Technical Surveillance Counter-Measures

Technical Surveillance Counter-Measures (TSCM)

Is someone spying on you?

“Bug Sweeps” as they are more commonly known are more complicated than just using a Radio Frequency (RF) Detector. Litigation Investigators can inspect offices, telephones (Business, Landline, VOIP and mobile phones), conference rooms, warehouses, homes, personal living spaces, outdoor areas, automobiles, personal belongings, and even your person and clothing. Our Investigators are specially trained with the latest in TSCM technology and equipment. We have encountered tracking devices, telephone tampering, hidden cameras and listening devices during our bug sweep procedures.

(Actual photograph of some of our debugging equipment. Our TSCM kits are specialized per job.)

What does a TSCM Sweep do?

First we will perform a threat assessment and initial consultation that will identify all concerns, target areas and possible causes and suspects. Second our team will develop a plan to implement the countermeasure sweep. This can be done discreetly if necessary. After our assessment our plan of action will begin with a preliminary, otherwise known as a “silent sweep” will be initiated to attempt to locate eavesdropping devices while they are in operation. During the silent sweep our TSCM Investigator will utilize detection equipment that can be monitored in silent mode, digital read out, or through headphones.

The next phase of our bug sweep consists of a full radio frequency spectrum analysis from low band to the 5 gigahertz range. The use of low band to the GHz bands are designed to check for GPS tracking devices, hidden cameras, radio frequency transmitters and telephone listening devices. These “bugs,” as they are commonly called, can draw power from home or vehicle electrical sources and sometimes they are also battery operated. Rest assured, our equipment is specially designed to detect equipment powered by any source.

In additional to the electronic searches performed, an extensive physical search will be conducted. The search may at times needs to be invasive in order to locate or discredit possible false readings. A “false reading” can occur due to modern day electronics, home and vehicle construction. With the implementation of WiFi, Bluetooth, RF Transmission devices throughout the home and more use of metal in construction of residences, radio frequencies can be present that are not related to surveillance. Our specialists are trained to identify what is a real signal and what is a false reading. We use tools to verify the authenticity of a signal and then determine it’s origins. Many times when sweeping a residence or vehicle we run into AM/FM radio broadcasts. This does not indicate that the residence or vehicle is being “bugged;” it can be as simple as the object is acting as an antenna and with our sensitive equipment the radio frequency can be heard.

Finally an initial verbal report of our inspection will be given at the completion of the TSCM inspection. This report is brief and a more detailed written report will be submitted to the client after a thorough offsite review of the findings. This generally takes 24-72 hours to complete and the report will include a summary of the threat assessment, a detailed list of equipment utilized  during the TSCM Sweep, our assessment of the sweep, observations, and recommendations to enhance the security.

How much does a bug sweep cost?

Each TSCM situation is different so costs are based on your specific needs. Please call our office to discuss this with one of our trained TSCM Specialists at 714-794-2779