How To Tell If A Car Is Bugged - Counter Surveillance
We are living in a world of uncertainty, and part of that uncertainty is the risk of being bugged by a harmful entity. Whoever they are, whatever their intentions are, it’s important to handle the situation properly. Your vehicle is a place where you are supposed to feel safe, and where many people spill their most delicate information. What better place to have a private conversation than inside your car, unless someone is secretly listening. While this is not a common threat, and you are not going to be placed under surveillance for a marginal reason, it does happen to the general public. If you feel like you have been placed under surveillance in your vehicle or anywhere else, follow along and make sure that you know the right steps to take.
Where To Start With Automobile Counter Surveillance
You may be thinking that a car is the last place someone would bug, but that’s far from the truth. Nine times out of ten, your car has lower security than your home or office, and it’s left unattended often enough to maintain the listening or tracking devices if your attackers need to. What can you do before calling the professionals? Here are some measures that you should take before calling in a counter-intelligence agency to investigate:
Clean Your Car
This is not an option, it’s more of a requirement. To increase your chances of finding a listening device in your vehicle, it should be impeccably clean and all junk, papers, and extra items should be removed. You will have a “clean” start on your search and if you need to call in the experts, they will be able to properly examine the vehicle.
Look For Signs Of Disturbance
In this next step, you will need a keen eye and a bit of patience. Inspect the interior of your vehicle, including any tears in the seat, ticked-away crevices, and in all compartments, examining every inch of the vehicle bit-by-bit.
Check Your Wheel Wells & Exterior Parts?
While you are checking for listening devices inside your vehicle, it may be beneficial to go ahead and look for any tracking devices on the exterior. Shine a light under your vehicle and ensure that there are no inorganic items, repeating the process for your wheel wells, under the hood, and around the trunk. GPS tracking devices may be used separately or in conjunction with listening bugs.
Keep Your Exterior a Bit Grungy
The individuals or team that would be trying to break into your vehicle will not have a key, hopefully. This means that they will have to struggle in some fashion to get inside, and that’s where some dirt on your paint can come in handy. A thin layer of dirt or dust can make any handprints, smudges, and tampering much more evident.
The Next Steps
After you finish conducting a mini-sweep on your vehicle, you will reach one of three outcomes:
There’s No Listening And You Feel Better
For the sake of anyone reading, hopefully, this is the outcome you reach. Ideally, taking a few precautionary steps will put your mind at ease and let you sleep better, but that’s not always the case.
No Device Was Found But You Feel Threatened
Sometimes not finding the device can be just as worrisome as finding one. If you have heard static interference or notice that something has been off, consider calling in the experts. At the least, you will have that peace of mind mentioned previously, and if you are being bugged, the right people are already there.
There is A Device, And You Need Help
If you find a listening device, tracker, or other surveillance equipment in your vehicle, do not hesitate to call the counter-surveillance professionals. These situations should always be handled by a team with the proper knowledge, experience, and equipment to keep you safe and eliminate all other privacy invasions.
Why Not Squash The Bug?
IF you find something in your home or vehicle, eliminating the device will not get rid of your issue. Counter Surveillance experts are next-level private investigators that are specially trained to handle situations with the delicacy of espionage. Tossing the bug and forgetting the situation leaves the attackers at large, and you in danger.
Nobody is stopping you from doing an in-depth clean on your car and taking some preventative measures, but if you feel like you are truly in danger, call someone who can assist with counter-intelligence. Surveillance efforts are always serious, and they should be treated as such.