked again and the loud clicking was gone. He must have seen me via camera and entered my apartment while I was gone. He has avoided me like the plague since that time. It's so creepy and disturbing. I have no idea why he'd want to spy on me.

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      Stanberryharold@gmail.com 6 months ago

      Thanks I'm a victim, my stepfather has monitored me and I down loaded a buging device finder and I found 2 places in my place I rent off him so he has access and I think he did it before I moved in hear there is also a GPS device I have to find on my truck, and my Neighbors know things they aren't supposed to know. My situation is very very bad but your article really really help me out a whole lot and I'm going to be able to get to the bottom of this especially before I move thank you very much for your article and I'm sure you've helped a lot of people.

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      Bev 6 months ago from Wales

      Read through some of the suggestions in the comments here, JD. Something may chime with you.

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      John Doe 6 months ago

      I know someone is bugging me because when i walked to living window both of my neighbors porch lights come on,they come outside when i go outside and my conversation are being leaked.Its no way in hell someone should know what im saying and doing in my house.I used a spy detector and it beeps by the icebox and the medicine cabinet but i don't see anything odd.Any advice?

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      Bev 6 months ago from Wales

      Deborah wrote:

      "Someone has been breaking into my Apt for over a year now. Now for the past month there has been a constant buzzing noise that is driving me crazy. It gets louder than my TV at times. When I mute the TV & turn everything off to try & find it, I never can. After yelling at it to shut up it slowly subsides for awhile but then comes back on. I also checked all my mirrors with a flashlight & every mirror in my place had a spot that was so bright you couldn't look there. I know there is a hidden camera in here somewhere I just haven't found it. Any suggestions?"

      Hi Deborah, why don't you install a hidden camera? Also use a bug detector to locate hidden devices. Remove your mirrors to check behind them. Keep a record of everything untoward and also make a recording of the buzzing sound. I'm going to delete your message as you have included your email address, and that is never a good idea :)

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      Bev 7 months ago from Wales

      "a stalker is a "he?""

      Yep, in most cases. Mine was definitely a 'he'. https://mainweb-v.musc.edu/vawprevention/research/...

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      ... 7 months ago

      a stalker is a "he?"

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      Bev 7 months ago from Wales

      Great questions ADA. I'm not sure about devices placed in awkward places in vehicles. I'm pretty sure that there are plenty of unobtrusive locations where most devices would work. In vehicles, it is usually a tracking device that is used, so it would depend a lot on the strength of the receiver.

      I've had a quick search for electromagnetic disabling devices, but can't see anything. It's possible to shield against electromagnetic spying but that would interfere with many household appliances and internet access.

      I do hope someone will be able to answer you better than I can :)

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      A.D.A. 7 months ago

      Great info and wow such a myriad of examples of intrusion. My query is related to automotive surveillance. With a high budget device, are transmissions possible from more solid metal areas like the engine block / tanks, or is newer technology still limited in this way? Also, are there any electromagnetic ways to disable existing devices in a home? Say, if it were newly purchased and empty of all electronic belongings?

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      Bev 8 months ago from Wales

      Cover up the cameras on your laptops, phones and tablets with bits of tape. It sounds like a weird technical glitch with your wifi/broadband. The images should stop after 24 hours. If not, contact your service provider's helpline.

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      Bev 8 months ago from Wales

      Thanks for your very comprehensive comments, MikeyG.

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      Mikey G 8 months ago

      I used app called phyphox Google play on my Android device. It is the best app for frequency analysis none can even compare and totally easy to use free no ad nor abusive permissions. Use the Doppler effect feature set the frequency range to 10 Hz by default and the base frequency from 1000 (default) and up to 8000Hz. U can record and send the result and screenshot as well. This is one way to document for factual evidence.

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      Mikey G 8 months ago

      Well I have been researching a lot. Read a lot here to help me along. Some new pointers to aid. I live in 4th floor apartment. My room never used to have this high pitched frequency. It's only in my room. I suspect some device but in process of validaing. I have issues also with below neighbors transferring rooms in sync of my. Also foot traffic is high like routine. I have been observing also in public being followed. Also distinctly seem aware to my habitual paths I traverse. A few time encountered high end UAVs following even one in broad day. They seem well funded and resource. They don't try to be secretive as much since I am aware and demonstrated I was.

      Just Always be respectful still and do what I do. I first speculated this months back with my little rf gyro helicopter I would fly indoors in apartment suddenly started losing contol signals in or near my room usually ending with crashing. That was fist sign. I have the high pitched noise seems multiple areas celing. I used a Doppler frequency audio app on my Android discoverd only high pitched detected when in 8000Hz nothing in 7 or lower until normal range of detection in 1 and 2. Likely if I am the point where I just am annoyed by sleep disrupting side of things. I will look into water pipes but my experience tells me otherwise. I am tech savvy with no issues with being monitored in phones or computers. I have had similar in past but learned how to prevent. Today I have friends who seem to be subject to some tampering in their networks by well funded people. Usually if they are good will be hard to detect as the make the highest effort to go unnoticed. Usually by gaining access through a any app initially until more depth contol can be integrated. I use airplane mode a lot.Beaware smart TVs as this is a newer device that grants audio video monitor even with the TV in off or standby. When in doubt unplug it or take out power source. If they are in ur cell or pad a factory reset doesn't always doesnt delete and reflash the system partion. So I probably won't solve intrusion on bit. Don't leave ur computer internet cable always in ur home system or turn off WiFi laptops whenever not using it. Get ur devices setup to be secure by a knowledgeable person. Good luck. In the case of this type of circumstance. I would say don't worry about it or let it affect u if possible although at times it was especially stressful early on and baffling discovering the degree by in large of and what I had to accomplish to learn of everything regarding the effects of awareness but be smart about it. Find the tools and support and figure it out or do what is utmost right. I wish find Peace of mind I hope for you all a life better lived without all this crazy around us.

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      Bev 8 months ago from Wales

      Nice one, shahadot. What a lovely human being you aren't.

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      shahadot 8 months ago

      I can listen to all of the things that can be kept in my wife's neck lace or ring

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      Bev 8 months ago from Wales

      Patricia, make sure you keep records of everything. Make notes, take videos, recordings, photos of any evidence at all. Also, and this is important... make sure you report it to the police - now. Even if there's nothing they can act on yet, at least they have a record. Stay safe.

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      Patricia Bagshaw 8 months ago

      Wonderful information. I'm being stalked and watched all the time. My home is constantly being broken into. My lights go on and off all the time. I don't have control of my cameras they shut them off to reprogram them. They're spraying poison on me and my property. I can't do anything until I get a photo of them. So they're slowly killing me while they're in complete control.

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      Bev 8 months ago from Wales

      Try resetting your phone, Pam. Also run a malware scan on any computers you have in the house. Test who seems to be listening to you by talking and emailing about some random thing that people wouldn't automatically connect with you. Something like, "I thought I saw a ghost in my kitchen". Then see who mentions it to you. Also, are you sure it's not because you are sharing on FaceBook or elsewhere?

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      Pamela Wallis 8 months ago

      People seem to know what I'm saying on my my home, and its like I have my own you tube channel or something. No one I ask says anything other than they haven't seen anything on the internet . But something isn't right and I know it. But can't prove it. I have one of those hand held detectors and it doesn't show anything. I'm beginning to think I'm crazy!

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      Bev 8 months ago from Wales

      Hi Maria, well it might be some kind of electrical interference, but if it is that, and it's that strong, it wouldn't be a healthy environment to live in. I think what I would do is firstly eliminate the possibility of the place being bugged, and you can do that simply with a cheap bug detector. Once you've reassured yourselves that the condo isn't bugged then you need to get whatever your version of environmental health (I'm in the UK and we'd call in the local council authority) to check the source of the static and maybe the electrical wiring. Perhaps an electrician could do the job? It's not something simple like nylon carpet, is it? That can play havoc with electric appliances because you are building static up in your body as you walk. Hope you manage to get it sorted soon.

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      Maria 8 months ago

      Hello Bev, I found the article very interesting and helpful. My sister lives in a condo first floor and she has been saying that she feels that someone (neighbors) is listening to her conversations at home along with static electrical shocks coming from her TV, microwave making sounds and digital clock flickering. After reading your article and the amount of people complaining about the same thing. I went ahead and did the test with the AM/FM radio and it was crazy to say I walked through the one bathroom, bedroom living room, her other bedroom and bathroom. Dinning room area but once I made it to the hallway we immediately heard the loud tone. As I walked to the kitchen are even higher were the microwave and refrigerator. Once I left the hallway into the living room it stopped. It was very scary at first and then a sense of okay to know that some kind of interference is going on. I guess my question is what do I do next know that I know we have some kind of interference. She is changed her passwords on phone and internet etc. She did go to the condo association and they said if she had some kind of evidence that the would investigate. How reliable is this test? Could this be sufficient to present? And I also did video tape it. Any assistance would be great at this time of distress. Thanks

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      Bev 9 months ago from Wales

      Most refrigerators over two years old make very odd noises. Mine moos like a cow. Yours could be vibrating through the walls :)

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      Rochelle 9 months ago

      My refrigerator and inside the walls of my house make very strange noises I know it's not normal

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      Bev 9 months ago from Wales

      Good, Katy. Collect as much evidence as you can. Do a bug sweep. Can you be sure he hasn't ever had access to your phone? Also write down as much as you can remember about the physical abuse. In your dealings with the police etc. be calm and rational - it's so easy for a man to portray his partner as being emotional and paranoid.

      Happy new beginning. I'm sure you'll be able to build a new life for you and the children.

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      Katy 9 months ago

      I escaped my violent husband. I have reason to believe he has bugged my living room. I hear high pitched sounds that aren't coming from the tv, and I know he wants to take the kids away from me. I have alerted the police.

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      Macmir 9 months ago

      I strongly suspect that the tenant above mine has somehow managed to install monitoring and listening devices in at least two of the walls. Devices are somehow slipped from top and buried in the walls. All our conversation are being heard and recorded. Several times we have observed the footsteps from above following us from one room to another.

      Can someone guide me as to how can I detect the hidden microrphones or tracking devices in the walls

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      Bev 9 months ago from Wales

      Find it, Kelsey. Don't put up with it. Find it and destroy it.

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      Kelsey Robertson 9 months ago

      I think my dad has one in the house that he let my husband and son live in. He frequently goes in and out without our permission and he finds STRANGE times to enter into the house when we are home. I'm trying not to think that he is perverted, but he acts very strange with my husband, and gets angry when my husband and I have relations. **CONCERNED AND SCARY**!!!!!!

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      Bev 10 months ago from Wales

      Sounds like a nightmare, August. Glad you will be able to leave soon.

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      August46 10 months ago

      I am definitely being listened to and watched,by a neighbor.This is my second time having this experience with a neighbor. My upstairs neighbor i believe has a listening device in her home.I know she listens to everything that goes on in my home,she follows me from room to room also,she doesn't realize i can hear her. Its a nightmare living like this when my lease is up i will be getting out of here ASAP.

      Forgot to mention both of these issues has taken place living in a condo.Which pretty much is just apartment living.Can't wait to move,wish i could press charges on her.

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      Da One 10 months ago

      Glad I read this because some stuff was not the way it should be.Thanks

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      donna cadle 10 months ago

      my home been buged for a while i know has done by im now at that point for sueing

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      I aint going down like that 10 months ago

      What is a good brand bug sweeper that will pick up low RF or the tiniest newer High Def cameras?

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      Bev 11 months ago from Wales

      That's true, Satya. You can only be sure by carrying out a proper bug sweep.

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      Satya 11 months ago

      I feel someone can listen to me. But I don't know how to be sure of that. I tried app on phone but then that app itself told that electronic equipment can show disturbance and that is normal. But bug can be inside electronic equipment as well!

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      Bev 12 months ago from Wales

      There are links to Amazon in the article above, Ronnie. Many to choose from. You can read reviews and decide which one is right for you. Note: HubPages and I receive a small commission if you purchase.

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      Ronnie 12 months ago

      I know my soon-to-be ex-husband has been recording me. I found a device and confronted me. Now I believe he's gotten more sophisticated. Where can I purchase an inexpensive effective bug sweeper?

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      Bev 12 months ago from Wales

      Hi Paula, find out if any apps have been installed on your phone without your knowledge. Personally, I would do a factory reset, but make sure you have all your photos downloaded and contacts saved.

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      paula 12 months ago

      Me and my friend were sitting here and then all of a sudden we heard what sounded like someone talking and then it stopped comming through my phone

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      Bev 12 months ago from Wales

      Hi M Naveen, you'd have to check the specification of various devices - use the question facility at Amazon. Most manufacturers, sellers and previous customers will be happy to help.

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      M Naveen 12 months ago

      Can a RF detector detect a self recording device? Which device would be apt for detecting both RF / Bluetooth / Wifi transmitting devices and also self recording devices ?? Please suggest...

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      Bev 13 months ago from Wales

      This is a worrying situation. I cannot answer your questions, I'm afraid. You have to get local help. Contact your nearest police dept. Meantime, is there somewhere you can stay for a while?

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      Bev 13 months ago from Wales

      Hi Beka, no. It's the device that's bugged, not the number. Cellphone can be reset to factory settings (make sure you save all your contacts first). Landlines can be bugged at any point on the line, so check the phone itself or, as a last resort, disconnect the line altogether.

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      Beka 13 months ago

      I know my old boss is watching and keeping tabs on me, he is out of control, my cars were

      Bugged my phones are bugged...if I change my number would it do any good?

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      Bev 14 months ago from Wales

      Well, if it's an option, why don't you move to another country? Give it five years. Meanwhile, test if you are really being watched/listened to by speaking of something very specific in your home. Something like you're thinking of getting a dog or you're going to change your job or something like that. If that information comes back to you, then you will know for sure. Also get your computer 'cleaned' professionally. Get the hard drive formatted. Use a utility like DropBox to store your files until you get your computer up and running again. Make sure the camera is covered with tape, and change the settings so that no application can use the microphone. Do the same with any other devices - tablet, smart TV, games consoles, etc.

      Hope you get it sorted.

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      Bev 15 months ago from Wales

      It may work on AM, Raquel. You have to move the frequency to the higher end of the band. If you hear radio broadcasts, detune it to an unused frequency. If you talk or sing while walking around and you hear your own voice on the radio there will be a listening device nearby. Remember... it won't work with a digital radio, it must be an old manual tuned analogue.

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      Raquel 15 months ago

      I tried looking for the squealing on the FM band but where I am I hear music on this channel. When I tried the AM band I heard some changes in sound from static to squealing. The question I have is does the AM band give you tracing ability like the FM band does? Thanks.

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      Bev 15 months ago from Wales

      Surely a 'factory reset' would wipe off any illegitimate software/apps, Lorna? Only the original pre-installed phone apps would automatically reinstall. Everything else has to be done manually. However, by the sound of things, he's got you covered by all the other tech. Time to take a long hard look at your marriage and how you wish to proceed, perhaps? Please get this sorted out - you can't live like this. Hugs.

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      Lorna J 15 months ago

      I too, feel like my cell phone, tablets and landlines have been compromised. My cell phone was set-up by my spouse as well as the tablets. He's also very technical and is always on Google researching one thing or another. Under the apps section of my cell phone I see all those apps like Knox, Kies, and so many versions clock apps listed. There's other program that doesn't make sense to me, and I try to uninstall, but that option is not available, so force stop. I've wiped my cell phone and try to use a different Google account to set it up, but whatever he did at the initial set-up seem to take priority due the registered number.

      Personal conversations I've had in his absence are being repeated when we have a disagreement. The phone at home seems to always have a issue with unexplained disturbances or unexplained silences. My cell use to go crazy, while I'm on a call it would get really hot, and a number of screen would just pop-up, it's like there are two account on my cell phone, the regular, and the other is it's ghost.

      When I would tell him what was happening, he would say the phone need a new battery, he got the new battery, but still the phone gets really hot sometimes even though I haven't use it for long. In the past this wasn't happening, it all started last October, which is when I noticed some changes in him. Didn't know how to talk to me anymore, he would just snap, couldn't speak to me normally.

      I went to my internet provider and I was told they can wipe and reinstall the software for the specific serial number, but it may not help, as it the same serial that was set-up originally. The sales person suggested that I get a new phone, but now it not a feasible time to do so, so I guess I stuck until I can get another phone, or is there to get the proof that my devices have been cloned?

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      Bev 15 months ago from Wales

      You're welcome, Raquel.

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      Raquel 15 months ago

      I've suspected my home has been bugged since 2009. The things I say at home get repeated back to me at work and elsewhere. Thank-you for this information. I'll be looking into this.

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      Bev 15 months ago from Wales

      How do you know that your neighbor & landlord are doing this, Lo?

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      Lo 15 months ago

      My next door neighbor had the landlord put camera and bug my apartment and I can't find the camera and I can't tmi but I can't use the bathroom because my neighbor will say see you and I feel like going crazy but I can't leave like this I just want my landlord and my neighbor go to jail

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      Bev 15 months ago from Wales

      Glenn, I can't give you advice on your detector. Make sure you are following the instructions supplied with the device. Go online and do a search #name of device#+operation.

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      Bev 15 months ago from Wales

      Read the article, Hina, it's full of suggestions.

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      glenn 15 months ago

      OK well I got a little bug detector and I'm more lost than ever ... it seems simple enough to use.... I set the daily where two almost three green lights blink... then I put it up to my Internet supply box and the blue light turns on which is great that is what I thought should happen but then I put it inside my ac vent and the blue light blinks----??? Am I using it correctly ..?? Is there really something in your account vent I unscrewed the vent cap and see nothing but when I touch to top of the inside of the vent there is the blue light again. ..before I go in the attic and go berserk do you have any suggestions. ..what are you supposed to set the blinking green lights on bug detector. .?? The salesman told me to put it on 2 -3 blinking green lights and if the blue turned on that it was an rf frequency. .?? Please help

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      hina 15 months ago

      please tell me how i can serach the device in my home i am near to mad please help me.my home bugged last 4 years but i cant do nothing.

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      P. Vigil 16 months ago

      I have most of these signs of my privacy being invaded in my home going on right now. It's been going on for so long now, I don't even try to stop it. It is bizarre as bizarre can be regarding the things I have seen and deal with to this day. Since law enforcement has never done anything to help, I figure I will try something new and just start posting on sites like this and also asking for advice from others experiencing the same things I have. I am open to suggestions on how to put an end to the game that these people continue to play with my technology, home and personal life. Thank you.

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      Bev 16 months ago from Wales

      Hi Glenn, it may have a simple explanation. No house is totally quiet - what you might be hearing could be the fridge or other appliances on standby. Sound travels through walls and cavities for quite some distance. Use some of the tips in the article, like a simple bug detector, to put your mind at ease.