You may have any number of reasons to engage in spying on someone, and there are many devices that you can purchase on the Internet or local electronic stores for this purpose. However, there are limitations that you face with these devices, and they are not a replacement for a private investigator.

Using the Right Device for Surveillance

There are many devices that can be used for surveillance, and it helps to know which device is best for your particular circumstances. For example, if you are thinking about buying a small camera to hide in your home with the expectation that you will discover a cheating spouse, you are likely to be disappointed. Men and women have affairs outside of the home. If, on the other hand, you are concerned about a babysitter abusing your child, then this may be a good choice.

It May Be Easier Than You Think To Get Caught

One of the most important skills in surveillance is gathering information in a discreet manner. Regardless of the device or technique that is used, the person under surveillance must never know they are being investigated. It is not realistic to think that you can acquire these skills quickly or that they are not important.

A counter surveillance device can give a false sense of surveillance skills. Without knowing what you are doing, you can create problems that don’t exist. If you attempt to use a device to catch your spouse cheating and get caught, this can create a trust issue in your marriage, especially if your spouse is innocent.

Devices Can be Used Illegally

Just because the surveillance device is legal to buy does not mean you can use it any way you want. There are many laws regarding recording video and audio. Of course, you may not get caught doing something illegal, but neither will you be able to use the information as evidence. A private investigator knows the laws and will always gather information in a legal way that will hold up in court.

Surveillance is More Than Electronic Spying

Private investigation work has been around longer than any electronic gadgets, and the truth is, although they complement the work of a private investigator, they are only tools. Yes, they can be effective under many circumstances, but there is other work that is likely needed. Following individuals to observe their behavior is important. Interviewing people to get first-hand information is often critical as well. Sometimes an investigator must go undercover to get information. Even in an age of electronics, a private investigator still uses many techniques that do not depend upon an electronic device.

Before you decide on using some sort of bug detection service or surveillance device that you have seen advertised, keep in mind why you are interested in buying the device. The information you are looking for is best found by using the services of a private investigator. If you contact our firm and explain what it is you want to know, we can explain how our counter surveillance skills can assist you with your problem.

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Bruce Robertson

Bruce Robertson is a private investigator and founder of Tristar Investigation, California’s premiere detective agency. Bruce is also a media commentator for the investigation industry, featured in the New York Times, CNN, History Channel, MSNBC, Los Angeles Times and many more. You can find him on Google+ LinkedIn and YouTube.