STALKING / SURVEILLANCE
~ Over 20 Crime Deterrent Techniques That Can Help You and Your Family Be Safe!
Something to keep in mind is that anybody can become a victim of a stalker. Generally, there are two categories that stalkers fit into: (1) the victims know their stalkers, and (2) they do not know them. The connection would normally be that the relationship is an ex-lover, co-worker, ex-spouse, etc.
What compels stalkers?
There are many intentions; rape, robbery, obsession, jealousy, infatuation, revenge, lust, etc.?
Usually, but not always, carried out by an expert who is trained in this field and/or has access to equipment specially made for this type of work
Generally performed by an amateur. Restraining and court orders are almost always futile. For the police to do anything you must have concrete evidence concerning the person(s) who are stalking you.
The situation is not hopeless. There are other routes to take. Although financially some of them are beyond our grasp there is still hope.
• Hire personal bodyguard
• Find a security guard company in your city to patrol your residence.
• Installation of security system items in household, vehicle & workplace.
~ What would make a stalker easy to spot?
This would be the fact that they are, by nature, loners. Most of the time you will know the stalker, this makes it even easier.
When you feel that you are being stalked, the best thing to do is compile evidence against this person(s). Whenever possible start taking notes about times, dates, places, descriptions, etc. What you are doing is building up a dossier for local law enforcement to act upon.
When dealing with surveillance there are two primary types; auto and foot surveillance. Professionals will use a combination of both. While stalkers are frequently known to their victims, anyone surveilling is usually not.
~ Warning signals that a Stalker / Surveillance Personnel may be tracking you and how you can spot them.
MANY OF THESE TACTICS AND DETERRENT TECHNIQUES WILL SEEM EXAGGERATED, ESPECIALLY IF YOU ARE NOT BEING STALKED OR SPIED ON. BUT IF YOU THINK SOMEONE IS TRACKING YOU THEY WILL HELP YOU GREATLY!
The following techniques are intended to cover both cases. Keep in mind, however, that these tips are meant as a guide and they will not apply to every situation. They should be adapted to your needs on an individual basis.
~ Pay attention to Your Surroundings
- In neighborhood areas you should always be suspicious of strangers wandering or loitering in the area, of the same car/van parked close by in the same spot two or three days in a row.
- Vehicle Surveillance: Parallel surveillance, radio contact between the surveillance vehicles is necessary. One car follows you while the other two are on parallel streets. If you turn, your direction is relayed to the other two who turn in the same direction while your tail goes straight, only to take up position on a parallel street as one of the others takes up position behind you.
- When you know that you are being followed and have decided that you want to start compiling evidence against the Stalker/Surveillance, it would be wise not to let this person(s) know that you know they are following you. Being able to identify the person(s) will be an advantage to your case. If someone is trying not to be noticed they will make sudden movements to avoid you seeing them. When you are at public places: on a bus, in a tavern, airline terminal, always be alert to others getting on or coming in. If it is a tail they will try to sit or stand close, so as to overhear or see what you are up to. They will do just about anything to find out more about your schedule or itinerary for the day. At your apartment building or office, look for wandering, loitering, suspicious or out of place persons.
~ Change things up / Be unpredictable
- To give a different appearance some surveillance personnel will disguise their vehicles. Ones to be aware of include changing the exterior of a vehicle with magnetic stickers, extra lights, cut out switches, etc. The perpetrator will sometimes change hats, shirts, glasses, etc.
- Check your head lights for anything that might have been attached to them for marking purposes (to make it easier to track). Also look for tracking devices on or under your bumper. A large percentage of attacks will occur very close to the home or office. To keep your potential attacker off balance you will want to vary your arrival and departure times. Don’t take the same route to and from home, the same with work. You don’t want to set a pattern for them, this of course will make it easier for them to track you.
- Now and then, you will want to take a different course of action when it comes to transportation to work. Vary from bus to subway, taxi to train and so on. Avoid a pattern and travel randomly, this will make it harder for the stalker or surveillance team. If you suspect someone is following you, try making eye contact with them. This will help you to remember their face.
- To check if anyone is following you turn a corner and see if anyone follows. Crumple up a piece of paper and drop it on the ground, and then watch to see if anyone picks it up.
~ The following deterrent techniques are for you to adapt, change or add, as your particular situation warrants. Can be used for telephone security / counter surveillance if you feel that you / your family are being watched.
- . Be aware of person(s) asking personal questions about your family or domestic help.
- . Be suspicious of solicitors and workmen. Check their credentials if possible and phone their company, especially if they are not keen about their tasks or act less professional.
- . Nearby offices, apartment buildings or houses can be used for surveillance sites if they are vacant.
- . Do not throw in the trash any personal and descriptive documents. These can be used by the Stalker/Surveillance team to profile you in more detail.
- . Get an unpublished and unlisted telephone number.
- . If you think that this person(s) has gone as far as tapping your phone, this does not mean that they have broken into your house. These days they don’t have to, with the available technology.
- . If someone phones and says they have the wrong number, do not give them your number or your name. Ask what number they are calling, then tell them to try again.
- . If you have any unusual phone calls, keep track of them by time, date, sex and estimated age of the caller.