To deploy a technical surveillance operation a variety of technical spying gear may be used including spy cameras, audio radio frequency transmitters, surveillance gear, GPS tracking gear and a host of other high-tech spying gear. Many of these devices have built-in motion detection sensors allowing these devices to record and capture information only when the target is on location.
Surveillance devices are usually installed inconspicuously to avoid detection. The exception would be surveillance gear which will be deployed as a nanny camera. Nanny cameras are often concealed in typical household items, like clocks, baby toys or tissue boxes and can go undetected for extended periods of time.
Once a technical surveillance operation has been deployed, spying gear devices installed are usually monitored regularly. This to make sure the equipment is properly functioning. The surveillance operator may check the physical device to collect video or recorded data from time to time. Surveillance operations are conducted over a period of days, weeks and sometimes months.
A surveillance operator’s greatest concern is the target might discover the technical spying device installed. Therefore, a physical observation of the device is sometimes necessary. By physically checking the spying gear installed the surveillance operator risk exposing the operation. Therefore, a target of a technical surveillance threat can use this information to determine who is conducting the surveillance.
If one suspects being under any type of surveillance, care should be taken to avoid disclosing knowledge of the technical spying device is installed. Alerting a surveillance team to concerning knowledge of the spying gear installed may have serious consequences.
A good surveillance operator will regularly check the spying gear installed. Many spying devices have motion detection capabilities and functioning capabilities to allow the device to be activated from a remote location. This allows the battery life of spying gear to be extended.
In addition, the target’s information can be collected at an operator’s discretion and time. Sometimes spying devices can be installed in a target’s home, office or even a target’s vehicle and thus surveillance operator must be able to enable and disable the device as the target moves from one location to another.
The objective of utilizing technical spying gear is to allow the surveillance gear to function over an extended period of time. Checking the gear frequently adds to the potential risk to the technical operation being exposed.
Some technical spying gear is vulnerable to technical counter surveillance measures when the device is operating. This is because spying devices often transmit within a specific radio frequency range which is detectable with proper counter surveillance gear. It is more difficult to detect the device when the device is not operational. Therefore, other countermeasures are required.
This is another not to alert a surveillance team by disturbing technical devices installed, otherwise a surveillance team may take measures, which may include either abandoning an operation or in most cases simply increasing the level of technical deployment of more sophisticated spying gear; thereby making detection of spying devices more difficult to discover. In some cases, a surveillance team will just regroup and employ different tactics to achieve the same objective.
Another reason for discretion is because a surveillance team takes into consideration the installed spying gear might be compromised or discovered without their knowledge. If the device is discovered the target could provide misleading information to thwart surveillance efforts.
If one does discover some form of technical surveillance, discretion and secrecy of this knowledge are paramount. Knowledge of a surveillance operation should not be discussed openly because one can never be 100% certain surveillance is not being conducted by a close friend, associate or business partner.
Furthermore, it is not advisable to talk over any form of a cell phone or unsecured telephone lines, whether at home or at the office. There is spying gear available which can monitor a specific target’s cell phone number. Once the target uses their phone the spying gear automatically records the entire conversation on both sides while the target is unaware. These spying devices are very expensive and often deployed by professionals, whether they are law enforcement, government agencies or even private investigation services.
Discretion can also help prevent or mitigate the possible consequences of a surveillance team acting overtly and even taking more aggressive measures. Therefore, discretion is an excellent weapon which, if used correctly, can make the difference between being compromised by technical surveillance or successfully protecting your privacy. As mentioned, some professional spying gear is prohibitively expensive and is normally only available to law enforcement or security or military agencies. In addition, it does take some technical knowledge in order to successfully deploy those devices.
However, given advancements in microchip technology reasonably affordable spying gear is available to consumers. Most spying gear devices are relatively easy to use and deploy. Regardless of spying device used a certain level of knowledge and homework, and planning is required whether one is doing the spying or trying to protect personal privacy or security.
If one believes they are under technical surveillance, every move must be planned meticulously to thwart the attempt.
* Ascertain when and where the surveillance is being conducted
* Try to determine who is conducting the surveillance because this information will help determine your counter strategy
* Ascertain any potential risk if the surveillance operation is exposed
The primary purpose of technical surveillance detection is to protect one’s privacy. To this end protecting one’s privacy will require discretion and secrecy. One need not be a surveillance expert to secure or use spying gear, but again this depends on the level of threat and experience of surveillance operators. Spying devices publicly available to consumers are relatively inexpensive and do not require a high level of technical knowledge in most cases, but it depends on the type of spying gear being used.
The key to a successful technical counter surveillance operation is to maintain discretion, plan meticulously and develop counter strategies. Following these basic guidelines will help to protect against technical surveillance threats. Keep in mind, not all counter tactics can be successfully executed if you are dealing with a professional, organized and determine surveillance team.