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Secrets Of Surveillance: A Professional's Guide To Tailing Subjects By Vehicle, Foot, Airplane, And Public Transportation Paperback – September 1, 1993

ISBN-13: 978-0873647229 ISBN-10: 087364722X

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  • Paperback: 248 pages
  • Publisher: Paladin Press (September 1, 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 087364722X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0873647229
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 5.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #279,712 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I thought it was very well written.
- jayreed
Therefore, the vast majority of the techniques covered in this book are of little use to most private investigators.
Michael Beltz, FCI
The book could be cut in half with a good edit.
Robert Falise

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70 of 76 people found the following review helpful By Michael Beltz, FCI on December 1, 2004
Format: Paperback
As a licensed private investigator, college instructor of private investigation courses, and an experienced covert surveillance operative, I can personally tell you that most of the techniques described in this book are of little value to private sector investigators like myself. The vast majority of techniques described assume that the "surveillance team" has an unlimited supply of resources and operatives (i.e. a law enforcement team). Anyone with even remote covert surveillance experience knows that this will seldom (more likely never) be the case.

Most private sector covert surveillance operatives (i.e. private investigators) work alone or in teams of two (when and only when the Client can afford it of course). Therefore, the vast majority of the techniques covered in this book are of little use to most private investigators. There is some (emphasis added) good information in this book, but certainly not what one would expect based on the title.

If you are looking for a title that actually contains useful (emphasis added) surveillance techniques/procedures, I would highly recommend: "Covert Surveillance: The Manual of Surveillance Training" by Peter Jenkins (ISBN: 0953537803). I have had the pleasure of reading this fine text, which I consider to be the only covert surveillance techniques/procedures book worth recommending. Unfortunately, I have been unable to find a copy for purchase.

As always, check with your local library or bookstore to see if you can read/review this or any title before deciding to make a purchase. This method has effectively allowed me to make the most of my investigative library budget.

I hope you found this review helpful. [...]
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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Russel Hutchings on December 20, 1999
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An excellant book for those who are interested in or who actually employ surveillance techniques. This book provides the reader with an insight into the basic mechanics required to conduct Surveillance operations. If you are new to this game, then this book will assist you in gaining a good grasp of the basics. However, if you are looking for the intricacies of the techiniques to become an effective operator, then you may be let down somewhat. In order to balance this review, the book is let down by the lack of any photographs which would have been ideal for illustrating issues or techniques the writter wanted to impart. By way of example: The discussion on Disguises and the application of using wigs and false facial hair would be greater served using photographs. This would have been invaluable and would assist the non-oporator to full grasp what is actually required. In addition, the lack of templates for such things as Photographic or Video logs would have been a useful tool to be included in this book. Nevertheless, it is a good book and well worth reading.
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41 of 47 people found the following review helpful By James S. Reed on April 17, 2000
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First, this books does have some interesting ideas and is worth buying. However, it is written at an intelligence level that would insult a bright sixth grader. Also, it assumes you will have half a dozen people involved in the surveillance of one person and is not aimed at an individual working at surveillance alone.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By C.E. on January 11, 2007
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This book is OK, but all the information is described in huge blocks of hard to follow copy with very few diagrams or case studies. You could probably get the same quality of stuff from an open-source search on Google. The methods described are at a basic to intermediate level.

I bought 'Advanced Surveillance" by Peter Jenkins as well and would recommend you buy it instead. You'll get far more value for your money! The techniques in this book (Advanced Surveillance) are at a far higher level and are described in more detail with lots of diagrams, case studies and examples.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By - jayreed on May 15, 2006
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I work plainclothes in law enforcement and found this book to be very practical. I thought it was very well written. I can tell that the author has to have real world experience because only somebody who's worked the streets could lay this out so clearly. I picked up some very useful tips that my team either never knew or just overlooked. I highly reccomend this book to anyone in a related field. I would've liked a little more detail on establishing a good

observation post. And it is a little heavy on the unlimited resource end like the 4 member teams and the communications vest. Other than that it was definitely worth the read.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By R. Friederich on August 2, 2010
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ACM IV provides the finest product available at its price. Not only is the value worth the purchase of this book in and of itself, but the material is absolutely top notch.

During the course of my 25-year career, I spent my share of time conducting surveillances. I know many of the ins and outs.

The entire ACM IV series should be a part of every tradecraft professional's library. And the pages should be dog-eared.
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By Robert Falise on July 29, 2013
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GOP layout of the basics but suffers from excessive e repetition. The book could be cut in half with a good edit.
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Involved in a lawsuit? Filed an insurance claim? Getting close to qualifying for that pension? Are you a whistle blower? These are all triggers for big business and corrupt officials to roll out their private army - better known as Private Investigators - against average law abiding citizens.

This book (and other ACM IV publications)are excellent sources to help identify Professional Stalkers employed by big money (and certain cults) and neutralize their illegal tactics.

Unless you plan on getting Ralph Nader vs General Motors lucky, you better read this book.
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