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on 23 December 2004
Advanced Surveillance By Peter Jenkins
This book contains all the information that a Private Investigator needs to plan and run a surveillance operation. I don't think however that it would be a suitable manual for Police or Military, but I don't believe that is the intended readership either. Peter Jenkins has produced a really good book covering just about everything that you need to know covering planning, covert methods, observation skills, mobile surveillance communications, foot surveillance, evidence and law, static surveillance, still and video photography, rural observation posts, specialist equipment, anti and counter surveillance, and electronic surveillance.
All subjects are covered in enough depth to get even rank beginner off to a good start and experts a like, a good grounding on the subject. It is also a valuable reference for those that need to be surveillance aware, such as high level security dealing with industrial espionage to close protection teams.
My only gripe was that the photographic section was somewhat poor, as it failed to state some obvious points, like the purpose of still photography is to get good identification shots of a subject (That's why the police use still and video together), that digital images may not be allowed in court or considered contentious as they can be manipulated. Regarding the technology on this subject it also seemed to be out of date, there was no mention of image stabilised lenses that allow you to shoot with a long lens hand held in poor light conditions or triggering the camera with a laptop and wireless connection. Many manufacturers are covering just these topics for military and police applications as well as GPS data embedded into the image and encrypted images to the memory cards all of which is necessary on high risk cases or proof is needed as evidence in court.
That said it's a good manual for such a specialised subject that can cover a huge amount of topics and situations. It would have been nice to have seen a few more training exercises in it, but these could be worked out and after all, it's a thick book to start with.
I would certainly look forward to other books by Peter Jenkins and despite my gripe it would have to have a rating of 9 1/2 out of 10 and would recommend it highly to all that have a need for this subject.
After all I don't normaly write reviews, but it is such a good book that I had to
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VINE VOICEon 26 August 2005
Despite the title,you don't need to have any previous knowledge of the subject. It's also for complete beginners. After teaching the basic principles which you apply to every situation,the book has chapters on communications between surveillance operatives,planning and preparation (brilliant chapter ,not seen in most books)specialist equipment and a chapter on the often overlooked subject of the law in the UK pertaining to putting people under surveillance(its not as simple as the scenarios on tv). Over 120 pages in 3 chapters on the main subjects of static,mobile and foot surveillance.plenty of photographs and clear line diagrams to explain the tactics simply to the reader. A chapter on anti surveillance and ones on Technical surveillance(room aas well as telephone monitoring as well as monitoring computers,although this is only a taster on the subject,mainly using the keylogger and various software) and photographic surveillance(basics for people who know nothing about the subject and digital and video cameras.Brilliant chapter which highlights some problems of surveillance photography)
DEFINITELY RECOMMENDED
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on 28 December 2016
Despite the authors credentials this work contains some grave errors and bad advice.Even as a general reader it did not take long to spot some basic misinformation and as some will take Jenkins word as gospel I find this rather concerning.For example.he states that a persons details are clearly visible at 200 metres.I doubt it even in bright light and any evidence based on that distance will be thrown out in court-the legal yardstick used by Police being 15 not 200 metres.Again,to turn 180 degrees in a car will not return you to your previous direction and is not a U turn as stated.That requires 360 dgrees.Jenkins suggests that if suspected of being followed when driving to 'pretend to break down' on the Motorway.This is foolhardy,dangerous and may lead to prosecution.Alternatively he suggests driving into a cul-de-sac.This is bad advice as you will by doing so have cornered yourself and closed your escape route.
Some of the electronic devices and camara sections are now outdated which means the book is a basic guide only.By the way Peter,litter inside a car is not a legitimate sign the owner is watching you.If it was there are lots of people spying from their cars!
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on 29 December 2016
From the title I had expected more than a basic overview.Some of the info is old but the big problem is bad advice such as suggesting going into private areas when being followed to gain the safety of CCTV and taking odd driving actions.The distance ranges for ID purposes are way off! Overall common sense and a street wise approach will serve you better.
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on 11 July 2012
This book was requested as a birthday gift - my son was very pleased with it. Would recommend it to others.
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on 24 January 2007
This is a first class reference book on this fascinating subject and a great accompaniment to the author's practical surveillance courses. The author has extensive knowledge, experience and an excellent pedigree in covert investigative measures. A highly recommended publication.
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on 29 February 2016
Partially read it so far but, what I have read is very good
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on 21 March 2015
I could tell you, but then I'd have to kill you.
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on 21 May 2012
Great read
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on 6 February 2012
Great book clear read outlines all that is concerned in the world of survailance and espionage. Highly recommend it to anyone interested in this field or industry.
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