Tools of the Trade
According to John LeClair, PI and polygraphist for Northeast Polygraph Services in Pawtucket, Rhode Island, every field investigator should have the following:
Still and video camera
Digital or audiotape recorder
Extra film, videotapes, and/or audiotapes
Fresh batteries for your camera, flashlight, and cell phone
Food and water
Change of clothes
Full tank of gas
Target and client information
Paper, pen, and pencil
Cash and credit cards
How Not to Be Seen
Want to stay unnoticed? Follow these basic surveillance tips:
Drive a van, minivan, or SUV; they are best and offer more room inside.
Always have a cover story or pretext. You could be an appraiser looking around for a bank, a Realtor waiting on a client, someone whos just waiting on a friend, or a motorist waiting for AAA to come look at your car.
Dont make eye contact with the locals. Keep any unexpected conversation polite but brief.
If possible, change your parked position regularly.
Use common sense and know when a situation might be getting dangerous -- e.g., the target speeds away or attempts to confront you and if it becomes dangerous, leave the area.