Here are some very interesting surveillance tricks that
have been recently open for discussion on the
Internet at the private-eye site.
X-From: email@example.com (Joseph Seanor)
I wanted to start a discussion on "Surveillance Tricks". The reason for this is to exchange some good tips and tricks that other PI's have used
while doing surveillance on subjects.
There are just so many excuses that you can use in certain surveillance cases that will work. Here are some of the ones I have used:
Sitting in a chair on the street (metal sign says "Traffic Survey") "I'm waiting to see if my girlfriend is cheating on me." "I'm monitoring the XXX lawn care company, do they do their work, etc in fact we are having a special right now....sales pitch" "I'm monitoring the XXX trash company, we have had a few complaints."
"I work for XXX courier company, and they think I'm working." Sitting in a chair with a canvas and paintbrush
These are just a few of the ones that I or some of my investigators have used. It really depends on the case and the location.
To: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com
I have several I like to use Here are a couple of them:
*I am occasionally caught video tapeing subjects, when caught I tell the people who catch me that I work for several realators in the area and we are putting together a relocation video of several nieghberdrhoods, for clients who are considering moveing into the area from outstate. I then follow up with a pitch of "do you own your home or are you renting?" This alone makes them beat a very hasty retreat. I also have a computer buissness card
program that allows me to make up very official looking buissness cards.
*Another ruse when caught in camo in a rural area is to hand people a card that says something like "Wildlife Videography Inc." Tell the Inquiring minds that you are trying to get videotape for PBS of a wild purple redbreasted martin or some nonsence. It works like a dream.
X-From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Steve4)
One of my favorites is to keep a snapshot of my dog in my wallet. If approached, I tell the concerned citizen that my dog got out of the car
the other day when I was visiting a friend in the area. I was waiting to see if he shows up. This works especially well if I need to get a positive ID on a claimant or a subject. I go to the door and introduce myself. I tell the person about my lost dog, show them the snapshot, and ask if they've seen the dog. I ask them their name and if they
would mind if I stop by in a day or two to see if they've seen the dog. So far, no one has refused to identify themselves. I give them a number, either one that always rings busy or a drop number.
Works like a charm.
X-From: email@example.com (Robert Benton)
One surveillance vehicle that is frequently overlooked is a bicycle. If you are scouting a neighborhood for instance, it is a simple matter
to pretend your bike has had a minor mechanical malfunction and spend some time tinkering with it. A camera mounted inside the tool-pouch is
also a possibility. Nobody ever asks you anything.
California Licensed PI
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