August 2015

  1. How To Record Your Neighbours With A Microphone

    How To Record Your Neighbours With A Microphone
    Anyone who lives or has lived in a flat, terrace or semi-detached house has heard their neighbours talking (or shouting). But there’s a big difference between ‘hearing’ them and actually ‘listening’ to them. Recording your neighbours’ conversations could be considered a breach of their privacy, but if you are recording them as part of a legitimate investigation or to gather...
  2. What's It Like To Be A Spy At MI5?

    What's It Like To Be A Spy At MI5?
    Espionage and intelligence is the stuff of myth and legend - exotic globe-trotting lifestyles, glamorous affairs and coolly delivered violence are never far away - but how far from reality are these depictions? Quite far, it turns out. Dig a little deeper than Bond or Bourne and the life of an MI5 spy, while interesting and fiercely rewarding, isn’t much...
  3. Should I Take A Lie Detector Test if I'm Telling The Truth?

    Should I Take A Lie Detector Test if I'm Telling The Truth?
    How do lie detectors work? The most important element of lie detector tests is the polygraph. This machine is used to trace your physical responses to telling the truth, telling lies and how you react to being questioned. In a polygraph test a pneumograph will be attached to your chest and abdomen to measure your breathing and chest movement. In...
  4. What Surveillance Is Used On Benefit Cheats?

    What Surveillance Is Used On Benefit Cheats?
    When a person is suspected of benefit fraud, they may be placed under heavy surveillance; often heavier than the sort of surveillance afforded to those suspected of tax avoidance. Due to the variety of ways in which a person may defraud the benefits system, a number of surveillance types may be used. By far the most common surveillance type is...
  5. Can I Track An Employee That Drives Their Own Car?

    Can I Track An Employee That Drives Their Own Car?
    Tracking is one of the most effective legal forms of surveillance and counter-surveillance. It places a person in a specific place at a specific time and provides robust evidence that protects the employee as much as the employer. Employee vehicle tracking is most typically conducted on company-owned cars, but in cases where it is appropriate and legal to do so...
  6. What Is Night Vision?

    What Is Night Vision?
    Why do we need night vision? So we can see at night is the basic answer, but when you take into account that nocturnal animals have managed for millions of years without technological help, the correct question is “why do humans need night vision?” The answer to that question is obviously - “because we don’t have a tapetum lucidum.” This...
  7. How To Listen Through Walls

    How To Listen Through Walls
    There are a number of reasons why it might be necessary to know how to listen through walls. You might be an employer monitoring suspected unethical behaviour from your staff, you might be concerned about the safety of a neighbour or you may simply wish to protect your own privacy. Whatever the reason, you have a lot of options to...

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