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  • FAQs

    Here are some frequently asked questions we have received with answers for you to review.

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    Q - I work in a very competitive office situation that everyone wants new marketing ideas.  I've have the feeling that my office has been under some sort of surveillance since my ideas have come up and I haven't said anything.  I put in my office a very hidden audio/video recorder that plugs into the wall and adapts to 110 volts AC.  That very night someone comes into my office and looks at all the USB ports on my computer, looks at the walls and ceiling looking for something but couldn't find it.  So not only are they bugging me, but they know when I have bugs in my office.  I was wondering if there is a device that can jam them from knowing I have surveillance in my office?

    A - The device you are using requires someone with some basic knowledge of hidden cameras or a device known as a non-linear junction detector to find it.  The device you are using does not emit any Wi-Fi as far as what you described so an RF detector cannot find it.  So you seem to be in good shape as of now.
    RF Jammers are not legal in this country but you can legally jam sound.  The difference is one jams radio waves (illegal) and the other jams sound waves (legal).  So when you talk, the sound will be masked by one of the jammer devices we sell.
    The person you described may have been looking for a hidden camera and did not find it.  Not sure what else you can do to prevent someone from entering your space but that would be the area I would focus on.
    Let me know if you have more questions.

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    Q - Is the AC adapter camera 5 megapixel?

    A - As of now, February, 2018, the hidden cameras are a maximum of 2 megapixel also known as 1080P.  Keep in mind that this is plenty of quality for a hidden camera which is typically used in a small area.  You would not typically use a hidden camera to view a parking lot or theatre with the hopes of getting details of the far end of the area covered.  Keep in mind that the quality also affects the storage space available.  Since "5" is 2.5 times greater than "2", the recording space will get used 2 and a half times as quickly.  This is a problem as a 10 hour recording storage capacity will be reduced to about 4 hours.  So until there are larger sized recording drives and more demand for higher resolution for this application, there may not be any change in the upcoming months or years.

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  • Recommended License Place Installation Settings

    • Height – Recommended height is 3-4 feet, depending on the height of the vehicles and the object distance at the image center from the camera. Usually LPR cameras should be installed a little bit higher than the license plate.
    • Angle – Recommended horizontal angel is no more than 30 degree. However, it also depends on the distance between the camera and object (license plate) image to be captured.
    • Distance – Up to 45ft from the camera to the object (license plate) image to be captured.
    • Vehicle Speed – Recommended vehicle speed is no more than 25 miles per hour in playback mode, and no more than 6 miles per hour in live view mode.
    • Lighting – Avoid direct and strong headlight or backlight. Sometimes lighting conditions in twilight (dawn or dusk) will affect the image quality.
    • FoV Width – recommended FoV (Field of View) is for one traffic lane.
  • New Paraben Stick Updates

    We’re happy to announce that the iRecovery Stick and Phone Recovery Sticks have new offline updaters to fix the issue with Windows 10. Since users that are experiencing this issue cannot use the updater within the software, they must download the offline updaters. If you are experiencing problems running Paraben sticks on Windows 10, please visit the the following updater pages:

    iRecovery Stick Updater

    https://www.paraben-sticks.com/support/irecovery-updater.html

    Phone Recovery Stick Updater

    https://www.paraben-sticks.com/support/phone-recovery-updater.html

    New sticks going out will not have the need to be updated but any older Paraben stick will need to be updated.

    Call us with any questions or issues.

  • Hidden Camera Discovered in Chicago Suburban Walgreens

    Perry Myers is interviewed by Mike Puccinelli of CBS affiliate news reporter at the Morton Grove, U-Spy Store.  Mike and Perry discuss the potential for the DesPlaines police department to make an arrest based on the possibility of evidence obtained from the hidden camera found in the Walgreen's bathroom.   Read More

  • The Lack of Value Buying Cheap Security Camera Kits

    It's hard not to find a store selling security cameras these days.  Home Depot, Sam's Club, Costco, Menards, Best Buy and other stores are selling all inclusive packages.  But I want to discuss whether buying these do-it-yourself kits make sense.

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  • Why is pepper spray used for self defense?

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    A lot of people ask why should I use or carrying pepper spray. Responses for those questions quite are simple. Walking the dog or jogging late at night, getting out of work late, taking public transportation or having an ex-partner who is stalking or harassing. Read More

  • WiFi Based Surveillance Cameras

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    WiFi cameras come in different shapes and sizes, some are hidden inside of your everyday household objects, such as clock radios, motion sensors, and AC adapters, while others are not as covert. Most WiFi cameras come with high definition resolution of 1-2 Mega Pixels. There is on site storage by inserting a Micro SD card as well as live streaming to any iOS or OS operating device. Read More

  • Elgin Man Faces Prison for Bathroom Cam

    Elgin resident Miguel Bribiescas admitted to charges of spying after a small camera was found in the bathroom of Ridgefield industries in Crystal Lake. The camera recorded one person using the female wash facilities before being discovered by another worker.

    Once the pen-sized device was turned over to police, they discovered that Bribiescas, aged 25, had mainly recorded himself while trying to determine how the camera worked. He was easily identified, and arrested by police. His mistake, and his crime, could cost him anywhere from one to three years in prison. However, because he does not have a criminal record, his attorney believes that probation would be the most appropriate punishment.

    Currently free on bond, Bribiescas' trial has been set for January 20th, 2010.

    U-Spy Store does not condone the use of surveillance equipment for illegal purposes; if you believe that you are being recorded illegally, e-mail us at U-Spy Store. We carry various products that detect the presence of audio and video recorders.

  • Chicago Police Sergeant Crosses the Line

    A Chicago police officer was arrested last week for allegedly stealing over $600,000 from the Chicago Police Sergeants Association. Sergeant John Pallohusky, President of the Association, is being charged with theft and money laundering.

    The Cook County attorney's office allege that the money was spent personal items for Pallohusky. Where did the money go? Gambling trips to Las Vegas, a reported $163,000 on Ameritrade, a whopping $75,000 at Chicago restaurants, downtown hotel stays, and his home.

    Police Superintendent Jody Weiss referred to the Sergeant as the "Bernie Madhoff" of the Chicago Police Department. Pallohusky's attorney, Robert Kuzas, stated that he believed in his clients innocence, stating; "I don't believe he misappropriated one penny of the union's money." Pallohusky is no stranger to crime; in 1989 he was arrested and subsequently plead guilty to a misdemeanor fraud charge over a petition drive to add a nonpartisan mayoral referendum to the ballot.

    Cook County prosecutors sought to subponeae the treasurer of the Sergeants Association, Sgt. Mary O’Toole, and then discovered that she was Pallohusky’s wife. The Chicago Police Department's Internal Affairs department began the investigation in late summer after the bank noticed that large sums of money were being deposited into Pallohusky's private account from checks, and a credit card, drawn off the Union's account.

  • The Toothbrush Cam? A Joke, or Something a Bit Sinister?

    Security and surveillance cameras come in all shapes and sizes; as technology has increased, the size of our electronics has decreased. Hidden cameras, also known as Spy cams or, in some cases, Nanny Cams, are sold one of two ways; the first is as a ready to use product. In other words, let’s say that the needed to be placed in a home to monitor the activities of older teenagers after school. To keep the camera “a secret,” a customer would simply purchase an item like a wall clock with the camera already installed. The second method is to buy a camera and install it where needed. This is a method that could be used in almost any situation as long as the installer had some experience on the most effective location to perform the install.

    Today, hidden cameras are available in items like wrist watches, ballpoint pens, MP3 docking stations, clock radios, wall radios, jump drives, and other common items. As cameras grow steadily smaller, so do the items in which they can be installed; which, depending on the camera’s use, is a positive. Yet, as with all technology, there will be those that use advances in technology for immoral, and criminal, activities.

    It’s safe to assume that no one wants to be filmed using the bathroom, so the technicians and managers at USpy Store aren’t quite sure what to make of a toothbrush camera. If it’s not being used to make sure that your 7-year old brushes his teeth, it’s suspected that this camera will be utilized for recording sexual exploits without raising suspicion. USpy Store’s staff of security and surveillance experts felt it was our duty to pass this on to ensure that our customers and friends were aware of this camera.

    Per the distributor (we will not condone their product by adding a lindo anyone justice by mentioning them) it is packaged in an Packaged in a Braun Oral B toothbrush casing, both the camera and DVR are huosed in that single case. Creatively named the " Pinhole Spy Toothbrush," the device is capable of 4-to-5 hours of continuous use, provides 640x480 video in AVI, and carried  8GB of flash memory. It is packaged in an ORAL B toothbrush casing and costs $243.

    U-Spy is here to serve you: If you think that you’re being monitored without your knowledge USpy can provide recommendations and advice on counter-surveillance equipment, like bug and camera detectors. If you need advice on how these items operate, please either check our website; www.uspystore.com, send an email; info@uspystore.com or give us a call at 773-529-2SPY (2779). We are open from 9am to 7 pm, Monday through Saturday, CST.

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