Obtaining covert Video and identifying locations quickly by using a cellphone.
Updated: Jun 19, 2019
Your cellphone is a crucial tool in the surveillance tool kit.
You can use your cellphone to obtain covert video. Yep I do it all the time.
I start the recording and put it up to my ear and have a fake conversation with my wife, mother, etc...
Put headphones in and pretend your listening to music or watching a movie as it faces your subject.
Pretend to be looking something up.
you do not have to get 10 minutes of covert. Generally 10 to 30 seconds is good enough. I personally always try to get over a minute and average about 2 minutes depending on the situation.
Even with a covert cam, I always get a few seconds on my phone because I know my phone won’t fail me where as a covert cam might. It’s a redundancy system I use:
Open google, click the locate me button, click on the store they just walked into, and screenshot.
This gives you a screenshot of the location (Address) and the time it was taken. You will need this for your report.
What it a place is not listed on google.
WHen this happens I have two options. I drop a pin on the road that I’m on, screenshot the address. I will take the road and city and say in my report something like, located at a party store off of so and so Road In Des Moines, Iowa. Or I choose a neighboring business and say located within the vicinity of that business located at..:.
What if you have no signal and you know the city you are in but not the road?
Go old school and look at a sign. Take a picture with your camera. This will give you the road and time you took the shot.
Report Rule: A report should never and I mean never have a location without an address along with City. who ever is reading the report should always be able to find the place you are talking about.