Automatic license plate reader cameras are controversial enough when law enforcement deploys them, given that they can create a panopticon of transit throughout a city. Now one hacker has found a way to put a sample of that power—for safety, he says, and for surveillance—into the hands of anyone with a Tesla and a few hundred dollars to spare.
Another successful PNAI training event was held this past week at the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission in Burien, WA!
It was a fast-paced day beginning with attendees learning about the latest in cellular telephone forensics from Gordon Mitchell of Future Focus.
Sandra Robb of Capital Accounting provided updates on the latest Federal and State tax laws, and things we all can do to mitigate or prevent those unintended audits.
The lunch networking session was led by Martin Radley of Radstone Investigations and Consulting. Attendees introduced themselves and spoke of the challenges they expected this coming year and how they were going to manage or overcome them. A very informative topic!
After lunch, effective web design and the myths of Search Engine Optimization were explained in detail by Marty Longe from Umbrella Graphics, the Trident website designer.
And the last presentation of the day was on Surveillance Best Practices, paneled by PNAI members Mike Canaan from Trident Investigative Service, Inc., two other local investigators Keith Shores and Andy Holmes. Audience participation was high during this presentation, with lots of questions and answers provided. The exchanges were so many that the program was not completed before the end of the day. Attendees asked that panel to reconvene at the next conference to complete the presentation, which we will do.
We are excited to report that our attendance from the last or prevent, with attendee responses being overwhelmingly positive! We expect an even greater turnout at the next training event.
Stay tuned! Keith Shores, the PNAI Education Committee Chair will be announcing the dates of the next PNAI Training Conference scheduled for this early Fall.
One of the most challenging aspects of our business is working with clients who might otherwise express unrealistic expectations of what can be accomplished in surveillance. As crime and terrorism have been forefront in our minds, our society, in general, is more vigilant of their surroundings. And then add the often significant component of urban congestion and traffic to the equation, and it can be extremely difficult to reach a successful conclusion to surveillance.
How do we increase our odds? Often a second or third surveillance operative is appropriate for the scope of work. This is where the question is asked; does a second or third surveillance operator increase the odds of obtaining your objective? In most cases, yes.
HOW DOES THIS IMPROVE OUR ODDS? A few examples are:
More eyes on a subject or subject location
Ability to watch multiple exit points
Ability to have stationary eyes on the subject while other operators pick up the departure
Parallel follow-cars and the ability to change what’s viewed in the subject’s rearview mirror
More easily plan for complicated or multiple possible subject departure routes
WHAT CAN YOU, THE CLIENT, DO TO INCREASE OUR SUCCESS? We know that information is power. As it is available to you, provide us with:
Current, and detailed subject information to include physical description and photographs
“Significant other” details
Social media and activities
Known support addresses — family, friends, medical providers, legal advisors, etc.
TECHNOLOGY WE USE TO FACILITATE OUR SUCCESS comes in many forms. This may include, but not limited to:
Suitable surveillance vehicle options for the environment we work or the subject we follow
Each team member has a two-way radio with both direct and repeater capability
Maintain a continuous team conference call on the operators cellular phone
Team location or positioning on a shared smartphone or tablet map applications
Shared chronological field notes are taken live on a smart phone or tablet
Multiple covert video camera options to be used in nearly any environment or scenario
THE CHALLENGES AND IMPEDIMENTS TO SUCCESS REMAIN. While no one can guarantee results, there are many conditions and factors outside of our control which can negatively affect an outcome. Examples are:
Intersections and traffic lights
Traffic and area congestion
A subject who is naturally suspicious
Someone who has been counseled by their legal advisors to watch for surveillance
A subject who performs a SDR (Surveillance Detection Route)
A subject who uses multiple modes of transportation such as being on foot, using public transportation, or ride share.
Inadequate, or no suitable surveillance positions to watch our intended subject or activity
And then there is the subject who does not leave their home or work on the day we conduct our surveillance.
Trident Investigators have a broad-spectrum of experience from federal and local law enforcement, military, corporate and legal investigative fields, with knowledge, experience, and equipment that exceeds any other investigative agency in the Pacific Northwest which will significantly increase the opportunity for positive results. Can you afford to not be successful?
Want to know more? Call us at (253) 852-7000 during our office hours 8:30 A.M. to 5:30 P.M. Pacific Time, Monday through Friday. When calling after hours or if you reach our voice mail, please leave a message and our on-duty investigator will return your call at the earliest opportunity.
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