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Beyond searching for signs of cheating, digging through trash, and gathering phone and computer evidence, if you want to proceed to more advanced surveillance, here are some gadgets and methods to help you catch a cheating lover.
GPS MOBILE PHONE
You can purchase a GPS-enabled mobile phone anywhere electronics are sold, along with prepaid minutes. Next, you need to subscribe to an online GPS locator service for a nominal monthly fee. Many telephone companies offer this service as an add-on to their basic package.
Once the phone is fully charged, give it to your partner as a gift to ensure the best reception. Or, you can plant the phone somewhere on their person, in a piece of luggage, or in their vehicle. If you're going the latter route, turn off the ringer and hide the phone under a rear seat. You will lose about 10% reception, but you will be able to perform adequate surveillance. Remove and recharge the phone every few days.
You can track the phone online, by logging onto the website of whatever service you've joined. You only have to enter the number of the mobile phone to immediately access its location. A map will appear on your computer screen, telling you where your partner is at that moment within thirty feet. You can see where the phone has been since you first installed it by checking the location history. You're also able to access maps and directions. You'll know exactly where your partner has been and are one step closer to possibly catching someone who's being unfaithful.
A high-tech GPS tracker is easy to conceal, does not need re-charging, and is considerably more expensive than a GPS-enabled phone. In most jurisdictions, it's only legal to track a vehicle which you own. If you do not co-own your partner or spouse's car, you can install a GPS tracker on your car and lend it to your suspected cheater. Always check with an attorney if you are in doubt about privacy laws regarding the vehicle you want to track.
GPS trackers range in price from $200 to several hundred dollars. Most fit in the palm of your hand, and operate on size-A batteries which last about one month. You can opt for an active GPS tracker which operates in realtime, sending a location every 5 or 10 seconds. You access this information online and pay a monthly fee. Passive GPS trackers cost less and do not require internet fees, but they only provide tracking history, where your vehicle has been and for how long. To access data you retrieve the unit, attach it to your computer and download the information.
ELECTRONIC VIDEO SYSTEM
Video technology is one of the most rapidly changing industries over the past ten years. It's now used for surveillance more than anything else, not the least of which is trying to catch a cheater. Tiny cameras, known as Nanny Cams, are sometimes as small as a penny, others can be hidden inside a writing pen. Cameras can masquerade as a smoke detector, wall clock, desk lamp, radio, necktie, or other covert systems. For as little as a few hundred dollars you can set up a wireless spy-camera in less than an hour.
There's a lot of equipment available, but it's not all top quality. There's nothing more disappointing than purchasing a video system that can barely send a signal across the room. Familiarize yourself with video camera fundamentals before making a purchase. Your local electronics store personnel can offer solid advice, and various online sources provide extensive information about their products.
Basically Nanny Cams are mini TV stations, a camera with a transmitter built inside. The camera transfers video via radio wave to a receiver which converts the signal back to video and displays it on a monitor or sends it to a recording device. The components are: camera/transmitter, receiver, and monitor or recorder. If you want to use more than one camera, you will need an extra component, a switcher, to go back and forth between cameras at set intervals. Learn about the output power of a transmitter, and the frequency at which it transmits. The higher the frequency the better. These systems run off a 9-volt battery and/or electrical power.
Another consideration is whether you're going to record audio. It's perfectly legal to record video images of another person in your home or on your property, if there is no expectation of privacy, say in a bathroom. But it's never legal to intercept their oral communication. If you end up using your spy-cam video in a divorce case, you don't want to risk having it thrown out of court because you also recorded audio. You probably are best off with a video-only camera for spying on a suspected cheater when you're not around, or they're behind closed doors. If you haven't recorded audio, you won't have to worry about an angry cheater suing you for invasion of privacy when you present your evidence.
The cutting edge of spy-cams and surveillance is the PVR, personal video recorder. These are digital camcorders which can be hooked up to record a spy-cam, and can easily be carried covertly in your pocket. Most PVRs
can double as a still camera, tape recorder, or MP3 player, others contain video games. Another new device is the personal-security digital video recorder. It's a stand-alone unit which can be placed in a room and only becomes activated by motion detection. You don't need a VCR or software. For playback, simply plug the unit into the jack on your TV with an ordinary video cable. The unit is about the size of a cigarette pack.
If you want to record outdoors, walking along the beach, at a restaurant or in a store, consider the ''spy-cam mobile phone,'' which is a dummy phone that has been hollowed out to contain a camera and battery. You need to stash the receiver and recorder in a nearby location while you walk around with the "phone" in your hand. Or, you need a second person to carry the receiver and recorder. You might appear to be carrying a mobile phone, but every time you point it at someone or set it down, you're actually videotaping what's going on around you, even if you're looking in the opposite direction.