Static Surveillance and Stakeouts
Static surveillance can be equally difficult. It is nearly impossible to watch a residence, business or specific location for long periods of time without attracting attention from neighbors and passersby. The surveillance specialists must be able to minimize their presence in the community to get the job done. That is a skill that can’t readily be taught, only learned through experience. When possible, alternative methods of surveillance can be employed that do not require human presence, such as a parked delivery van equipped with a hidden, notion-detection camera. But if the stakeout is being conducted to locate an individual or complete service of process, then the investigator must remain on scene. In those instances, the switching off of surveillance specialists also becomes necessary to avoid detection.