Are you suspicious of your spouse or significant other? Do you want to get some additional information on a friend or co-worker? Then here are five of the best ways to spy on someone.
1. Hire A Private Investigator
If you’ve got the budget for it, a private investigator is probably the most effective way to spy on someone. Private investigator are highly experienced in the field of surveillance and will be familiar with how to track someone without being noticed. They’re also highly skilled and will be able to utilize all the latest tracking technology and equipment in the best possible way to get the information you want. Finally, a private investigator will have knowledge of all the current surveillance laws and you can be confident that you won’t run into any legal troubles by hiring them.
The main drawback to hiring a private investigator is the cost. The average hourly rate for a private investigator is $50 per hour and then they’re also likely to charge a flat fee for other services. If you’re planning to investigate someone for a few weeks, the cost of a private investigator can easily run into the thousands.
2. Follow Them Yourself
If you’re on a budget and you just need to determine a person’s whereabouts, spying on them yourself is a good option. The main benefit of spying on them yourself is that it won’t cost you anything. Another great thing about this method is that you know exactly what you want to find and can tailor your surveillance accordingly.
The biggest risk of following someone yourself is that if you know them, you’re chances of being recognized are quite high. Additionally, if you don’t comply with all the current laws regarding surveillance, you could be accused of harassment, stalking, unlawful entry to a property and more.
3. Use Surveillance & Monitoring Software
Surveillance and monitoring software is an excellent solution for tracking someone digitally. You can install it on a computer to track all web and email activity or on a cell phone to track all calls and messages. Once installed, it provides you with easy, remote access to all the data on their computer and their phone which can be very useful when you require advanced surveillance information on someone.
The main disadvantage of using surveillance and monitoring software is that you still need to find the specific information you want once the software has collected the data. This is likely to mean spending ours of your own time listening to phone calls, reading text messages and looking for suspicious websites. Many of these services also charge hundreds of dollars per month as a subscription fee.
4. Plant A GPS Tracker
GPS trackers are small, discrete and allow you to track all a person’s movements by car. The main benefit of GPS trackers is that you’re much less likely to get caught spying on someone compared with following them in person. A GPS tracker also saves you time as you can simply review all their movements at the end of the day instead of having to be there in person as they move.
However, GPS trackers can be unreliable and lose key surveillance information. They can become dislodged, lose battery power or lose GPS signal and if this happens, they’ll be unable to track the person accurately.
5. Use A Bug
A bug is a top choice for audio surveillance which you hide in the car or house of the person you want to monitor and then you can listen remotely. The biggest benefit of a bug is that it allows you to record conversations that don’t take place on a phone and would be impossible to monitor in person.
The main drawback of this device is that you have to gain access to the person’s car or house without their knowledge to plant the bug. It’s also dependent on the conversations you want to track taking place within range of the bug.