Spy Tips Planting Bugs, Con Artists, Surveillance, and more

A surveillance photo can tell you a lot about the photographer. Surveillance takes planning. You have to scout the area. You need a place to sit and wait for the target for an hour… or ten. You need to take a leak now and then. Lots of chances to get seen.

Not all bugs are the same. If it’s got a battery, it’s disposable, short-term. If it’s wired into the house power, it’s a longer-term thing. If it has a transmitter, you can figure out how close the listener is. Once your surveillance knows you’re onto them, the clock starts ticking. They know you’re coming, so the question for them is whether they can destroy their equipment and get out of there in time. The question for you is whether you can find them before every bit of useful information is turned into a pile of burning slag.

Con artists and spies are both professional liars. Cons do it for the money, and spies do it for the flag, but it’s mostly the same gig. They run operations, they follow security procedures, they recruit support staff and issue orders.

When you go after a spy, you send another spy. The same goes for con artists. To catch one, you’ve got to beat him at his own game, be a better liar than he is.   Click here to read more…

Spy Tips on Car Chases, Safe Cracking, Losing a Tail, and more

In a fight, you have to be careful not to break your little hand bones on someone’s face.

When you’re being watched, what you need is contrast, a background that will make the surveillance stand out. An FBI field office is full of guys in their 40s. At most south beach business hotels, it would be tough to tell which middle aged white guy was watching you. So you stay in the place where everyone is a jell-c-shot away from alcohol poisoning. If you can see someone who can walk a straight line, that’s the Fed.

Need to go someplace you’re not wanted? Any uniform store will sell you a messenger outfit and any messenger can get past a security guard.

Figuring out if a car is tailing you is mostly about driving like you’re an idiot. You speed up, slow down, signal one way, turn the other. Actually, losing a tail isn’t about driving fast. A high-speed pursuit is just gonna land you on the six o’clock news. So you just keep driving like an idiot until the other guy makes a mistake.   Click here to read more…