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Covert Surveillance Companies — the Good, Bad, & Ugly

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Are you looking for the best covert surveillance companies in the business? Do you not know who to turn to because they all seem equally good or bad? Don’t worry, we got you covered.

Today, we’re going to help you figure out which covert surveillance companies actually deserve your money, and which ones you should be running away from. We’re going to talk about the entire selection process from start to finish, as well as how to tell when a deal is just bad.

Let’s get into it.

Consider Your Needs

Considering your needs when fielding out a few different covert surveillance companies may sound like a no-brainer. But there is an extremely important reason we’re mentioning it — it could actually save you money.

If you walk into a company’s office and say that you want the whole enchilada without knowing what it even is, you can expect to pay a steep price. Some companies will offer services that you probably can’t benefit from even slightly. Even more concerning, they could bill you for services that you never received.

But since you’re not sure what the whole package entails, you just go for it, not thinking about the repercussions. That brings us to our next point.

Before walking into a surveillance company, you should know which covert and overt services are most popular, why, how they work, and what the benefits are. Luckily, we’re going to break them down for you right now. 

Explore the Services

Now, let’s talk about the common services that you’ll see offered in most covert surveillance companies. This short list should help you better figure out what you need exactly so that it doesn’t end up costing you a fortune.

Installing Covert Cameras

Installing covert cameras is probably one of the most common services you’ll find. It’s extremely useful to hire a company to do this for you, especially if you don’t know your way around covert surveillance equipment.

But a word to the wise here; No matter where you are, you have to follow strict covert surveillance laws. Otherwise, you could be in a lot of trouble, or if you might find that footage inadmissible if you ever wanted to use it in court as evidence.

You need to have the covert surveillance company walk you through the laws and regulations to ensure you’re not breaking any.

Video Analysis

Let’s say that you already have covert or overt cameras on your property or business. You suspect that there’s some foul play, but you can’t make it out. That’s when you’d hire a covert surveillance company to do video analysis.

Using state-of-the-art technology, like intelligent image processing, companies can provide you with incredible analytics solutions. They can detect if the footage has been tampered with, see if there’s any outdated software, and so much more. Also, all the good covert surveillance companies will ensure that no one can hack into or tamper with your monitoring devices.

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Cybersecurity

Nowadays, cybersecurity is part of every single business and operation because, without it, someone could rob you of precious data or cause a massive breach. So if you haven’t got a cybersecurity team already, you need to hire one ASAP.

With that said, one service that we see a lot of covert surveillance companies offering is precisely cybersecurity. A company can protect your business from ransomware, malware, and loss of data. Also, they can provide you with useful information in case of an attack, which could be vital to the authorities.

There are a ton of different ways that can do that, but it usually comes down to creating a solid cybersecurity infrastructure. Having one can help fend off internal and external attacks, which can save you a lot of time and money in the future.

Bug Sweeps

Are you having doubts that someone might have bugged your office or home? In that case, you need to get an expert covert company to do a bug sweep immediately.

That way, you can prevent espionage tactics, which are unfortunately on the rise. Depending on your needs and your business, you can do a one-time sweep, or have someone come in on a regular basis to do them.

Contact a Few Companies

Just like you can’t walk into a store and fall in love with the first thing you see, chances are, you won’t love the first company you contact. And even if you do, you should always, no matter, contact a few more. That will at least give you a better sense of what to expect in terms of price, service, and contract.

Once you have a list of the companies that stand out, you can start the selection and consultation process. Interview all of them to ensure you end up working with the right people.

Check For References

Another really important thing you should always do, regardless of which company or individual you’re hiring, is check for references. And by checking for references, we don’t just mean to look at the Google reviews. 

You should ask around amongst your colleagues or previous clients (if possible) about their thoughts about the company. Ask other security professionals or managers for their thoughts to ensure you’re on the right track.

How to Know When It’s Bad

Here’s the thing; there are a ton of companies out there who hide behind fancy websites and advertising. Without doing your research, there’s no way to tell which are legitimate and which are fakes.

But if you end up choosing the wrong company, it could cause an avalanche of problems. For one, they’ll absolutely fumble your requests, and you’ll spend a ton of money, and get nothing in return.

However, what’s even more worrying is that they can get you in hot water with the authorities or even steal your data.

Without the proper licensing and regulations, you could be illegally monitoring someone without your knowledge. That would cause huge repercussions for both you or your business.

Also, you could end up a target of international hackers, posing as a legitimate company. Again, something like this could cause heaps of problems, which is definitely something you don’t want.

To Sum up

As you can see, there’s nothing straightforward about finding the best covert surveillance companies. But telling apart the good from the bad could be a matter of your safety, business, and money. So if you want to protect your investment, make sure you’re taking the proper vetting steps, and doing your research.

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