Someone Spying?




Article by: Marvin Badler

Someone Spying? So are the Teddy Bear and the Potted Plant

See the cuddly teddy bear over on the shelf? Well, it sees you too. "Right here in the camera, , Is This Pepper Spray Hot? behind the left eye." said Marvin Badler, the owner of The Spy Mart a Monmouth County company dedicated to the proposition that what you don't know can hurt you and what you do know can protect you from being caught off guard.

"There's a wireless camera , Surveillance Equipment transmitter in here." Mr. Badler said, holding the teddy bear in his arms and pointing to it's furry little head. " It can send a signal up to 300 feet away , so you don't even need a wire to attach it to a VCR.

Mr. Badler a licensed , Accessories for Camera Surveillance Private investigator since 1961 and former chief investigator for the New York City Department of Correction, was demonstrating some of the item he sells from The Spy Mart's showroom. "See that planter over there." Mr. Badler said, pointing in the direction of an ordinary-looking potted plant. , Disaster Preparedness / Best Products List / Self Generating Flashlights "There's a camera , Home Security: How To Deal With Bogus Callers in the pot. , Home Security When You are Away We build it last week. I was shopping with my wife, I saw the planter and came up with the idea."

Mr. Badler's business is answer to a challenge: how do you find out what someone is up to without his finding out what are you up to first? "Most of my customers are law enforcement types." Mr. Badler said, referring to police, private detectives and prosecutors investigators. Investigators who come to avail themselfs of the latest in clandestine surveillance , Do You Know Where to Call for Disaster Recovery Help? technology. But we also have a lot of private-sector people and businessman who come in because they want to record their own telephone conversation or because they're afraid of their business are being bugged."

Paramilitary Atmosphere

The Spy Mart, which Mr. Badler opened about two years ago, is on the second floor , Do You Know Where to Call for Disaster Recovery Help? of an office building , Security Systems in Marlboro, New Jersey. Mr. Badler, a tall, burly man with a penchant for 10-gallon hats, also runs his private investigation and security , Picking the right lock. business from the location. , Do You Know Where to Call for Disaster Recovery Help? The atmosphere is decisively paramilitary, with a secretary and an assistant calling Mr. Badler "sir" in terse formal exchanges.

He instructed the secretary to call , NYC Moving Advice him on a telephone atop one of glass , Is This Pepper Spray Hot? display cases that line the walls , Safes: The Safest Walls On Earth of the showroom. The phone , Emergency Disaster Planning: Building a Bug-Out Kit rang , and Mr. Badler lifted the receiver. "This is a prototype." he said, telling his assistant to pick up an extension in another room. , Estate and Mega-Yacht Security Systems and Safe s A red light , Home Security: How To Deal With Bogus Callers on the phone , Estate and Mega-Yacht Security Systems and Safe Rooms blinked on. "See? The phone , Hurricane Kirk is a Real Jerk went dead." Mr. Badler said holding the receiver our for a visitor to verify that the phone , Accessories for Camera Surveillance was quite dead." "What happened was, if I'm talking and somebody gets on the line with a listening device or comes in the room , Eavesdropping and Counter-Measures: Technology and Techniques with a transmitter , the light , Surveillance Equipment goes on and the phone , Is This Pepper Spray Hot? automatically disconnects the conversation." He intends to market the new telephone to other spy shop around the country. The price? About $750.00. Many of the devices in The Spy Mart showroom, including the phone , Estate and Mega-Yacht Security Systems and Safe Rooms that goes dead, are items Mr. Badler designed himself and then built out of components available at any well - stocked electronics store.

"This is a microphone in a button." he said, holding out for inspection what appeared to be, well, a button with wire attached to it. "You can put it on a selves of your shirt and attached it to any tape recorder. , The Leading Causes for Insurance Claims and What You Can Do About Them " he said. "It's battery powered, and you can change , Alarms - What Do We Do? the actual button so it matches the buttons on your shirt."

He then showed me a pen that, he said, has a tiny microphone inside. , Tropical Hurricane Helene is Howling Even upon close inspection, nothing about the pen appeared unusual. "The microphone is behind that hole," he said, indication a hold bout the size of a period at the end of this sentence. "It's supersensitive, too."he said, asserting that the tiny microphone is about 10 times more sensitive then the microphones built into microcassettee recorders , Gun Safes - 4 Revealing Statistics Why Firearms Owners Need A Gun Safe now on the market. "See the calculator?" he said, pointing to a credit-card-size calculator. "That's a transmitter. But it's not for public use, only law enforcement. It's not FCC approved".

Mr. Badler's clandestine eavesdropping devices fall , Surveillance Equipment into two general t for public use: hard-wired, like the shirt button microphone, which plugs into a microcassettee recorder, , The Leading Causes for Insurance Claims and What You Can Do About Them and wireless, like the calculator that transmits to an FM receiver some distance away.

Behind the Picture Frame

Some of the wireless transmitters, like the one that replaces an ordinary electric , What is Home Security Monitoring? wall socket, can transmit up to a half mile away, drawing power , The Importance of a Home Security Alarm from the house , Home Security Systems current. Others, which use tiny batteries for power , Top Seven Things You Need But Don't Buy and are about the same size as a sugar cube, transmit for a less distance but are handy for surreptitious placement in vases, behind picture frames and attached under tables and other furniture. , The Importance of a Home Security Alarm

"Again," Mr. Badler said, "these are for law enforcement, not for public use. It's illegal to record audio unless you are a party to the conversation."

But if that's' the case, who might use the teddy bear camera , Tropical Hurricane Joyce; No Need to Rejoice with a video camera , Whats The Top Burglar Alarm? for a brain? "Anybody," Mr. Badler replied. It's not illegal to videotape."

In fact, he said, the teddy bear was designed for clients who wanted to be able to keep track of how a child's nanny was treating the child when the parents weren't home. , Cell Phone Stun Gun The teddy bear was set on a high shelf in the chid's room , Alarm System: Glass Break Detectors and connected to a video recorder , Floor Safes - Proven Protection locked in the parents room. , Video Surveillance Equipment The cost? "Around $1,000.00, not including the ,VCR." Mr. Badler said. "And there are ways we can make them work in total darkness." Mr. Badler pointed to what looked like a clock hung on a wall. , How to Buy a Safe for Your Home He instructed his visitor to look at the a video monitor just underneath the clock. On the screen was an image of a confused reporter looking at himself looking at a video monitor. "Now watch this," Mr. Badler said, switching off the office lights, , Tropical Hurricane Helene is Howling The image on the video monitor dimmed slightly but remained clear and distinct. "All we do is introduce a small infrared light , Successfully Surviving a Natural Disaster source - we can hide it anywhere in the room , Thinking about Home Protection? - and it will bounce around and illuminate the room , Preventing Burglaries With Home Security Cameras like it was daylight."

A regular customer of The Spy Mart, a private investigator who declined to give his name, described yet another product , Estate and Mega-Yacht Security Systems and Safe Rooms that make use on infrared light. , Whats The Top Burglar Alarm? "I bought infrared filters for the headlights on my car." the investigator said, explaining that he used the filters while staking out errant spouses for divorce clients. "I sit in my car with a video camera , Alarms - What Do We Do? , aim the headlights at the house , Whats The Top Burglar Alarm? or motel and wait. The infrared filters light , Wall Safes: The Safest Walls On Earth up the place , Cell Phone Stun Gun like it was daytime. I can see them, but they can't see me."

The investigator said The Spy Mart was more then a high-the toy store for real-life Sam Spades and amateur spies.

Marvin doesn't just sell you things and send you out the door, , Tips On Buying An Effective Alarm System " the man said. "He tells you how to , Securing Your Estate use what you buy. He gives suggestions. You tell him what you want to do and he'll figure out how to , Preventing Burglaries With Home Security Cameras do it."

And for those new to the business of espionage and counterespionage, Mr. Badler also offers a small library of arcane books with such titles as "How to Disappear Completely and Never be Found." "Get Even: The Complete Book of Dirty Tricks," "How the Underdog Gets Justice" and "Methods of Disguise."

Though The Spy Mart caters to law enforcement officials, Mr. Badler said, a growing , The Real Desire for the UK House Buyer segment of his business involves executive and business manages concerned about employee theft and corporate espionage.

"We have a lot of small businesses installing hidden video systems," he said, adding that it is illegal to install such equipment in areas where people are entitled to expect privacy, like dressing rooms , Alarms - What Do We Do? and bathrooms. , Security Systems

Worries About Wiretapping

"We also sell lot of systems to people who think their businesses or home , Hurricane Kirk is a Real Jerk items he showed his offices are being bugged or wiretapped by the competition," he said. "And we help people who want to record their telephone conversation. A lot of insurance brokers are now recording customer conversation, which is legal."

Though the market for surveillance , Safety First-Duty Always devices for law enforcement never seems to dry up, he said, the market among business customers tracks the economy. , Floor Safes - Proven Protection "When things are bad out there for business, then business is good for me." Mr. Badler said. "When the economy , Thinking about Home Protection? is bad, people are stealing more, and there are ad thins going on."

One of the last items he showed his visitor was is personal favorite. "This is a bug detector," he said, opening a case that contained a small electronic control panel. He took a small wand with a wire attached to it of the case and pointed the wand at the calculator, which really a hidden transmitter and was supposed to be virtually undetectable. The bug detector flashed and beeped and electronic warning.

"It's one of my most popular items,"he said.

Badler is now on the web: http://www.thespymart.com & http://www.implexsecurityproducts.com

THE NEW YORK TIMES, JANUARY 30, 1994

Marvin Badler the founder is executive level experienced security , Tropical Hurricane Joyce; No Need to Rejoice and investigative expert with proven diversified experiences in: managed operations, applied automation and technical information , How to Buy a Safe for Your Home systems, administrative, staff development, and supervisory skills. , Tropical Hurricane Joyce; No Need to Rejoice Career spans more then thirty-five years in both the private and government sectors, with increasing levels of professional responsibility to the highest level. The first American to be commissioned by the Israel Government as Security , Home : How To Deal With Bogus Callers Consultant/Security Chief for El Al Israel Airlines throughout the USA.


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