How to catch a cheater: Wayward spouses keep spy shops and private investigators busy

LATHRUP VILLAGE, Mich. - The affairs of the heart on ABC's "Scandal" can leave your head spinning, but real life drama always trumps a primetime TV show. And the spyware that's available these days has made it easier than ever for people to catch a cheating mate.

Customers at Spy Ops in Lathrup Village are often looking for discreet surveillance systems to videotape the behavior of employees or potentially wayward spouses.

"Years ago, you would sit down the street and wait until the person left," said private investigator Pete Kourtesis who founded I.C.U. Investigations 12 years ago. "Now, fortunately, we have GPS tracking devices that will allow us to not be on the street and always know where someone's going."

Kourtesis says his business began with a larger number of wives looking to find out if their husbands were cheating, but these days Kourtesis says more men are suspecting their wives are having extramarital affairs.

And if someone suspects their spouse/mate is up to no good, there's a good chance they're right.

"Very rarely do I call someone and say you're husband isn't doing anything. That's extremely rare," says Kourtesis.

Michael Rhodes, who works at Spy Ops, showed our Scipps sister station Action News some of the covert devices people are purchasing to spy on spouses, nannies, their children and employees.

And cameras that cannot be detected by the naked eye can be found in things like watches, designer purses, sleek digital alarm clocks and key fobs.

The team at Spy Ops can also customize the location of a camera. They showed us a painting in which the camera isn't visible even after it's been pointed out, but it's looking right at you!

Real time computer activity can be monitored and there's easy to use surveillance software that can monitor a cell phone's location, call activity and text messages (deleted texts too).

A bit of caution. While you can easily pick up these cameras and software, you should consider getting some legal advice from an attorney. In Michigan, if you are obtaining audio, one party to a conversation is required to give consent.


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