How to Detect Electronic Surveillance in Your Home

Written by marshal m. rosenthal
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Hidden cameras and audio pickups have become so prevalent in public places that it was inevitable they’d be used to invade our privacy at home. Because every hidden camera, no matter how small, has a reflective lens, a laser detection device will let you quickly locate a hidden camera in your home, so you can disable it, while a RF Sweeper audio detection device can be used to locate the wireless signal an audio pickup uses. Using the laser detection device and the RF Sweeper audio detection device will betray the presence of electronic surveillance in your home.

Skill level:
Easy

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Things you need

  • Laser detection device
  • RF Sweeper audio detection device

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Stand just inside the doorway of the room or at the entrance of the area of your home that you want to search for a hidden surveillance camera.

  2. 2

    Turn on the laser-detection device. Bring it up to your eye and turn the focusing ring surrounding the eye finder until the image you see through the eye finder is sharp.

  3. 3

    Slowly scan the far wall of the room or area of your home that could have hidden electronic surveillance cameras from left to right. Slowly scan the ceiling of the room or area of your home that could have hidden electronic surveillance cameras from left to right. Slowly scan the floor of the room or area of your home that could have hidden electronic surveillance cameras from left to right.

  4. 4

    Walk into the centre of the room or area of your home that could have hidden electronic surveillance cameras. Bring the laser detection device up to your eye and look through it. Aim the laser detection device at a wall and slowly scan it from left to right. Scan each wall of the room or area of your home that could have hidden electronic surveillance cameras in a similar manner.

  5. 5

    Stop scanning when you see a red dot in the eye finder of the laser detection device. Change your position, so you are a little bit to the left of where you saw the red dot. Look through the eye finder of the laser detection device, and approach the red dot until you are right up against it.

  6. 6

    Remove the laser detection device from your eye, and turn it off. Examine the wall, ceiling or floor where the red dot has indicated that there is a hidden camera doing electronic surveillance of your home. Remove or disable the hidden camera that you have detected.

  1. 1

    Stand just inside the doorway of the room or at the entrance of the area of your home that you want to search for a hidden audio pickup.

  2. 2

    Turn on the RF Sweeper audio detection device. Fine tune the RF knob to zero out the setting. Set the frequency response to the 2.8ghz low band position.

  3. 3

    Slowly enter the room or area or your home where there could be a hidden audio pickup. Sweep the RF Sweeper audio detection device slowly from left to right and up and down as you move throughout the room or area. Watch the LCD display to see if the radio frequency (RF) level drastically increases.

  4. 4

    Set the frequency response of the RF Sweeper audio detection device to the 1.0ghz high band position. Repeat the process of sweeping the room or area of your home with the RF Sweeper audio detection device while watching the LCD display to see if the RF level drastically increases.

  5. 5

    Walk towards the area that causes the RF level on the LCD display to increase. Continue walking until the LCD display indicates the presence of a hidden pickup. Remove, or disable the hidden audio pickup that you have detected.

Tips and warnings

  • Carry fresh batteries, so that the laser detection device and the RF Sweeper audio detection device will always be at full power.
  • Do not aim the laser detection device at a person because it can damage their eyes.

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