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Detective Equipment

Tuesday, February 1st, 2011

Detective EquipmentWhether you are called a private detective or a professional investigator, you will need some basic detective equipment. Individuals can be employed by private clients, the government or law enforcement agencies. Regardless of the positions, the basic premise is the same. However, the equipment will vary somewhat. The government has their standard issue as do police departments. However, the private sector has the most flexibility, which is usually only restricted by finances.

The Basics to Build Upon

As a detective, you can be an insurance investigator, a professional recovery expert or specialize in finding people. Essentially, as a private investigator or detective you will perform various tasks for clients. Your job is to determine facts and find answers to questions. However, you will need technology’s help in solving most of the cases. The following list is by no means comprehensive.

  • Digital Camera with Zoom Lens
  • Hand Held Video Recorder That is capable of Transmitting Video to a Computer or Cellular Phone
  • Hand Held Digital Voice Recorder for Taking Notes and Recording Conversations
  • Binoculars with Night Vision Technology and a Built in Camera
  • Night Vision Spotter Scope with a Range Finder
  • Cell Phone Capable of Recording Conversations
  • Throw away Phones or What Many Refer to as Burn Phones
 Laptop -Computer With Your Own Wi-Fi Card
  • A Program on a CD Rom That Will Wipe The Hard Drive
  • Pack Of Cigarettes Matches and or Lighter
  • Multi Purpose Tool
  • Global Positioning System or GPS

The list is a good start, so regardless of your area of expertise this detective equipment is versatile. It would be impractical to think that everything you could possibly need is neatly tucked away in a briefcase. However, by always carrying the basics you are assured that you can carry out most surveillance operations. 

The List of Not So Basic Equipment

 Covert Listening Device That Can Transmit To a Receiver and or Recorder Using Radio Frequencies or RF
 Handheld RF Receiver
 Numerous Covert Cameras Disguised as Common Objects
 Smoke Bombs Which are Usually Available at any –Pyrotechnics Store or Fireworks Shop

  • Steel Stun Baton, Stun Gun or Handgun for Personal Protection
  • Pepper Spray or Mace to use Against Individuals and Animals
  • Plastic Cable Ties Instead of Handcuffs Because Most Criminals out of -Habit Carry a Key
  • Protective Vest and to Find One You Can Shop An Army Surplus Store -For a Flax Jacket or Vest
  • An RF Intrusion Detection Device This Device Will Pick Up RF –Transmissions
  • Police Scanner One That Can Unscramble Encrypted Transmissions
  • Weather Resistant Back Pack

You can add to or take away from any list of detective equipment. Much of what you may need depends on the mission at hand. Some scenarios will be described using the basic and not so basic list of equipment.

Move In and Set Up Your New Office

Detective EquipmentYour office will be your vehicle in many instances. Make sure you have the proper chargers for your equipment. Many newer vehicles have a USB connection to charge laptops and many cellular phones. Keep a converter box in the trunk that can act as a reserve. Use the proper safeguards on your computer to prevent hacking when using a public Wi-Fi. However, it is recommended you use a card provided by an Internet provider.

Covert computer snooping should be done very carefully to avoid having anything traced back to you. This is where the burn phones come in handy, as well. Set up a John Doe alias for the cell phone activation, but provide a valid street address, like a local office building. Do not hang on to the phone once it has been used several times. Remove the subscriber identity module or SIM card if it has one. Destroy it beyond recovery, as well, as the phone. Many phones have Internet access so take advantage of that feature.

Evidence Collection Is the Number One Consideration

Video evidence has an impact in court, and it is important to safeguard your evidence. Never record over any erased content when taping a subject. An analysis of the recording will show it had previously been used to record. The integrity of the video will be questioned. Always use a new memory card for every operation. No talking while taping because, it will end up on the audio portion. Verify your location by recording some prominent landmarks. It is important your target’s location can be verified by the images on the tape.

Audio or video evidence captured by covert means may not be admissible, but it can verify known facts, which had been obtained by other means. Therefore, using covert detective equipment is necessary many times to help solidify theories, and to point you in the right direction. 

Many operations will be conducted at night. Having the ability to see is crucial. Never look directly at the target in the dark, always rely on your peripheral vision. Use the spotter scope because distances can be deceptive, the scope will determine the range for you. Once the distance is known use the night vision binoculars for picture taking. Knowing the distance can determine the height of a target by comparing the subject to known object sizes. In addition, it can reassure you that you are out of range of any weapons.

Adapt To Your Surroundings

You do not smoke so why cigarettes? The sight of an individual catching a smoke in a doorway is so common most people do not give them a second look. Cigarettes are props, so use them when conducting an investigation. Use urban camouflage to blend in, for example, a cellular phone to the ear with a newspaper and coffee. People will assume any object in your hand is a phone.

Avoid Physical Contact with Any Target but be Prepared Just In case

Detective EquipmentFlax jackets can absorb blows from fists, blunt objects and it helps deflect Tasers and bullets. Many are not considered bulletproof vests, but they do offer protection. Wear one when the situation dictates, and cover it with a large shirt or coat. It can also be used to cover you if an explosion appears likely. Body armor is a necessary piece of detective equipment.

Smoke makes the perfect concealment medium. It also creates confusion allowing you to escape or enter an area without being seen. Drop a smoke bomb and start yelling to get people moving and to instill panic. Chaos works in your favor. Place it so people cannot identify the source immediately.

Always Think Beyond the Next Curve

Always back up your information when using your computer. Email files to your own account or provide another means. Do not allow a stolen laptop to halt the operation. Surveillance is tedious and many inexperienced detectives become impatient. Contrary to what is depicted in the movies, you do not conduct a monitoring mission in front of the subject’s home. This is where technology comes into play.

Your detective equipment will include covert surveillance cameras. Installing theses devices in key areas allows you to monitor your target well out of their sight. Be creative, cameras can be disguised as a birdhouses, lawn ornaments, and even attached to a mailbox. You can set up surveillance from a parking lot where your vehicle will not draw attention. The camera will transmit the images to your computer or phone. You can also attach a GPS tracking device to their vehicle. The ideal time to place a device is when the subject is parked in a store parking lot, but be mindful of any cameras located in the area.

The GPS tracker has multiple purposes. You may find it necessary to enter a subject’s home. Track them on your phone while you are inside installing listening devices or gathering information. One word of caution, do not enter a target’s home until you have monitored the location for several days. Ensure no other agency or individual is conducting surveillance. It can become problematic, depending on who else may be watching them.

Practice Awareness Of Your Situation

Keep the scanner tuned to the local police department. Scanner frequencies can be obtained on the Internet or by scanning through the various bands. If you are using a rental car, memorize the license plate number. Often attentive citizens will report a suspicious vehicle parked somewhere. You can hear the call on the scanner. Obviously, you want to know this so you can find another spot. Park if possible to keep someone from coming up behind you. Use one of the covert cameras placed in the back of the vehicle to monitor what is behind you. Some vehicles have back up cameras, which engage when the vehicle is shifted to reverse. Be creative and consider your vehicle part of your detective equipment. With a little imagination, you will find various uses for the vehicle camera.

Always check your own automobile if you have been out of it for more than a few minutes. Use the RF scanner to check for devices and look for cameras and GPS trackers. Whenever leaving your mobile office take any memory cards with you. Professionals will only take the memory cards or flash drives out of your vehicle because, they know laptops can be tracked.

Furthermore, you as a trained operative should never insert a memory card or thumb drive into a computer that can be traced to you. Therefore, any evidence collected at the subject’s resident should be handled with caution. Viruses can be written and placed on almost any device, to include USB flash drives.

Stay Mobile and Never Look Back

Detective EquipmentThere are several cardinal rules that must be adhered to when operating in the field. When leaving a motel room for any reason always assume you will never come back. This includes going for lunch or just down the hall for ice. In other words, whatever detective equipment is left in the room is a throw away and cannot be traced to you. Carry the essentials in a pack that is always with you. No one finds carrying a pack to be out of the ordinary anywhere in the world. Do not move into a motel room. One night for some quick relaxation is acceptable. Use gift cards or throw away money cards for payments. The throwaways are purchased at checkout in most stores and they are untraceable. Carry several with smaller amounts that can be left behind.

Despite what you may see on television most professionals never carry phony identification unless they are affiliated with the government. Doing so raises questions and legal issues, and most are quickly spotted. Therefore, your history must be manipulated to account for why you are where you are. You may very well be a licensed investigator working for a private citizen, so you can be vague. However, avoid any situation other than interaction with law enforcement, where you have to present identification. The best operatives are the ones that blend in. They are never flashy, never brag about what they do and they practice avoidance.

Personal Protection as Part of Your Detective Equipment

Choosing personal protection must be done carefully, and you must consider the legality of your choice of weapons. Handguns of course are a logical choice. Each state has their version of concealment. A weapon locked in the truck or glove compartment is useless, as is an unloaded one. Revolvers are reliable and they do not leave brass behind, but they require more action to pull the trigger. The reliable .45 is also an option as are most 9mm handguns. Know the laws in the various states. Stun guns are easily concealed and they are useful, as are stun batons. The telescoping batons are used to stop anyone from reaching in the window.

After the Mission is Successfully Completed

Wipe the hard drive of all computers used. Use a quality program that over writes and replaces the files. Much of what was gathered may have to be saved, so ensure it remains on the recoding medium. Literally burn any throw away phones, and remove all equipment from the vehicle. Inspect and clean all of your detective equipment for the next mission.


Taser M26 Holster

Wednesday, December 8th, 2010

Wouldn’t you like to give an assailant or attacker a nice little jolt? Do you work as a professional security guard and need to equip yourself with something that has the stopping power of a firearm but isn’t lethal? Then a Taser® M26 or Taser® M26-C with a Taser® M26 Holster sounds like the self defense weapon you need.

Taser® is the most popular brand name in electronic tazers. Taser’s M26 model tazer is used by law enforcement agencies around the world. This model was discontinued by Taser but a newer similar model called the Taser®M26-C is now marketed. Both models share the same type and design or carrying case, the Taser M26 holster.

A tazer is an effective yet non-lethal self defense weapon. They are fashioned similarly to hand guns but are a non-lethal alternative. The Taser®M26-C produces a 50,000 volt charge rendering the target temporarily incapacitated. Unlike a stun gun that also administers a high voltage shock, the tazer itself does not have to touch the assailant. Instead the Taser®M26-C uses compressed nitrogen cartridges to propel two probes or electrodes up to a distance of 15 feet at approximately 180 feet per second.

Once the fired probes make contact, the electrical charge delivered through the corresponding wires they are connected to result in and individual’s loss of neuromuscular function, balance, and the ability to move in a coordinated fashion. Taser® brand tazers are not considered a firearm and may be legally carried concealed or open in 43 states. Taser M26 holsters are specifically designed for this purpose. Tazer devices are prohibited from use by non-law enforcement individuals in the states of Hawaii, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Rhode Island, Wisconsin, and Michigan ( in Michigan, private investigators, bail agents, and properly trained aircraft crews may use them).

Security Camera King offers two different types of Taser M26 holster. We offer the Taser M-26C Blade Tech holster in both left and right handed models. These holsters allow you to carry the Taser M26 or Taser M26-C using the quick release patented Tek-Lok System. These holsters feature the convenience offered by a Tek-Lok clip that allows removal of the holster without removing your belt or straps.

Security Camera King also offers right and left hand Taser M26 holsters that fit around your thigh and our secured by an additional strap to your belt. Generally used by most law enforcement agencies, this Taser M26 holster is made of heavy duty nylon as it is designed for heavy use.

Taser M26 holsters not only provide you with a means of safely and properly carrying your M26 or M26-C but they also help you to protect it from loss or accidental misfiring. Both holster types are effective for carrying the tazer and are comfortable and easy to wear.

If you are interested in purchasing a Taser M26 holster or a Taser M26-C tazer and holster combination, check out our selection on our web page under “Security Equipment.” then “Personal Protection,” and “Taser.” If you have any additional questions about the Taser® brand line of tazers and tazer accessories, contact one of our security experts by clicking on “Live Chat” or calling 866-573-8878 Monday through Friday from 9AM to 6PM EST.


Pepper Spray For Defense

Tuesday, November 30th, 2010

Although nothing can say “I love you” like a bouquet of flowers, nothing can say “GET AWAY FROM ME” like pepper spray for defense. This has become a universal tool for self defense around the world and is used by many law enforcement agencies as well as the U.S. Department of Defense.

Using pepper spray for defense can deter, stop, or at least slow down a potential attacker or assailant. It is also used as a riot or crowd control agent and is useful as a self-defense agent to ward off attacks by dogs and bears.

Pepper spray is also referred to as OC gas or OC spray after the effective ingredient Oleoresin Capsicum. Plants in the genus Capsicum produce the chemical compound Oleoresin Capsicum in the fruit (pepper) of the plant. OC is harvested from the pepper by extracting capsicum in a finely ground form. Mixing ethanol with the capsicum extracts capsaicin; once the ethanol evaporates, a waxy resin substance remains which is Oleoresin Capsicum. OC is mixed with liquid emulsifiers to distribute it in a solution of water which can then be sprayed on a potential assailant.

OC pepper spray is sold and marketed as a safe, non-lethal weapon of defense. However, in rare cases it may be responsible for death as documented by the ACLU of Southern California in a 1995 publication.

The use of pepper spray for defense is regulated in some states with each of these states specifying their own requirements. For example, California requires that the container of pepper spray must be less than 2.5 ounces; in Michigan the spray must contain less than 2% OC; and, in New Jersey non-felons 18 years of age an older can possess no more than .75 ounces.

OC pepper spray has become a replacement for, and in some cases an adjunct to tear gas. Two common tear gases are phenacyl chloride usually called CN and 2-chlorobenzalmalononnitrile usually called CS. Pepper spray, like these two tear gases, is known as a lachrymatory compound. A lachrymatory compound causes eye irritation, pain, tearing, and temporary blindness. In addition, pepper spray also has the potential for causing skin irritation in the form of a burning sensation.

Security Camera King carries a full line of pepper sprays for defense and pepper spray accessories. (To see a comprehensive on-line catalog of our pepper sprays and accessories click on “Security Equipment” then “Personal Protection” then “Pepper Spray” on the left hand side of our web site.

We carry a variety of small sizes and types of canisters that together meet the requirements of most all states. We also offer larger canisters of 4, 8, 9, and 16 ounces and include sprays with varying concentrations such as our 10 or 18% OC sprays. In addition, we offer different types of sprays as well, including fog sprays and stream sprays. Our full line of pepper spray for defense accessories includes leatherette holsters in a variety of colors, visor clips, and key chains. We even offer a handbook on the proper use of pepper spray for defense.

A particularly interesting item we have available for sale is our “stunning” ring. This men’s or women’s ring is a pepper sprayer that can deliver a spray with a range of up to 6 inches. The ring can be refilled for repeated used.

We also offer a triple action spray, which provides a one-two-three punch to a would-be attacker. Our Mace brand triple action spray has three ingredients, OC pepper spray, CN tear gas, and a UV dye. The first two ingredients introduce the one-two punch to an assailant by causing eye tearing, temporary blindness, choking, and coughing etc. The third ingredient, an Ultra Violet (UV) dye can only be seen using an ultra violet light. This is used to mark the individual to increase the probability of identification after being apprehended.

So if you are looking to use pepper spray for defense, come to Security Camera King and look no further. If you have any additional questions or would like to purchase one of our items consult with one of our security experts by clicking on the “Live Chat” button at the top of the page or by calling 866-573-8878 Monday through Friday from 9AM to 6 PM EST. Please be sure to check your state’s regulations for possession and use of pepper spray for defense.