Use Covert Listening Devices to Protect Yourself in the Digital Age

Safety and security are two of the issues at the forefront of every individual’s mind these days; in this digital age where governments are passing public surveillance laws, and the media is reporting more and more on scandalous invasions of privacy in the celebrity world, people are understandably worried about their privacy when they leave the safety of their home.

Audio Surveillance has been, and continues to be, a key area in the covert investigations arena; Global Investigations have over 20 years of expertise with covert listening devices and audio activity, and utilize a team of highly-skilled operatives to ensure your comfort and peace of mind throughout the process. We often get asked about our audio surveillance, as it’s a service that fascinates many people. Rather unlike the James Bond-espionage type scenarios that populate the public mind thanks to Film, our team of dedicated private investigators will run through the what’s, how’s and why’s of our audio surveillance service.

What are Covert Listening Devices?

There are various covert listening devices that can be used, not simply the miniature sticky ‘bugs’ you all too often see in spy movies. Global Investigations uses a variety of these devices, but never without your agreement, to ensure we are in place to get the evidence you need; – Miniature Hidden Devices: these tiny devices are ideal for hard to reach and lofty locations, ensuring they are far removed from prying eyes. – Telephone Monitoring: People often don’t realise that you can not only monitor telephone recordings, but also turn these telephones into microphones for internal conversation capture. – Audio Bugs: These are the stereotypical devices that people associate with covert listening devices; calculators, lighters, picture frames, computer mice etc, all with in-built microphones and transmitters. These bugs and devices come in all shapes and sizes as explained previously, and this is what necessitates the use of professionals when enquiring into, installing and following up on covert audio surveillance.

How do Global Investigations Use these Devices?

There are many instances that require the use of remote listening devices, and Global Investigations are familiar with even the most obscure situations. How they install, monitor and report back on these audio devices is what makes Global Investigations leaders in their field; with international reach and access to highly-skilled operatives they are able to ensure the surveillance case runs smoothly from start to finish, with you kept updated and informed for the duration. The surveillance process begins with operatives installing hidden cameras around potential entrance/exit points, followed by remote listening devices for audio enhancement if it’s required. Final reconnaissance checks are then made to make sure that all the known areas of the individual under surveillance are under watch, and the ground operatives in use are fully briefed on the situation before being deployed to their surveillance positions. This ensures that the individual under surveillance is not only caught on camera, but if there are any instances where their routine veers from the norm and the cameras aren’t enough, the operatives on the ground, who are bi-lingual and trained for every circumstance, are able to maintain the monitoring of the subject in full covert fashion.

Why are these Listening Devices Used?

Audio listening devices and covert surveillance are incredibly useful in certain circumstances; be it an employment matter, a legal case, business matter or personal relationship gone sour, collecting evidence in this manner demands a highly-skilled and professional team to get you the results you need without exposure. From the common matrimonial investigations, to the more unusual cohabitation surveillance cases, there are many instances where remote listening devices will be a huge benefit as you build your case. Recently the Scottish Council have been exercising their rights to public surveillance under RIPSA (Regulation of Investigatory Powers Scotland Act), which is the Scottish version of the UK RIPA. The installation of a listening device in a suitcase and multiple covert cameras were used to monitor noisy neighbours and illegal loan sharks amongst others, and Aberdeen City Council used noise surveillance systems to gather evidence against noise-disruption in residential areas. RIPA was enacted in 2000, and was created to ‘govern the interception and use of electronic communications specifically to take account of the growing importance and use of the Internet and the use of strong encryption in electronic communications’. The government knew that they needed a way to ensure digital communications for legal use were obtained legally and took public privacy rights into consideration. Audio Surveillance has been on the increase for years now, and the means in which people are obtaining this information is getting ever more creative and covert. In line with these developments, we also need to maintain our personal development in the covert surveillance field, to ensure we are ahead of the curve when it comes to surveillance ethics, sweeps and implementation. Audio surveillance is used for everything from keeping an eye on the nanny to business espionage nowadays, and it pays to be aware of this in both personal and professional circles.


Years of experience in a variety of surveillance fields have made Global Investigations the premier covert surveillance equipment specialists in the UK. Respected, trusted and relied on by major government agencies and international businesses, they are experts in their industry and provide full transparency throughout the project. In this ever-evolving digital age, covert audio surveillance is a task always best left to the professionals. Especially in the light of RIPA and the various ethics laws that surround covert surveillance, agencies like Global Investigations are critical to the lawful, effective and prompt setup and delivery of audio surveillance evidence.

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