Residents and Business Owners of Georgia – Are You Being Monitored?
As a business owner or resident of the State of Georgia, your trade secrets or personal secrets could be shared through a hidden audio bug or hidden camera. Georgia has strict laws related to recording or eavesdropping on conversations and the use of hidden cameras. The only time recording a conversation is legal in Georgia is if it is done by one of the parties participating in the conversation. And hidden cameras? Those are a no-no even if the person using the device is the spouse of the person they’re watching. Spy Catchers LLC assists Georgia residents and business owners to ensure that their privacy is protected. To schedule a professional bug sweep of your home or business, call us now at 1-800-373-8726. We want to help provide you with the peace of mind you deserve.
The Common Reasons Audio Bugs and Hidden Cameras Are Used in Georgia
Audio bugs and hidden cameras are two of the most commonly used spying devices in Georgia homes and businesses. They can be extremely hard for you to notice. They can be so tiny that they fit inside of a nail hole, behind a picture, behind an electrical outlet, or under a table or bookshelf. They can also be hidden inside of rips in cushions. The question that most people ask us is why would someone target them in this way.
Business owners may be targeted for several reasons. The most common reasons include:
- Unhappy former employees
- Unhappy current employees
- Employees being paid to funnel out information
- Dishonest competitors who want to steal your business practices
- Your business or a key member of your business is involved in a lawsuit
Citizens of Georgia can also be targeted. The most common reasons include:
- You’re involved in a workers’ compensation claim
- You’re involved in a personal injury lawsuit of some kind
- You’re involved in a child custody dispute
- You’re involved in a contentious divorce
- Your landlord is spying on you
- Your significant other or spouse thinks you’re being unfaithful
- You’re being stalked by someone you don’t know
As you’ve learned, audio bugs and hidden cameras are generally used for nefarious and sometimes dangerous purposes. Under Georgia law, the use of these devices is almost always prohibited. Protect your privacy. Call Spy Catchers LLC at 1-800-373-8726 to schedule a professional bug sweep.
Are GPS Devices Legal in Georgia?
Although Georgia has a Right to Privacy law, GPS devices are not specifically regulated. In short, using one is legal. However, the device may not cause damage, be placed when the vehicle is on private property, or be used for stalking or harassing someone.
Because GPS devices are commonly installed by a dealership for specific navigation and emergency purposes, it is important for Georgia citizens to know how to tell if it is likely that a GPS device was placed to monitor them. When a device is factory-installed (meaning it is installed by a professional), it is attached in a way that is permanent. The most common way this is done is by using brackets along with screws and bolts. You can tell that someone had to spend at least a little bit of time installing the device.
GPS devices being used by someone else to follow you are often found under the front bumper, under the back bumper, or in some other place that allows them to quickly plant the device. When on the outside of a Georgia vehicle, it is attached with nothing more than a couple of magnets. They can also be hidden inside of a vehicle, too. The most common locations include between the seats, in the glovebox, under the dashboard, and inside of a center console.
The Most Common Hiding Places for Audio Bugs and Hidden Cameras
The most common hiding places for audio bugs and hidden cameras in Georgia businesses include:
- The office of the CEO (including the private bathroom)
- The office of key employees
- In meeting or conference rooms
- In HR offices
- In the cubicle of a key employee who handles financial or sensitive data
- Bathrooms used by employees
- On electronic devices, such as teleconferencing or web conferencing equipment
- Under desks
- In clocks, vases, or other decorative items
- Behind artwork on the walls
- Inside of electrical outlet plates, phone jacks, light switch plates, and other wall plates
The most common hiding places for audio bugs and hidden cameras inside of Georgia homes include:
- Living rooms
- Under furniture such as desks, bookshelves, or coffee tables
- Stuffed animals and other decorative items
- Behind family photos hung on the wall
- Under the couch or in a tear in a cushion
- Inside a lamp shade
- On your computer
These lists are not complete. If you believe that you’re being spied on, call Spy Catchers LLC to schedule a bug sweep: 1-800-373-8726.
Signs That Your Georgia Home or Business Is Bugged
Signs that your Georgia home or business is bugged include:
- Dust or debris on top of desks or other furniture that looks like it came from above
- Broken ceiling tiles
- Crooked lamp shades
- Crooked electrical outlets, phone jacks, light switches, and other wall plates
- New decorative items such as vases or artwork you did not buy
- A new calculator on your desk that you didn’t buy
- You notice a difference in the quality of your phone calls, teleconferences, or web conferences
- Strange vehicles, such as unmarked vans, park in close proximity to your home or business for hours
- Your competitors begin receiving contracts you’re usually awarded
- People seem to know what you’re doing all the time
- Unexpected “repairmen” from utility companies arrive to your home or business
What Should You Do If You Believe Your Home or Business Is Bugged?
If you believe that your home or business is bugged, you may not be able to find the device on your own. Follow these steps:
- Don’t tell anyone that you think there’s a hidden audio device or camera. Don’t tell your business partner, your secretary, your spouse, your landlord, your best friend, or anyone else. This includes not saying anything over the phone, in person, or via email. Talking about it could alert the person who placed it that you know you’re being spied on. They could come and remove the device before you ever find it. If that happens, you won’t have proof that the person broke the law.
- Keep your regular schedule. If you change it up too much, it can alert the perpetrator that you know about the device. This could, again, cause them to remove the device or plant other devices. Since you do not know for sure who planted it, always be aware of your surroundings.
- Call Spy Catchers LLC to schedule a professional bug sweep: 1-800-373-8726
Did You Find a Device? Don’t Touch It!
It may seem counter productive for us to tell you not to touch the very device that’s invading your privacy. These devices can be extremely sensitive. If they aren’t properly removed by a professional, they could be damaged. If they are damaged, you will no longer have proof that you are a victim of a crime under Georgia law. Call Spy Catchers to schedule an appointment and we will send a professional to remove the device for you. We will also sweep the rest of the location for additional devices. Don’t wait – call us now: 1-800-373-8726.