Possibly the most intriguing for those not working in the industry. But we can’t be covert and sneaky beaky without some type of spy cameras. If you go onto eBay and search for spy camera you will be inundated with cameras hidden in everyday items such as pens, coat hooks, power banks and even clocks.
Now we don’t buy our equipment from eBay (too often..) but you get the idea.
These small discreet devices allow us to record video in shops, bars and to capture phone conversations on the train. Always try and remember, if you’re in the public domain you are fair game.
These devices, if used in the proper way, give us the best evidence and is what sets us apart from the amateurs who will go out and try to use their phone discreetly. We can hide covert cameras almost anywhere! The main limitation these days is our imagination, I won’t give away too many secrets but in recent years a lot of daytime TV shows use these devices to get the money shot, often whilst in cars or in meetings.
I have worked in teams of over 20 surveillance operatives and without radio equipment it would be completely impossible!
We use a varying range of radio equipment each having their own pros and cons.
UHF and VHF type radios (the big bulky ones Asda security typically use) are brilliant when working closely together but as soon as you get some distance from each other they become useless. These radios come into their own when working in the London Underground because a team can still effectively communicate down in the tunnels where internet signal from cell towers just can’t reach.
Working ‘up north’ in the Midlands though the go-to radios are called ‘Network Radios’ and these work over 3G and 4G phone signals. Using an app called Zello we can communicate securely within our own easy to make channels and so long as there is 3G/4G signal we have unlimited range communications.
I hope this has given you a small insight into the world of a private investigator. If you’re considering hiring one always have the confidence to ask the right questions regarding their equipment. If this is a concern of yours just check that they have these 5 pieces of essential equipment.
Bear in mind, that this equipment is all well and good, but it needs to be in the hands of a capable surveillance operative!
What I mean by this is someone who has completed an accredited and industry leading training course. We at Delta 74 Private Investigations recommend Titan Private Investigations and their training courses.
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