Valuable - Insightful - And Humorous Tips For
From Posts At The Privte-Eye Mailing List

Here in Ohio, staying warm is always a problem, but that's only half the
Along with staying warm on surveillance, I prioritize visibility.
Windows fog up and seems sometimes the only way to unfog them is to run
the car's blower which lights up the dash and the driver for all the
world to see.
I have a small fan unit which has optional heat. Keeps me warm and
maintains visibility. I think it's better than some of the chemicals
which prevent fogging because you can more easily control where you want
to unfog. Much warmer than opening the window!
These units plug into the cigarette lighter.
More ideas?
Jeff Rataiczak
InCamera Investigations, Inc.
Member: ASIS
Phone: (937) 898-8976
Pager: (937) 978-1012 / Fax: (937) 898-9656
--"Cover any tracks you make in the snow."
Susan Croft (Croft Investigations, LTD)
1775 11th Street, Fennimore, Wisconsin 53809
608-822-4335 (voice) 608-822-3238 (fax)
I spent my time in the Dakotas and learned about winter - that's why I
moved back to Southern California. When it gets cold here, I put on
long pants!
Doug Iversen
Nationwide Investigative Services
P.O. Box 1731
Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91729
(909) 625-5169
License PI-17675
Let's start with these.
1. Try not to get cold. A cold PI is an unhappy PI. We all carry in our
cars the following items.
A. Wool (specify wool) blankets, at least two.
B. If you can get away with it, I suggest a small propane heater
brand name Heater Jr. I think it's made by Coleman and two propane bottles.
If your car has to be outside where snow and ice will form then I suggest
not using this product as it will keep your car clear of ice and snow.
C. Coffee of Tea, something warm to drink. If you can't get out
of your vehicle then something to dispose of the waste product.
D. I keep thermal a hunting suite and gloves in the car also.
I can't think of anything else here.
Roland Campos
CPI Investigations
1011 Oster Dr., Suite J
Huntsville, Al. 35816
1. Be sure to allow extra time when traveling from site to site.
Tourists abound and you never know what they're going to do! (Apologies
to Jeff Rataiczak)
2. Even though the earth's axis points away, the sun can still be
dangerous. Pack extra sunscreen!
3. In the winter months sharks tend to migrate south to warmer water.
Be careful at the beach.
4. The Walt Disney World Florida Residents Discount promotion was
discontinued at Thanksgiving. We have to pay full price now, but
really, who wants to go with all the tourists?
5. Be sure to pack a light windbreaker or at least a sweater. You
never know when the temperature's going to dip below 70.
6. If you're on surveillance and you car windows start to fog up. . .
Just open a window!
7. To save on your electric bill, try running the air conditioner only
during the day. The evenings are usually cool enough to leave the
windows cracked.
8. If you want to blend in while on surveillance, wear shorts.
Hope that these help!
Happy Holidays!
Jim Ley
DataLink Investigative Services, Inc.
Post Office Box 41282
St. Petersburg, Florida 33743-1282
(813) 381-8500
(813) 345-8324 Fax
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Being from Chicago I remember those cold winters and surveillances in
freezing temps. Wear lots of layers of clothing and try heat packs for your hands.
Same type that football players use.
Here in Southern California, winter surveillance means wear a sweatshirt or
light jacket in the morning, and have shorts to wear in the afternoon. :)
Clark Dickenscheidt
CDI Investigations
501 Washington Street, Suite 624
San Diego, CA 92103
(619) 299-6695
(619) 260-6122 fax
CA License # PI 16207
I would make a nice fire, and farm out all cases and collect a finders
Happy holidays to all!
ATA investigative Services
Christine Adams Tripp, JD
Don't leave a trail in the snow, harder to be sneaky now! Give your favorite camcorder a warm blankie! Take extra time to pick a good vantage point,prefferably one you can observe
from the car's heater.
Happy Holidays to All.
Edward J.Panek
Senior Investigator
Protective Circles Inc.
P.O.Box 1173,Edgartown,Ma.02539
AN electric blanket works nice... just use an ac adapter. Been doing
this with the heater for years. My biggest problem is .. where do I get
to go pee..:)
Deborah Rose
DCR Enterprises - Tx License A-07031
(972) 272-0829 (972) 272-1904
I grew up in Michigan, on the shores of one of the Great Lakes, where
the average annual snowfall is 109 inches and the windchill factor
plunges the temp to far below zero. Best way to stay warm? Irish coffee
and a VERY good friend. :)
Elaine Bray
Confidential Research Services
Albany, OH
ICQ: 5145885
Sportys Catalog, a catalog for airplane pilots and enthusiasts, sells
just the thing.. Its a small red handheld container, designed to fit
"anyone." male or female. Although they are designed for those longer
flights in a small airplane, they would work well for this also!
(Don't ask the question if you don't want to know the answer!)
Martin in Phoenix
(where we don't have to shovel what we get in the winter, SUNSHINE!)
For any cold weather operation, it's imperative that one maintain adequate
body heat, or the effects of hypothermia become apparant. Dexterity loss
makes operation of the video equipment a problem. Sitting and staring into
space impairs the success of your task. Becoming ill and losing several
days to recuperation takes the profit out of the job, and we won't even go
into the financial detriments of freezing to death.
LLBean has it's catalog on the net, and it's one of the best. Look for the
magic words GORETEX in anything you might buy, and cover every inch of your
body with it. Is there anyone who's ever worn Goretex that would not
present it as an unquestioned MUST for any task that involves sitting in the
cold? Just don't try to wear it by the fire to get warm -- it works both
ways as a heat barrier. Take it off when you go inside so the heat can get
to you.
Here in Clearwater, FL it is getting MIGHTY cold....(almost went down to 50 last night)....
We definately start wearing socks (normally that's formal wear only).
For daytime, I recommend the Burmuda shorts, rather than the swim trunks....T-shirt as opposed to tank top...and a base ball cap (they say you lose most of your heat through your head)...
Happy Holidays to all !!!
Jason Wade
Director of Operations
STEALTH Services, Inc.
Years ago, I worked for a company that was involved in the
construction of a nuclear power plant. The construction people were
hanging off safety belts a hundred feet off the ground with the wind
blowing 30-40 mph and low temperatures. I asked some of the guys how
they stayed warm and was shocked to find out that they all wore panty
hose under their pants; various other things to cover their torsos.
Panty hose are great for lower body protection.
Vicki Duneman
EPMPF - Information Services Division
Having worked in Chicago, Maine and Colorado in the winter, I have found
that snow mobile suits (with hood) and insulated Sorel boots seem to work
the best for long periods of sitting in a vehicle. These boots have thick
felt over socks for warmth. I also purchased a large quantity of heat
generating packets for putting in the pockets of my clothing under the jump
suit. I have a small electric heater purchased mail order for keeping the
windshield from frosting over from breath. It does not throw enough heat to
keep me warm. A can of sterno or a few candles will also generate some
heat. I fold a wool blanket about 4 times to sit on as the suit's
insulation compresses with pressure and loses its insulating properties. I
suggest hot herbal tea as coffee and black tea is a diaeretic and will make
you pee a lot. I have a hole in the floor of my GMC Suburban and a long
tube to pee into that drains through the floor hole.
For outdoor surveillance I use military camo gortex parka and pants over
the jumpsuit. Also have military white camo for snow days that goes over
the gortex. I recon the site prior to the outdoor surveillance and cut the
branches off of pine trees to sit on.
I use skin tight unlined leather gloves and have large insulated gloves to
wear over them. Military polypropolene underwear seem to be the best for
wicking perspiration and keeping warmth. I stopped using propane heaters as
they need to be vented for safety. The venting let out most of the heat. I
still vent with candles and sterno but not as much.
I have done quite a few of these cold weather jobs, so if anyone has
specific questions, e/mail me privatly for more tips.
Warren Levicoff
PO Box 212, Jenkintown, PA 19046 USA
Tel: 215 576 7909 - Fax: 215 576 1404