How to Find Spy Devices in Your Home

Updated on July 12, 2018
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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.

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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, or local government official.
  • Your partner or spouse believes you are having an affair.
  • You are getting divorced.
  • You are petitioning for sole custody of your children.
  • You are a suspected activist.
  • You have logged in to 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 or possess something valuable.
  • You are a celebrity.
  • You are the victim of a stalker.

Listening devices might be hidden in plain sight.
Listening devices might be hidden in plain sight. | Source

Warning Signs That You're Being Watched

If you believe you may be a target for a covert operation, the first thing to do is look for evidence that someone is watching or listening to your private conversations. Here are the warning signs to look out for:

  • Someone you know (your partner, a colleague, or neighbor) may inadvertently let slip something that you said in privacy, 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 broken into or burgled, even if nothing significant was taken. You may not even notice if a door was left open or a window forced and you won't ever notice 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?

Signs Your Cell Phone Is Tapped or Bugged

  • Is your battery losing its charge? If you see sudden drops in your phone's charge when you have not been using it, or if you find yourself suddenly needing to charge it more often, this may mean that the battery is being depleted by someone who's remotely activating your microphone or accessing voice or text messages.
  • Does your phone seem to have a mind of its own? If it turns off and on by itself or won't shut down (or hesitates before it will), makes noises (especially a pulsating, static noise that hints that the mic or speaker is active), randomly starts installing apps, or if the light is still lit after you shut it off, this may mean someone is controlling it remotely.
  • Do you hear electronic blips and pops from computers, phones, televisions, and radios? Since phone transmissions often interfere with other electronic devices, and many phone tapping devices use frequencies that might interfere with your electronics, if you hear electronic echo or static coming from devices when you're not on your phone, it might indicate remote activity.
  • Is your phone warm, even when you haven't been using it? This is a sign that the phone is working and depleting the battery.
  • Do you get SMS text messages that look like random, meaningless strings of numbers and symbols? This may indicate fumbled attempts at coded transmissions.
  • Have you seen an unexplained jump in the cost of your data? If your phone bills shoot up for no apparent reason, someone else may be running up your data bill.

Solutions: Keep in mind that these signs might only mean that you need a new battery, regular transmission of data is being interrupted by a poor connection, you need to call your provider and argue about the cost of your plan, there was a glitch in the hardware or software, or your phone is on the fritz. There are many useful apps that help you monitor your battery use. If you take the battery out of your phone when it's not in use, this can deter unwanted activity.

Signs That Your Landline Is Bugged

  • Do you hear 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.
  • Is your telephone making 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.
  • If you can hear a dial tone even when your phone is on the hook, this is a sign that it may have been tapped.
  • 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.

What to do: Locate the B-Box or cross-connect box for your phone and check the two wires ("cable pair") associated with your landline. Are there any extra cables or devices attached? A service technician can help you, or you can hire a company to do a wire tap connection sweep.

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.

Locating Hidden Spy Cameras

A simple cost-effective method to detect hidden spy cameras is to wait until dark. Turn off all the lights and block out any light from outside. Grab a cardboard tube - a roll of paper towel is ideal. Turn on your smart phone's flashlight, or use a regular flashlight.

Hold the tube up to one eye and close the other. Hold the flashlight next to the tube. Now slowly scan every inch of the room. You are looking for a tiny light with a halo, which is the reflection of the camera lens.

Miniature spy camera lens (CC BY-SA 3.0)
Miniature spy camera lens (CC BY-SA 3.0) | Source

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 bug detector is 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 within 10 meters of a audio 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.

I'd Love to Know Your Experience, But...

The comments section is becoming way too long. I can now only accept comments that are directly related to the topic of the article, i.e. discovering actual hardware, phone apps, or evidence of bugging in your home.

And, while I appreciate you sharing your personal accounts, there's nothing I can actually do, other than offer the advice given above and in the comments. I'm really sorry, but unless your comment is on topic, it will be deleted.

Any questions you have, must be asked right here on this page, either in the Q&A section or in the comments. I cannot respond to direct inquiries via email.

Thanks so much for reading.

Questions & Answers

  • I hear there's an app for smartphones that can detect spying devices. Is it worth trying?

    Yes, there are apps for both Android and iPhone that can detect the magnetic pulse of a device and the tiny light of a hidden camera. However, I haven't used them so don't know how effective they are. Search on your preferred app platform for 'Hidden Device Detector'.

  • I heard noises coming from my TV at 4 am and I'm sure that I've been hacked or being spied on. I don't have any internet connection except on my cell phone. The TV is a ROKU. Can someone see me and hear me through the TV?

    It's more likely to be updating itself. If you've no reason to think someone might be spying on you, they probably aren't.

  • I've had a stalker for over 2 years now. I contacted police and have done anything and everything I could think of. I want to find the devices in which he can see me, it looks like it's in the lighting fixtures. When it is in use the light bulbs burn out, but I can't tell where the spy device is at. Can you help?

    You have to collect proof. You have to locate the devices, using the suggestions I've made, both in the article and in the comments section.

    People must become pro-active and fight back, not literally, but to thwart their stalker.

    1. Never interact with them or give them the satisfaction of knowing you are frightened.

    2. Gather proof. I cannot say this often enough.

    3. Ensure he cannot break in. Make sure there are security locks on windows and doors.

    4. Make technology work in your favor. These days you can install apps on your phone that work with cameras in your home so you can see who comes to the door, wherever you happen to be.

    5. Do install your own cameras all over your home. If you can get a recording of a stalker entering your home, you have proof.

    6. Purchase a bug scanner and use it. A cash layout of $20-$60 is a low price to pay for peace of mind.

    7. Keep a record of everything - even if you don't think it's that important. Silent phone calls, strange vehicles lurking outside, people hanging around, etc.

    8. Keep a loud whistle on you at all times. If you get any weird calls, blow the whistle as loud as you can down the phone. Also always carry a rape alarm.

    It's your life; you need to protect it and get this person out of it. Meanwhile, take commonsense precautions, but do not allow them to ruin your life. You can be cleverer than them.

  • How do you look for trackers in a garage that's packed with junk?

    Well, most high-quality bug sweepers have a good enough range to cover a whole garage from the door. However, if yours is one that requires you to get closer to the walls, then there's no solution other than to clean out the garage. It's a good reason to get it done.

    Remember that if there is any electronic equipment in there or anything with batteries, then it could cause a false reading.

© 2012 Bev G

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      Bev 

      3 days ago

      @ Wolf3D Sorry to hear of your situation. I'm not familiar with any iPhone app that would suffice as evidence that your phone is hacked. You need to search the Appstore. I suggest you find one that will clean your phone of any malware or spyware and do a bug sweep as described in the article above. You don't need to spend any money to follow the advice given. Hope you manage to get everything sorted out soon.

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      Bev G 

      2 months ago from Wales, UK

      It's all on the page, Genevieve. Also check out the Q&As. Obtain evidence. Get yourself a scanner. It definitely sounds like something's going on.

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      GenevieveElizabet 

      2 months ago

      My husband and I are virtually certain that we are being listened to, both at our winter residence and a small summer cottage. Many things that we have talked about either come up missing or are damaged, conversations that are private are known to the people we feel are doing this. We have examined all outlets and other places. We occasionally hear something that "whirrs" or reminds one of a tape player ending after a CD ends. Most noticeable is in a large leather chair and near our kitchen/both of which are within feet of each other. The other place is my bed pillow where I've heard a "ticking" noise like a watch, but I don't wear a watch. I am suspicious that it is a voice activated bug and when I snore, it transmits sound letting them know I'm asleep or when we talk it records. We've been broken into multiple times at night, our alarm system circumvented somehow. Police are aware. Friends think we are cuckoo but the magic marker on a new piece of furniture, damaged appliances and missing family heirlooms says we aren't. Advice?

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      Li-Jen Hew 

      3 months ago

      Hello Bev. Useful article that keeps us on the look out for spy devices! It raises awareness. If I ever find any spy device in the house, will return to this page. Thanks for sharing! :)

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      Bev G 

      3 months ago from Wales, UK

      Hi Marilyn, they are small electronic devices. Usually tiny. You are unlikely to find it without a bug detector which allows you to home in on its precise location.

      The most common form of bugging is a hidden app on your phone.

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      Marilyn 

      3 months ago

      I have been feeling like someone is staring at me all the time. Husband acting strange and was installing different light in closet and removed ceiling fan parts when nothing wrong with them. Telling me info I haven’t told him. I’m coming into money and I’m keeping it like he did his inheritance and not helping on bills. What am I looking for? I have no idea what a camera or voice bug looks like. Thanks in advice for all your info.

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      Bev G 

      4 months ago from Wales, UK

      Same as I tell everyone, maddog, collect proof. Recordings, videos, photos. Keep a detailed log of events. Then you can take it to the police and they will have to act.

      Remember that any 'innocent' electronic equipment within the pick-up distance of your bug detector will register as a positive reading. That could be computers, phones, TVs etc.

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      maddog 

      4 months ago

      i live in a rv/mh park and i am being listened to, and recorded inside my rv by at least 1 of my neighbors if not more and this has been going on since late 2016 or early 2017, i have a bug detector/tracer and i frequently sweep my trailer when i get these certain signs , from high pitched beeping inside, noises squealing in my ears , and obvious attitude and actions like rocking my trailer at all hours that coincide with doors opening, muffled voices outside, even think management is involved or possibly the cause of this. im no idiot, and a very observant person and i feel i know who as well as why some of these individuals are doing this. i love where i live as well as the park and 98% of the people who live here, which a large percentage are only here up to 6 months a year.i lived here 5 years and i have brought this of the attention of management on at least 2 occasions, and to 2 different managers both of which have lived here a shorter time then me. i only reported it again after we lost the first manager to an earlier death.That manager i never felt was involved and who showed genuine concern when i reported it to them, the 2nd one told me 'i know there not involved, ive known them to well', but ive been living here 3 years longer then this manager, and 4 longer then the people i suspected and mentioned,which live in another country and arrived a year apart The park is owned by a corporation that owns many parks like it throughout the state and frown on renter owner contact, leaving all complaints to be handled by management. I really dont want anyone to get in trouble i just want it to end. I am disabled as well as indigent and cant afford to take actions like attorneys/ private detectives / or do i want to try calling the authorities again, which i did once and was no one can shake that trailer its to big (35ft travel trailer on wheels and tires) and threaten to take me to jail the first time i called. i dont have a good track record with the law , i was charged and convicted of cultivation of marijuana 20 years ago so i am a felon. Any suggestions ??????

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      Kristy 

      4 months ago

      This information is very informative. I am thankful that it is available for people like me who are being stalked but cant afford to have my house debugged. 6 months this has been going on. And I am DONE. My stalkers WANT me to know they are there.

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      Bev G 

      4 months ago from Wales, UK

      Yes, it's perfectly possible, Sylvie. There must be someone who could come in and check for you? Another neighbor? A friend?

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      Syl 

      4 months ago

      I just read what katie said, and that is the point i was making, My neighbour knows exactly where i am and what i am doing in my apt, because when i call the police on her for hammering on my wall at 3 to 5 am every single day for over a year, she tells them lies, but also tells them stuff she could not know, like what i say on the phone, or what i am wearing etc. it is really scary..God speed Katie...xo

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      Sylvie-urgent 

      4 months ago

      I know you only read if I found it, but I need to know, is it possible my neighbour in an apartment building,whom has know my every move since I moved in a year and a half ago, put a bug in my electrical outlet, from her side of the wall? it's an older building, and when i moved in there were no partitions between our balconies, and the back door was wide open. She literally bangs on the wall if I walk bare foot from my bedroom to the bathroom at 3 am. the outlet I realize has access to view almost my entire apartment, but my hands are physically disabled,(was paralyzed), and I can't check it myself, and can't afford someone to come in unless I am sure it can be done. I assume the outlet which is in my living room, which is her living room as well, probably goes through to an outlet in the same position on her side, although probably on a different breaker..any chance of this? thank you for reading..this woman has a history of sever mental issues, and scared off two tenants before me..thanks..sylvie

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      Bev G 

      4 months ago from Wales, UK

      Read the article, Thecomebackkid, there's plenty of advice there.

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      Thecomebackkid 

      4 months ago

      Somebody has been following me for a very long time. And it’s bigger than one person. I’ve had numerous people not like me cause of only things I said to myself behind their backs. I’ve had people give me weird looks cause sometimes I am imtimate with myself. These people know things they shouldn’t. I had to do with an immature journal I wrote about a number of people and was given to masses. Help! I can’t afford a private detector and the $400 witless dd005 camera detected was crap! A private detective said he can get the job done, but it cost $5000. Thats crazy. I need help. Can I just call the cops and they something about it? This is happening to me as we speak. I even think my phones tap. And I’m American and never made a terrorist threat. Something ain’t right what do I do?

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      Bev G 

      4 months ago from Wales, UK

      Hi James, I've never heard of this. Neither would I think that a phone could generate a loud enough volume. You have recorded these incidences, haven't you?

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      James Dickson 

      4 months ago

      Neighbor directly above us has weaponized her smartphone high/low frequency apps directing them against us; lays her phone on her floor, speaker-side-down, generates sickening, ear-drum-breaking noises NO ONE ELSE can hear, turns it off when Police or Mgr approach. It's the perfect crime- exhaust, sicken or murder a neighbor without ever touching them. We are no one important, just an accessible, vulnerable target for malicious activity. I haven't yet found the agency to report this technology misuse/abuse, but there should be one.

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      Kay 

      4 months ago

      I find it interesting what Katie said 7 days ago. I too can hear my neighbour. It is a private investigator. I can hear conversaions and I have realised he works for my father. From what I have heard, they have been using even fact of my life to text children to set me up with nonce hunters and put me in prisin. I need to prove this. What can I possibly do please I am desperate and so very upset about this. Police think I am crazy.

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      Bev G 

      4 months ago from Wales, UK

      Personally, I'd dump him, Tee. Tell him you know what he's doing. Explain that is harassment. Ask him if he will let you monitor his phone. Get your own phone reset to factory settings and warn him that if you find spyware on your phone again, you'll leave him. Set your boundaries. You are not his property.

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      Tee 

      4 months ago

      Hi, my babies father did something to my cell phone to where he can listen in on my conversations and see who I am texting. It's getting to the point where I feel like I cannot even have a private conversation in my own home. So one time I left my phone outside and when I spoke to him he indirectly repeated what I was talking about to my mother! Can you please help me and possibly give me a little advice on what to do?

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      Bev G 

      5 months ago from Wales, UK

      How do you know that she knows those things, Katie? And yes, you must collect evidence, If you can hear her, you can record her. There's lots of advice in the article and in the comments.

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      Katie 

      5 months ago

      I can hear my neighbor in my house and in my car. I'm not sure how's she's listening to me and my kids but she knows personal things like what color my underwear are that I'm wearing. Please help not sure what to do. I called police but they need evidence

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      Bev G 

      5 months ago from Wales, UK

      Did something else happen four years ago, Sarah? Do you think something brought you to their attention?

      Do you keep detailed records, as I advise everyone to do?

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      Sarah 

      5 months ago

      Somebody has been watching me for 4 yrs i know its the cops i have called them numerous timesand they say its nothing i have dtones all around my house they follow me where ever I go i have i microphone thong in front of my face at all times im wearing sunglasses now typing this they shine lasers in any room I go into i can take a pic in my house and theres faces and eyes in my walls curtains the drones they have are high tech i can hear same cars go by my house all night long they rewired my cable box at 3 in the morning last sunday ive been to police news paper airport everybody says theres nothimmg they can do im so tired of liv I'm ng like this please help me

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      Bev G 

      5 months ago from Wales, UK

      That's weird. Have you tried resetting your phone to factory settings? It's a pain but may sort it out.

      Twitter? Well, personally, it's not so important to me, so I'd close the account and set up a new one. However, if you need it as is, I'm not sure what you can do. Take care x

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      Anna Mouse NJ 

      5 months ago

      Bev, thank you for settling my nerves.

      This isn't the only thing that happened. I was added to over 350 middle eastern twitter accounts. 350. Not 1 or 2. I'm a white, past middle aged woman working in IT. My phone turns the camera on by itself (so i covered the lens), and I'll wake up in the morning to find it was checking the weather in Turkey.

      Theres no one in my immediate circle who would play these type tricks on me, so finding the playback added to my concern.

      I'll figure out the voice recording cache and turn it off.

      Thanks for the help. Anna

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      Bev G 

      5 months ago from Wales, UK

      Anna, it's possible that when you previously used whatever device is connected to your BT headset, you inadvertently enabled voice record. If your phone (or whatever device) is voice activated, you may have spoken the wake-up word, which is why it began replaying.

      Use appropriate software to clean up your device history and cache.

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      Anna Mouse NJ 

      5 months ago

      Strangest thing. My bluetooth heaset was sitting on my desk, and I heard voices coming out. It was playing back conversations I had with my husband from last week.

      Ok this is scary, outrageous, probably illegal, not to mention stupid.

      I think it means there is a recording and playback device in my house. It was about a week ago that I had the conversations it was playing back, so the bug has storage for a weeks worth of audio. What do I do now?

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      Bev G 

      5 months ago from Wales, UK

      Follow the advice to keep detailed records, Vicky. I don't know who you could connect with in your area, but perhaps you can find some group near you who can offer support?

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      Vicki 

      5 months ago

      I cannot find the devices but used a spy app and they appear to all over my house is there anything I can do about it .. I am not good at tech stuff Just want to know is there any way I have been targeted by Police and Mental Health after complaining about repeated Physical assaults in a Mental health

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      Bev G 

      6 months ago from Wales, UK

      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 

      6 months 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 G 

      6 months ago from Wales, UK

      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 

      6 months 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 

      6 months 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 

      6 months 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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      Bev G 

      7 months ago from Wales, UK

      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 

      7 months 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 G 

      7 months ago from Wales, UK

      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 

      7 months 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 G 

      7 months ago from Wales, UK

      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 months 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 G 

      8 months ago from Wales, UK

      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 

      8 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 G 

      9 months ago from Wales, UK

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

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      Bev G 

      9 months ago from Wales, UK

      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 

      9 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 

      9 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 G 

      9 months ago from Wales, UK

      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 

      9 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 G 

      9 months ago from Wales, UK

      Toss the phone :)

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      Isla 

      9 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 G 

      10 months ago from Wales, UK

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

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      Anthony 

      10 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 G 

      10 months ago from Wales, UK

      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 

      10 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 G 

      10 months ago from Wales, UK

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

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      Anthony 

      10 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 G 

      10 months ago from Wales, UK

      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 

      10 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 G 

      10 months ago from Wales, UK

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

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      Mark 

      10 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 G 

      11 months ago from Wales, UK

      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 

      11 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 G 

      12 months ago from Wales, UK

      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 G 

      12 months ago from Wales, UK

      Voyeur, I expect, JB.

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      JB 

      12 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 

      12 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 G 

      12 months ago from Wales, UK

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

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      John Doe 

      12 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 G 

      12 months ago from Wales, UK

      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 G 

      13 months ago from Wales, UK

      "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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      ... 

      13 months ago

      a stalker is a "he?"

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      Bev G 

      13 months ago from Wales, UK

      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. 

      13 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 G 

      14 months ago from Wales, UK

      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 G 

      14 months ago from Wales, UK

      Thanks for your very comprehensive comments, MikeyG.

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      Mikey G 

      14 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 

      14 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 G 

      14 months ago from Wales, UK

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

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      shahadot 

      14 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 G 

      14 months ago from Wales, UK

      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 

      14 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 G 

      14 months ago from Wales, UK

      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 

      14 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 G 

      14 months ago from Wales, UK

      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 

      14 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 G 

      15 months ago from Wales, UK

      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 

      15 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 G 

      15 months ago from Wales, UK

      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 

      15 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 

      15 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 G 

      15 months ago from Wales, UK

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

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      Kelsey Robertson 

      15 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 G 

      15 months ago from Wales, UK

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

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      August46 

      15 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 

      16 months ago

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

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      donna cadle 

      16 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 

      16 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 G 

      16 months ago from Wales, UK

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

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      Satya 

      16 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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