How to Detect Being Spied on at Home

By Amy Pell Glasgow

Spies commonly use surveillance cameras.
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Those who spy have many resources available. Technology has made it easy for someone who wants to spy to purchase and set up spy gear, including motion-sensitive recording cameras, anywhere. It has also made it harder for potential victims to know when someone is watching them. But you can outsmart a spy and feel secure from being spied on at home.

Familiarize yourself with existing home security, including the alarm system, window locks and door locks. Check each security outlet for signs of scratches, bends and other visible damage. Signs of intrusion include doors and windows that do not lock as smoothly as they did in the past.

Check the outer perimeter of your house. Spies often begin with telephone service boxes. Telephone companies generally lock the service boxes as part of their safety precautions. If you find signs of tampering with a service box, call your service provider. our phone company will send a technician to your home to investigate and alert you if someone is tapping your phone. Spies also use vehicles to conduct surveillance. Conduct a your own search for unknown vehicles around your home.

Turn off the lights in your home, and check every room. Look for tiny green or red lights. Some spy cameras and microphones have an indicator, a "power on" light. This will lead you to the device in question.

Turn off all appliances and electrical and electronic devices that may make noise. Make a quiet entrance into each room, listening for a light clicking noise or buzz. Small, motion-sensitive spy cameras make an almost inaudible buzz or click when motion activates them to record.

Check for loose or extra wires that appear to lead nowhere. While digital and remote surveillance methods have made hard-wired spying nearly obsolete as of 2011, some spies still use the method.