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How To Find Hidden Surveillance Equipment

Marianne   January 29, 2024

The thought of being monitored or recorded without consent has become a concern for many over recent years. Hidden surveillance equipment like spy cameras, listening devices, and tracking devices can be planted in homes, offices, or even carried unknowingly while on-the-go.

This blog aims to guide you through identifying such devices and why Spy Equipment UK should be your go-to for counter-surveillance solutions.

What Is Surveillance Equipment?

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Before diving into the best ways to detect these hidden devices, it’s useful to understand what constitutes surveillance equipment. Typically, this includes:

  • Hidden cameras: These can range from tiny pinhole cameras to ones disguised as everyday objects like wall clocks, coffee cups or smoke alarms.
  • Listening devices: Often very small, these can be hidden in various everyday household objects or locations to eavesdrop on conversations.
  • GPS trackers: Used for tracking the location of a vehicle or individual, these GPS trackers and asset trackers are becoming increasingly compact and hard to detect.
  • Computer monitoring: Involves tracking and recording activities taking place on a computer or network, for example through PC monitoring or data recovery.
  • Phone monitoring: This can be executed through various means, including spy phones, phone softwares and mobile phone or landline recorders.

Why Should You Be Concerned About Surveillance Equipment?

The presence of surveillance equipment in your home or office can be a severe invasion of privacy. Being unknowingly recorded or tracked can lead to compromised personal information, corporate espionage, or even personal safety threats. Therefore, being vigilant and knowing how to spot these devices is crucial. We talk more about this in our blog: ‘How To Tell Whether Your House Has Been Bugged’, so make sure you have a read.

How To Find Hidden Surveillance Equipment

At Spy Equipment UK, our team consists of ex-police officers and private investigators, as well as security consultants, electrical engineers and technicians, so we are well-versed in detecting unwanted spy devices. Here’s what we suggest you do to find each type of surveillance device.

Spotting Spy Cameras


Whether it’s in your own home, workspace, or perhaps an airbnb or holiday rental, people often wonder whether they are being watched by a hidden camera. Some things you can do to locate these include:

  • Conduct a visual inspection: Look for unusual objects or ones that seem out of place. Check smoke detectors, air filters, books, or shelves.
  • Use your phone: Some hidden cameras rely on Wi-Fi. Check if there are unknown Wi-Fi signals when you’re in a new place. Be aware, some WiFi cameras can hide their SSID from the network, so make sure you try different methods.
  • Look for lights: Some cameras have small, coloured status indicator lights. Inspect your surroundings in a dark room for any unusual lights.
  • Use a torch: By shining a torch around a room, you have a chance of catching the reflection from a camera lens.
  • Use a hidden camera detector: One of the best ways to quickly find a hidden camera is to use a spy camera detector and other counter surveillance devices. At Spy Equipment UK, we offer a variety of spy bug finders, which are affordable, easy to use and highly effective.

Detecting Listening Devices


Whilst spy cameras are most commonly deployed covertly, it is also important to look out for hidden listening devices. Here are some ways you can do this:

  • Listen for unusual sounds: High-pitched buzzing sounds can be an indicator, especially around mains power outlets. .
  • Check electronic devices: Investigate televisions, radios, or phones, as bugs can sometimes be attached to these.
  • Physical inspection: Similar to camera detection, inspect your surroundings thoroughly.

Finding GPS Trackers

Often GPS trackers can be placed covertly on your vehicle, your person or in your belongings, so you should also be aware of how to spot these.

  • Inspect your vehicle: Pay special attention to the underside, wheel wells, and around the rear subframe structure or inside the rear bumper.
  • Examine personal items, especially those of value: Inspect your personal items, such as wallets, purses, jackets, and other clothing. Pay attention to any unusual bulges or seams.
  • Regular checks: Periodically empty your bag, backpack, or suitcase, and inspect everything thoroughly, including the lining and pockets.
  • Use a bug detector: These devices can help detect the radio frequencies emitted by trackers.

These are some of our tips on how to spot hidden surveillance equipment yourself, but we will always recommend asking a professional, for complete peace of mind. Spy Equipment UK offers a reliable counter surveillance sweep service, which involves one of our surveillance experts visiting your home or office to thoroughly scan the area using our specialist bug detection equipment. We also offer this service for cars and other vehicles.

Remember, the use of surveillance equipment is governed by laws which vary by region. It is essential to be aware of and comply with local regulations regarding both the use of such equipment and counter-surveillance measures.

To find out more about the professional services, or about any of our counter surveillance products, read our ultimate guide to counter surveillance.

Why Choose Spy Equipment UK For Surveillance Equipment?

Since 2000, Spy Equipment UK has stood out as the leading retailer for surveillance equipment and professional bug detection solutions for several reasons:

  • Expertise and experience: With years of experience in counter-surveillance, we have a profound understanding of various types of spy equipment and how to counteract them.
  • Top quality counter-surveillance solutions: We offer an array of high-quality products designed to detect and neutralise surveillance equipment.
  • Customised approach: Understanding that each situation is unique, Spy Equipment UK offers tailored solutions to fit specific needs.
  • Educational Resources: Besides services and products, we provide valuable information and resources to educate the public about surveillance risks and protection strategies.

Leading Counter Surveillance Solutions From Spy Equipment UK

Whilst advancements in surveillance technology pose new challenges in maintaining privacy, being informed, proactive and vigilant is the key. For those who feel they might be at risk or just want to ensure their privacy, conducting regular checks using the methods above is essential.

Our team is always on hand to offer advice, no matter the situation, so contact us today to find out more, or to book your counter surveillance sweep service. You can call us on 024 76010588 or email us at