Foot Surveillance requires intense concentration as the smallest amount of time when the subject is not in view result in the subject being lost amongst the crowd.
Private Investigator Training - Surveillance Techniques
- It may not always be possible to observe the subject directly, in that instance the investigator must observe the general area around the subject such as aisles within a supermarket or clothing store.
- If the subject enters a building with a lift it may may not be possible to enter the lift due to the length or nature of the follow up to that point of time. In that event the floor register should be noted to ascertain what floors the lift stops at, noting how many people were in the lift at its departure.
- If the investigator is able to enter the lift they should attempt to let the subject select the floor before the investigator presses a floor, if the subject does not press a number then the investigator should take the lift to the top floor. The investigator should then note what floor the subject alights at.
- The investigator should then decide whether it is safe to return to the floor the subject alighted at in an attempt to establish the premises attended by the subject. If this is deemed unsafe then a search of the building directory to establish the businesses on that floor should be noted for later analysis.
- Foot surveillance may require the investigator to travel by train, tram, bus or other forms of transport as such it is imperative that the investigator remain as inconspicuous as possible and refrain from any face to face contact with the subject.
- Foot surveillance requires the investigator to think quick and make decisions as to how long to maintain close surveillance without alerting the subject, proficiency comes from experience in relation to this and other forms of surveillance.
- Foot surveillance should be done from some distance and the investigator should be attired in non-descript clothing, no bright multi coloured clothing. The investigator should attempt to dress and appear mundane.
- Anti-Surveillance by the subject can entail entering a shopping enter and exit via another entrance point walking around a corner and waiting to see who walks around the corner after them.
- Anti-Surveillance by the subject can incorporate any number of tactics to determine possible surveillance including the use of various forms of Public Transport.
- Anti-Surveillance by the subject they could have a friend accompany them to keep a look out , sitting at Cafe’s or eateries and observing the people moving about them.
- Anti-Surveillance by the subject can also entail the subject appearing to be window shopping when they are actually using the window area as a mirror to observe people moving about then in an indirect manner.