How to Sweep for Bugs and Hidden Cameras?

Written by Abby Hill
2 mins, 35 secs Read
Updated On August 24, 2023

With technological advancement, you need to be more aware of your surroundings now. You never know when someone is eavesdropping on your important conversation or crucial business meeting. Furthermore, you need to have peace of mind staying in a hotel room or an Airbnb where no one is watching you or spying on you.   

That’s when counter surveillance gadgets and other techniques come in handy to keep you safe and sound. Therefore, we will discuss 6 practical tips in this article on how you can sweep for bugs and hidden cameras in a breeze. Let’s dive into it!  

Sweep Every Nook and Cranny

If you feel something is off or unusual in the room, trust your gut and physically scan the entire room. It’s always better to be safe than sorry; doing so will give you peace of mind.

You should scan the room for any strange object that may be placed in a weird position and has no purpose in being in the room in the first place. For instance, if a teddy bear is placed on the dressing table and is weirdly positioned, you must inspect it to check whether someone is using it to spy on you.

Likewise, any other décor or furniture item that doesn’t even work may also require inspecting closely. People can easily find cheap tracking products on the market that don’t actually look like one, such as fake Bluetooth speakers and lamps, so you need to inspect and confirm.

Turn the Lights Off

Another great way to sweep for bugs and hidden cameras is to turn off the room’s lights. If there are any hidden cameras or bugs installed in the room, they will clearly give off tiny red or white light. This can immediately warn you about the room being bugged, so you can look closely and take appropriate action.

Moreover, simply shining a small torch light around the entire room will also help you figure out any hidden cameras since the camera lens will instantly reflect.

Listen to the Landline

Bugging landlines to eavesdrop on your conversations is something you may already be aware of, and it’s not hard to detect any bugs. For this, you should make a test call to any of your family members or friends.

If your landline is bugged, you will be able to hear unusual sounds like someone is interfering with the landline connection.

Examine Small, Round Holes on the Wall

You may notice small, round holes on the wall that may look like they have been drilled to hang pictures or other décor pieces. If they are big enough to fit in a camera, it’s better to examine them and confirm for yourself.

Look for New Items

Nobody knows your working or personal space better than you, as you spend significant time there.

Therefore, if you notice a sudden yet subtle change in your space setting or see that new objects have been placed, you should rapidly scan the area and objects to save yourself from trouble down the line.

Use an RF Bug Detector

One of the best ways to sweep a room for bugs and hidden cameras is to use an RF bug detector which is affordable, accurate, portable, and functional.

Since modern spy equipment uses RF signals to send the data (such as audio or video) from the source to the receiver for effective surveillance, you can easily detect such devices emitting RF signals using an RF bug detector.

Before you start scanning the room, you should turn off your electronic devices like laptops and phones or even the TV in the room to prevent them from disrupting the RF bug detector functionality. If there are any hidden cameras or bugs in the room, the detector will start buzzing or beeping to alert you.

Author: Abby Hill