Why Do I Need to Know About Law Enforcement Equipment That is Used For Hearing Devices?
If you are in the position of having been pulled over for a minor traffic violation, and you are being searched by a police officer with a radio installed in his or her car, you will likely be handed a CD containing items that may include audio recording devices. But there are several other things that could be found on that CD. These listening devices have become a common addition to law enforcement cars and vehicles, especially in cities like Houston.
But using such listening devices can have numerous problems. The first problem is that they can record all conversations occurring in the area where they are placed. Also, they may not be recorded unless the police officer actually turns them on.
Additionally, even continuous audio recordings can be incredibly revealing. They reveal what your driver is thinking, but it can also reveal your ideas and even your general conversation. This is especially true if you are driving while talking on the phone.
But the biggest, and most serious issue is the fact that these devices are illegal to use. Houston, Texas has a new ordinance which says that the use of any listening device is illegal. As part of their new system, all of the cameras have had their batteries disconnected and are now completely useless.
While the new technology is supposed to make things safer, this also means that any criminal offense will go unpunished. Using such devices is considered to be “wiretapping”, and violators will be punished severely. The fine amounts are extremely high and could reach a thousand dollars for the simple violation.
So the question is what are these such devices for? What good do they actually do?
The real purpose of these listening devices is to catch criminals. They help in the investigation of crimes and as a deterrent to others that may be considering doing something illegal.
If you happen to be an old criminal, the last thing you want to hear is, “I stopped you for speeding but now I have to arrest you for vehicle theft.” That is not what you wanted to hear.
You would rather have something like “a good paying job with a well-known company has been offered to me by an acquaintance that I know only as ‘Joe’. It is a job at this company in Houston.”
If you have someone’s kids in the car with you, and they are their age, you may find that the owner is a nice person and would be willing to hire you for the position of babysitter. This may be more than you were hoping for.
So, for those that are worried about what someone else is doing in their ‘eyes’, with a listening device. There is a lot that goes on behind the scenes that you will never know about, but knowing that the possibility exists makes you feel a lot better.
When in Houston, you should be on the lookout for listening devices, and know that you can look forward to catching some criminals. It may be a little embarrassing to do, but it is worth it in the end.