Private Investigation work is rewarding when we are able to help someone however there are several risks!
Sometimes while surveilling a subject, investigators can get so wrapped up in watching their subject that they get tunnel vision and forget to be aware of their own surroundings. When a person (PI or otherwise) neglects their surroundings, they are vulnerable to those with bad intentions. We encourage investigators to, “Stay aware of what is going on.”
By taking a moment to check-in and keep a watchful eye on surroundings, an investigator is better prepared to handle any situations that may come their way. Setting a reminder on your phone may help those working solo to stop and look around.
Additionally, having a partner can be incredibly helpful. Not only does this allow for an investigator to always have eyes on the subject, but it offers an extra set of eyes to see what is going on around them. It is imperative that investigators be cognizant of the setting they’re in as well as the subject.
While simply being aware can go a long way, positioning matters as well. Investigators should take care to allow for defensive moves should they need to take them. Obviously, investigators need to be positioned to be able to surveil a subject, but ensuring their own safety should also be a priority.
If surveilling in an enclosed place, investigators should take note of the entrances and exits and ensure they do not have their back to the door. This way, they know if someone is approaching them as individuals will not be approaching from behind. During trainings Private Investigators are advised, “As much as possible, I try to position myself in a way that allows for a defensive response [and] then access the environment for a backup plan, nearest safe place, etc.”
A representative from MIS Research Group encouraged investigators with the following practical advice: “Always position yourself in a way that you can hit the pedal if you need to. Keep your head on a swivel. If approached and you decide you are going to speak to them, open the window ONLY a little. When you arrive on site, always lock your doors, especially in dangerous areas, [and] stay in the front seat.”
Carrying items for personal protection can be helpful in the event that an investigator is attacked. This can be anything from non-lethal forms of protection, such as pepper spray or a taser (where legal), to firearms. For those trained and experienced with firearms, having a firearm on their person can be reassuring in that they know it is there if they need it. Several investigators encouraged others that while on a surveillance to carry firearms as a means of protection, especially while surveilling a subject. Practicing safety with ballistics is also important.
Private investigators should also consider wearing body armor while surveilling a subject, and especially when surveilling one who is known to be dangerous. Not only does this provide physical safety, but it can also provide investigators with peace of mind that they are protected. By eliminating the fear and anxiety that can creep up when dealing with a dangerous subject, investigators can focus on the job at hand and ensure they are able to perform should they be faced with harm.
Protection can also come in the form of preparation. By having a dashcam and/or body camera, investigators may discourage would-be assailants from taking action. Furthermore, body cameras and dash cameras can provide much-needed evidence in the event an investigator later needs to pursue criminal charges against an attacker.
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Article from PI Magazine