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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.

© 2012 Bev

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      Bev 2 weeks 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 2 weeks 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 3 weeks ago from Wales

      Not sure what to say, Burt. Just stay safe, okay?

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      Burt L 3 weeks ago

      I am(and have been for quite some time) being stalked and harassed by organized crime that includes the police. They have my cars, phone, and home bugged. They use high school kids to do their dirty work(stalking and harassing) for them.

      The officer that killed the woman here in MN. People want change in policing, and the MPLS police chief resigned because of it. This will change nothing. The real problem is organized crime has payed their way into the police, and are teaching the police to run their policing/organization like a MONEY MAKING criminal organization.

      And because I know all about their organization including bringing in kilo's of narcotics and stolen jewelry(broken down and liquidated into cash here) into the local small airport, they want me gone.

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      Bev 4 weeks 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 5 weeks ago from Wales

      Voyeur, I expect, JB.

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      JB 5 weeks 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 weeks 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 7 weeks 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 7 weeks 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 7 weeks 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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      Alyssa 7 weeks ago

      Thank you, thank you. Your information seems very reliable, I will be putting it to use in my new home starting today. I have had the unfortunate experience multiple times of secretly been surveilled it is wrong and unlawful. I need to protect my home as best I can. And my privacy. Thank you

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      CM 7 weeks ago

      My father was in local politics, and his opponents had friends at the phone company. His phone was tapped for years. He never complained or tried to stop it...instead he said things on the phone deliberately that kept his opponents going in circles. It was hilarious...and they never realized that he knew all along.

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      Bev 8 weeks ago from Wales

      Oh Xiomara, how horrible for you. Have you thought about moving?

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      Xiomara 8 weeks ago

      I am being stalked from my window. It's at least 2 people. I'm not sure why. One has been stalking me for a year. I live in NYC and I told the police, but they are very unconcerned about it. They can't catch them either. But now I know that my place may be bugged. For sure they have a sound system (a car horn) that sounds off according to my movements, just as your article said, they want to let me know that they are watching me. They also blow their horn to harass me. I respond by not responding. I learned about the long distance hearing device. And I think they are using that too. It is not cool. But I am living well with it. Also I have invested a lot of time in this situation.

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      Bev 2 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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      ... 2 months ago

      a stalker is a "he?"

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      Shona 2 months ago

      Luckily I had info in the start of my privacy being invaded. I have access to all tracking and hidden cameras. It's amazing what you see and them going in your devices. I can get exact location where it's coming from.

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      Bev 2 months ago from Wales

      Very likely, Edwin.

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      Bev 2 months ago from Wales

      It's definitely a possibility when people are on the same wavelength, Anita. Sorry for your loss. x

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      edwin 2 months ago

      i'm sure my neighbors are spying on me. i'm just not sure on what kind of device they're using. do you think lexid camera is real ?

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      Anita Hasch 2 months ago

      My husband (deceased) used to come from work regularly and then start talking about something that I had discussed that day. It used to annoy me, but I assumed it was mental telepathy. I'm sure it was, because he worked about 5 km from our home and was not the sort of person to do such a thing.

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      Mary mclaughlin 2 months ago

      I have social services looking and listening in my home

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      Bev 2 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. 2 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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      Xya 2 months ago

      I feel like my neighbor is spying me .I could hear his sound. He is trying to abuse me. I couldn't find any devices outside my home.

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      Bev 2 months ago from Wales

      Hi Nora, First of all, how do you know they did this? Did you wake up and realise something was wrong? Why have they chosen you? Do you have information that would help them?

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      nora shapiro 2 months ago

      three of my neighbors are staking me. they have a camera that has special lenses that see though windows and once in they can follow you though your house. They used sodium penathol & put me to sleep. They put ear micro chips that has a microphone & receiver in my ears. They used a air pump that came with it. They have microphones that picks up the chips in my ears They are so tiny that a ear doctor could not spot them. I read that a MRI might be able to find them. The police does not believe me that this is going on. If any one out there knows anything that can help me I would appreciate a email.

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      Bev 2 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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      mike seal 2 months ago

      Im having a hude probwhat do i dolem. When im on the internet or phone on wifi i can see live footage in the background of some pictures on the computer and phone,there fuzzy,but deffently video of inside my home.Now my wife thanks im crazy.Some of the footage ive seen of the inside of my home has her in it, wan i do to figure this out,its causinme alot of stress and heartacheg.please help

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      Bev 3 months ago from Wales

      Thanks for your very comprehensive comments, MikeyG.

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      Mikey G 3 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 3 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 3 months ago from Wales

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

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      shahadot 3 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 3 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 3 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 3 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 3 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 3 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 3 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 4 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 4 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 4 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 4 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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      Bev 4 months ago from Wales

      Lots of suggestions in the article, NC girl. I'd suggest resetting your phone to factory settings regularly. And a divorce.

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      Macmir 4 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 4 months ago from Wales

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

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      Kelsey Robertson 4 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 4 months ago from Wales

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

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      August46 4 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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      Bev 5 months ago from Wales

      Hi Ruchib, all I can say is to read the advice given to others on this page. Keep records of every incident and cover your laptop's camera. If you think your phone is compromised check it for spyware and reset it to factory settings. Buy an inexpensive bug sweeper and check your home.

      As far as you marriage is concerned... if you can't trust him, you must ask yourself if you want to remain in that sort of relationship.

      Good luck. Hope you get through this.

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      ruchib 5 months ago

      I am a victim of this and need help!!. I wanted to know what to do if you know somebody is watching you . It seems there is some other lady in my husband s life and she is keeping an eye on our entire family. My husband keeps saying that he will never leave me .. i dont know what to do ? One day I noticed that a window popped up on my laptop and that has some videos in it along with my face. I tried everything I could but could not figure out what happened that day . I also noticed that some kind of vibrations in my house as if the phone is vibarting. I know there is something fishy but how to find that out is a question?

      any help please

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      Bev 5 months ago from Wales

      Have you reported this, Jaqi? It sounds like a violation of privacy.

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      JaqiCor 5 months ago

      I don't think the gal who was hearing voices in her home was wrong. I have a stalker who has been bellowing things into my home into what I don't know. He also uses it outside to play a chicken crowing, some rude statement and the phrase police department. He is so mentally ill you can't make sense of the whole thing. Lately, it is about my smoking habit. It can be rude, and also perverted. He also likes to play children playing.

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      Da One 5 months ago

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

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      donna cadle 5 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 5 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 5 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 5 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 7 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 7 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 7 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 7 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 7 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 7 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 8 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 8 months ago from Wales

      Hi IKHWM, how do you know for sure that he's never been in your apartment? Did you move in first? Does he still follow you if you move silently (barefoot) from one room to another?

      Are you able to use any of the suggestions in the article to help you? Make sure you cover up the camera on your laptop/PC/any other computer. Do your best to work out how to use the bug sweeper - they're usually very easy.

      Hope you regain peace of mind soon.

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      IKknowHe'sWatchingMe 8 months ago

      I'm SO glad I stumbled across this site! It's both comforting and saddening to know that I'm not alone in thinking that my neighbor is surveilling me in my apartment. I just want to know if it's possible that he can have video surveillance on me and he's never been inside my apartment? This is a a guy who lives in the unit above me and I SWEAR he follows me from room to room in his apartment. If I get up from the sofa and go into the kitchen, he's right above my head. If I turn around and head into the restroom, so does he and he stays in there until I leave. This has been going on for months. He drops things on the floor in the spot right above where I'm standing/sitting/laying because I have made complaints about how noisy he has been. He knows that I know he is watching me, but he seems to not care because he thinks there is no way I can prove it. He even has guests come over and make a ruckus in every room I'm in. When I told him I believe he does this intentionally, he flat out told me I am crazy. I am not crazy. It's no coincidence that we are always in the same room in our respective apartments at the same time and that sometimes something will hit the floor in the exact spot where I am in my apartment. I have a sweeping device, but the instructions are complete gibberish (it came from China), although they're written in English. I'm not sure how to use it and I've tried looking online for better instructions.

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      Chris Sypher 8 months ago

      And this is wild because ive been followed and watched for quite some time now as well. I also believe that my deathbed rests right around the corner. These people are definetely out to harm me and they may succeed killing me any day now. People i told about this called me paranoid and even said that i think too much but everyone on this website is going through the same thing as i am and ive never been psychotic or insane but when these 'invisible' people finally catch me slipping, i know tthts the seed theyll plant thatll stem to my demise. I just wish i could have met my 1st born 'Aurora Lini Athena' in this lifetime before i head back to the stars this loving Universe called me out from.

      Namaste brothers and sisters, and remember that even in the moments of our death, there is an infinite abundance of love working in our favor. Until we cross lives again, i send each of you pure sublime divine unconditional love to aid you all in your journey down this road towards enlightenment.

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      Bev 8 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 8 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 8 months ago from Wales

      So sorry to hear of your situation, anchor. I suppose moving home is impossible? Have you asked the landlord if he has carried out work while you were away? You need to establish if the house is bugged. Find an online forum - I'm sure there are a few out there - where you can ask questions and post photos of your electronics. Get a cheap bug detector or use the suggestions in the article above. When you have proof that the house is bugged, then find out if you can file a suit for harassment - I'm not in the US, so not sure how you would go about it. If you think your SO may be involved, and can prove it, you have to make a decision about the relationship - do you want to continue it, or not?

      You can get through this. Just take baby steps. Find a group of supporters pn an online forum. That's the place to start. Good luck.

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      anchor32 8 months ago

      Hi. I'm a mother to 5 children and it's been 2 months that my home has been feeling strange. Me and my significant other have been in so many fights and it has caused us to loose our kids from state. We have been feeling that our home that we are renting is hacked and filled with spying electronics. He is in a lawsuit and it's just went sad. I know that this home has been set up due to me being a stay at home mother all day everyday. We went on vacation to the dells and when we came back that's when he'll broke loose. I started noticing doors that were changed and locks and patched paint and devices and plugs. I have it in my head that he is part of art but can't prove. I have taken lots of devices and electronics apart and see odd. Everything is not right. They all look rebuilt and have circuit boards of everytype through out the he. I read your blog and everything is us. I need help everyone I have asked make it seem we are crazy. There is more to this but please help me.

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      babyboycigar 9 months ago

      i think its shadow government or some other intelligence bureaucracy. i will go out and strangers i have never met before will start converstions as if they know my entire life. i dont go out or date anymore to keep my sanity and to not be controlled by these invasive lunatics. i dont know how they would know anything about my life unless there was a bug implanted on me. it has to be cell phone/device or through some other technocratic means. im not a narcissist and not delusional. this is really happening!!!! its like Orwell 1984.

      trying to save enough cash to get out of this country and away from these psychotic people that are pathetic and shallow enough to pay mind to what i do. i heard that the government cant do this to me if i were in russia. thanks for advice.

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      Bev 9 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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      babyboycigar 9 months ago

      ive been under surveillance for at least 10 yrs. cant even go to a bar without strangers i never met in my life somehow knowing things about me. these psychotic people with no life are making me go insane. want to move to another country. entire life is a prison. dont know what to do without sounding crazy to people.

      dont know what to do to get away from being stalked and harassed. really angry all the time because of the fear attached to being hunted down, surveilled, and stalked by people i dont know and that i dont want to know. still very young and hair is turning white grey and psoriasis from the stress. i think i will die young due to the stress. i got rid of cell phone because i thought this was the reason. i want to be alone, not monitored, not followed, and never bothered again. any advice?

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      Bev 9 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 9 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 9 months ago from Wales

      Hi Kristi, you can always test out your suspicions by talking (in your flat) about something very specific... like you're thinking of moving home. Then see if that information is repeated back to you, and who by. The website theory is very unlikely, however if a member of your family has had access to your phone, it's a matter of moments to upload a voice recording app. Think about resetting it to its factory settings.

      As far as the singing... that could well be Law of Attraction - happens to me all the time with phrases and movies we mention at home. I'll say a few words and almost immediately someone says the same thing on the TV. Or we'll talk about an old film and the that film will turn up in the TV listings. So don't worry about that sort of thing.

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      Kristi B 9 months ago

      Hi,I live in a rented flat and I have had suspicions of some kind of device or something spying on me and my children.When I go out,things are repeated to me,or if I have done something at home,these things are repeated to me.My family have said things that have made me wonder how they know.I feel like i am being silly,but more and more,I think this is a possibility.

      I even have suspicions that something is being put out further,like on youtube,or out to the world,as pure strangers walk past me and maybe,sing something i had been singing,at home.

      I worry that i am paranoid,but then i feel that i need to do something about my suspicions.i have lived in my flat for 11 years,and just wish i could find out the truth.

      There are smoke detectors,and there are fire alarms that are linked up to the mains in all the flats here.i s there a way someone could spy on you and it be put out to a lot of people,or maybe a website? i am so glad i have just found this site,as i reading the comments,feels like i am not the only who feels like this.Thank you.

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      Bev 10 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 10 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 10 months ago from Wales

      You're welcome, Raquel.

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      Raquel 10 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 10 months ago from Wales

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

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      Lo 10 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 10 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 10 months ago from Wales

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

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      glenn 10 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 10 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 10 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 10 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.

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      glenn j001 10 months ago

      Great info...i think i am being watched and listened to ..do you know if your house can be made more acustical..? Seems i can hear things from other side of the house when i put my ear to wall and at night when there is nothing on and no noise i can still hear things in my walls..??

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      glenn 10 months ago

      Great info was wondering if you know about acoustics , seems like my house has all of sudden become very acustic if put my ear on the walls i can hear all kinds of things...my emails were hacked and phones acting funny, would love to hear your input. Thank you

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      Bev 11 months ago from Wales

      Good idea, Charlie.

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      Bev 11 months ago from Wales

      I meant to say, Kimberley, if I found my boyfriend had done that, he wouldn't be my boyfriend anymore!

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      Bev 11 months ago from Wales

      On your phone, Kimberly. Since I wrote this hub several years ago, installing 'invisible' apps on people's cell phones is the #1 way to spy on them.

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      charlie lever 11 months ago

      I found out who was monitoring me by using the following method. Wait until the day after a lottery draw, then begin by using an online numbers checkeer. Start whooping and yelling and chattering about "I won!! I won!! I WON the freaking lottery! (Be sure to spend an appropriate amount of time checking and re-checking the numbers) Arrange ahead of time a close friend or confidant ( someone you ABSOLUTELY know 100% for sure isn't monitoring you) and call them to tell them the good news. You have to do your best acting to sound REALLY excited and genuine! Then, whomever starts to call you in the following days, (someone who normally wouldn't) and tries to get closer to you, you can almost be sure that they are the culprit!!!!

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      Kimberly 129 11 months ago

      I just found out today my boyfriend was recording me some how. He played a recording of me talk to texting several different friends. My question is how? Could he have put a spyware in my phone? I could hear me talking but not the other party.