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The Basics of Bug Sweeps
Electronic Bug Detection, Surveillance Detection, Counter Surveillance, Debugging or whatever you choose to call it, “Bug Sweeps” involve the electronic and physical scanning of a building, property, area or vehicle to locate and remove any unauthorized surveillance or monitoring equipment. Bug Sweeps require government level technology and advanced training and certifications and should only be conducted by qualified professionals. Bug Sweeps (Known to professionals at Technical Surveillance Countermeasures) are designed to identify & locate the eavesdropping device and allow the technician to disable the illegal recording devices. Our technicians have categorized the two most common types of “bugs” found in Florida as Active & Passive…
An active or linear device is always on with an active transmitter. Linear devices are usually very well hidden and virtually impossible to detect. They can be Video, Audio or GPS and usually operate via a radio frequency, hardwired or recording type device. Professionally conducted Bug Sweeps include a thorough physical search in addition to comprehensive electronic countermeasures screening of the area.
A passive or non-linear device can be turned on and off remotely to be more difficult for bug sweeps to detect. These are operated either by an outside signal, a timer, light source changes or motion detection. These can also “jump” radio frequencies to make detection impossible unless the professional conducting the Bug Sweeps has the specialized equipment and training. These devices can record Video, Audio or GPS and are usually GSM or radio frequency devices. Professionally conducted bug sweeps rely on government level technology to sift through emitted radio waves to identify the signals produced by these types of “bugs”.