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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 Regarding the technology on this subject it also seemed to be out of date, there was no mention of image stabilised lenses that allow you to shoot with a long lens hand held in poor light conditions or triggering the camera with a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