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Surveillance Tradecraft: The Professional's Guide to Surveillance Training Paperback – March 30, 2010
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Peter Jenkins is the director of surveillance training company ISS Training Ltd. He has been managing his own commercial and corporate investigation business in Yorkshire for the past 20 years. Previous to this, Peter author spent 12 years in the Royal Marines where he specialised in various roles which included reconnaissance, intelligence, counter terrorism and instructing. Peter Jenkins continues to carry out surveillance work on a regular basis and regularly instructs on surveillance training courses for private companies, government enforcement agencies, specialist military units and close protection companies worldwide. Surveillance Tradecraft is the third book by Peter Jenkins, his other published works include 'Covert Surveillance' and 'Advanced Surveillance'
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For those young people who watch shows like NCIS on television, and want to be government agents, this is the book for you. For those interested in careers in intelligence, close protection, or private investigation - this book has got all the skills to get you started in surveillance and information gathering. And for amateur hacks like me - who just want to be able to travel safely on the streets of the third world - this book is a real eye opener. Honestly, I thought my situational awareness was pretty good. But I've learned from this book that I need to take my awareness up a few notches. Otherwise your typical traveler or businessman, even amateurs like me who do "keep their radar turned on" all the time, we are still viable targets for bad guys who work professionally. There are just too many skills and strategies that the pro's can use agaisnt you. This book will open your eyes to the spectrum of possible threats out there, and get you pointed in the right direction of defeating them.
A couple of quick closing comments. This book gives a lot of practical advice and will get people started - but it's really only the starting point for many of the skills described. It's up to you to refine those techniques. And second, surveillance is nice because it gives you a heads up. But if you are the potential target of an abduction, you'd better know what exactly you are going to do if your opponents move on you. So you still need to know how to look after yourself out there.
Congratulations to Peter Jenkins for writing a truly excellent text on surveillance - job well done mate!!
This is a beautifully produced, many pictures, short chapters, lots of vignettes as to successes problems, issues and even a few failures in surveillance. There are lists of gear, explanations of gear, and a good overview of surveillance. The chapter on cameras is worth the cost of the book alone. There are good chapters on nearly every aspect of how to follow and observe, and how to avoid being followed or observed.
The book is British, so the references to laws and regulations are to Great Britain's laws and regs. This is the weakest area of the book. I did not think the regs were well spelled out. The author is careful not to publish unpublished data or techniques. But there are so many techniques and suggestions that pertain to all aspects of surveillance that nearly everyone, from novice amateur to practitioner could gain from reading this book.
The book is well and clearly written. The pictures add and are well selected. The many short vignettes really add to the book, giving it a depth it would not otherwise have. The information is well organized and presented in enough depth to be of assistance.
I would add the caveat that if you are actually in a position that you would expect to be followed, or targeted, then you should hire a professional company that will take care of you. People carrying large sums of money, or in sensitive security positions need the highly trained and specialized services of true experienced professionals. That is no place for do it yourself types. But if want to be more careful in your actions and movements, more aware of situations around you, and to have a few tricks up your sleeve than this book is a good investment. I could see a group of young adults using this book as a way to play the tracking, trailing and observing games that have been popular with college students.
For my purposes, that's fine. I enjoy reading about these sorts of techniques and anyone who is serious about surveillance or counter-surveillance would find this book to be a great starting point ahead of in-the-field training. Luckily the end of the book covers some of those training programs available to people who want to make this a career. As the author is director of one such training company, the training programs described are all the ones offered by his company. There's also some general information on how to go about getting work in surveillance.
Overall the book is extremely comprehensive. If you have any interest in the subject matter, you really can't go wrong getting this book. The only caveat I'll give is that the book is definitely UK-centric. Terminology may be different depending on where you live. Some sections on mobile surveillance may also need some adjustment, based on which side of the road you drive on and different common road features. Just be aware you may need to do a bit of translation.
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