Motorcycle Surveillance

Motorcycle Surveillance

What is involved in being a motorcycle surveillance operative?
A motorcycle surveillance operative is often called in as a last resort, sometimes when a the target has been lost or the team have lost sight of the target. However, that said, motorcycle surveillance operatives are excellent at conducting covert surveillance, allowing the operative to maintain an uncompromising distance from the target but have the ability to Image

maneuver freely between traffic and accelerate quicker and less conspicuously than a car or van.

One of the most enjoyable aspects of being a covert motorcycle surveillance operative is being outside on a motorbike most of the day, the downside is that it is very stressful. Motorcycles are, at the best of times, far more vulnerable on the road than most other vehicles. Not only does a motorcycle surveillance operative have to do battle with all other road users he/she also has to maintain covert, visual on the target, maintain communications (comms) read the road for possible advantages and deal with the elements. The weather can be a pain in the bum, when it’s hot it’s unbearable, sticky, sweaty, dehydrating and often relentless. When it’s cold (winter) it’s freezing, uncomfortable, slippery, and visibility is reduced due to shorter days.

For some surveillance is boring, often you can be sat up for hours, as many as 12 hours or more without so much as a single movement, other times you could be on a follow from London to Glasgow, in the pouring rain, it’s 5 degrees C outside and it’g getting dark! To add pain to your misery, you haven’t been able to have a drink or eat for the last 6 hours.

Motorcycle Surveillance isn’t for the faint hearted


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Private Investigator Bournemouth testimonial

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The Leveson Report long awaited and much debated “Leveson Report” was released yesterday. With over 2,000 pages it makes for an exhaustive read.

However, David Cameron has rejected the central proposal of the Leveson inquiry, for a statutory body to oversee the new independent press regulator, warning that legislation could ultimately infringe on free speech and a free press.

Briefly, the report covered:

  • New self-regulation body recommended
  • Independent of serving editors, government and business
  • No widespread corruption of police by the press found
  • Politicians and press have been too close
  • Press behaviour, at times, has been ‘outrageous’


An independent regulatory body for the press should be established.

It should take an active role in promoting high standards, including having the power to investigate serious breaches and sanction newspapers.

The new body should be backed by legislation designed to assess whether it is doing its job properly.

The legislation would enshrine, for the first time, a legal duty on the government to protect the freedom of the press.

An arbitration system should be created through which people who say they have been victims of the press can seek redress without having to go through the courts.

Newspapers that refuse to join the new body could face direct regulation by media watchdog Ofcom.

The body should be independent of current journalists, the government and commercial concerns, and not include any serving editors, government members or MPs.

The body should consider encouraging the press to be as transparent as possible in relation to sources for its stories, if the information is in the public domain.

A whistle-blowing hotline should be established for journalists who feel under pressure to do unethical things.


No evidence of widespread police corruption.

Former Met Police Assistant Commissioner John Yates’s relationship with media publisher News International, where he had friends working at the News of the World, including the deputy editor, was criticised.


Politicians of all parties had developed “too close a relationship with the press in a way which has not been in the public interest”.

The relationship between politicians and press over the last three decades has damaged the perception of public affairs.


When chasing stories, journalists have caused “real hardship and, on occasion, wreaked havoc with the lives of innocent people”. This happened to both famous people and members of the public. Press behaviour, at times, “can only be described as outrageous”.

At the News of the World, quite apart from phone hacking, there was a failure of systems of management and compliance. There was a general lack of respect for individual privacy and dignity at the paper.

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Licensing of Private Investigators UK

PRESS RELEASE – July 06, 2012

Regulation of Private

The Association of British Investigators welcomes the recommendations set out in The Parliamentary Home Affairs Select Committee report published today.

The Report makes a number of recommendations to Parliament, which includes:

1. The term “Private Investigator” be protected for use by those regulated.

2. An introduction of a two-tier system of licensing of private investigators and private investigation companies and registration of others undertaking investigative work.

3. The government is to consider granting privileged access to certain data for licensed investigators.

4. There should be a training regime for investigators based on the knowledge of the legal constraints that govern the industry.

5. The Committee feels that there should be a 12-month cooling off period before a retiring police officer can obtain a licence.

The Committee’s recommendation follows the ABI’s vision for statutory licensing but falls considerably short of its existing self-regulation regime, which it feels is essential if privileged access to data is to succeed.

How to prevent someone stalking you

Being stalked by someone can sometimes become a harrowing experience, which, can lead to a number of psychological issues if it is not dealt with correctly.

Despite common belief, there are almost as many men stalked than there are women. There are of course a considerable number of reasons as to why a person is being stalked, sometimes, there is no malicious or vindictive motives involved, it could be obsession, as is often the case with celebrities or people who receive media attention. Stalkers are often considered “loners”, individuals who have an unseen desire to know what their victim is doing as often as they can, the stalker will have an obsession to know everything about their victims life, from simple things, such as, what they eat, where they shop, what there hobbies and interests are.
Fortunately, the majority of stalkers can be harmless, they simply want to become a part of your life but realise they wouldn’t be accepted so therefore take radical measures to ensure they know everything the victim is doing, wearing, watching, eating and so on.
However, as a victim of being stalked, it can often be frightening, annoying or pose as a threat. None of us want someone knowing everything about us, where we live, who are friends and family are or details about our personal life without knowing anything about them. Paparazzi are often misinterpreted as stalkers due to their insatiable desire to capture an image that will sell to the highest bidder, always on the look out for that “money shot” of a celebrity dressed in nothing but jeans and t-shirt on their way to the shop to get some milk! Sad as it is, it is the society we live in. People, in particular, fans of celebrities and pop artists, love gossip and news about their idols and anything that discredits them is also great news for Joe Public.

There are several things you can do to prevent or limit being stalked.

Do everything you can to avoid all contact with your stalker
Inform those close to you (family, friends, co-workers) about what is going on
Obtain a restraining order (Contact a solicitor)
Make sure you have quick access to critical telephone numbers and transportation
Arrange a safe alternative place to go if needed
Keep your doors locked at all times (house and vehicle)
Park your vehicle in well-lit areas, and do not go out to the parking lot alone
Change your routine (such as travelling a different route to work each day) in order to avoid any activities that may be predictable to your stalker
Report all incidents of stalking to your local police
As the police require evidence in order to charge an offender with stalking, be diligent in keeping all physical evidence you have received (such as letters, gifts, voice mails, and emails), and keep a written log of the intangibles (such as dates, times, and locations where you saw your stalker following or watching you, and the names/numbers of other witnesses)

The most important thing you can do to help yourself, or your loved ones, in stalking situations is to be informed, and make sure that those around you are also informed. You do not have control over a stalker’s behaviour, and it is nearly impossible to predict who may become a target of stalking. But if you know the symptoms to watch for, and are aware of the law, then your chances of resolving the issue early on will be that much greater.

There are three main types of stalkers: Erotomaniacs, Love Obsessional Stalkers, and Simple Obsessional Stalkers (also known as Ex Intimate Partner Stalkers). What they have in common is an unhealthy fixation on their targeted victims. What separates them is their motivation in pursuing those victims.

Some commonalities to watch for in stalkers are as follows:

They often abuse alcohol and/or drugs
They generally have a low self-esteem coupled with an obsessive personality
They have had few personal relationships
They have a desire for power and control over their victims
They will most likely deny that they have a problem, or that they are doing anything wrong, and will try to minimize the reactions their victims have to their behavior
They will rationalize their behavior by blaming their victims, or anyone else who tries to intervene
They will often reject arguments by their victims, or others, to cease their stalking behaviors and seek psychological help from a medical professional

Stalking Is Illegal:

Subsection 264 of the Criminal Code states:

(1) No person shall, without lawful authority, and knowing that another person is harassed or recklessly as to whether the other person is harassed, engage in the conduct referred to in subsection (2) that causes that other person reasonably, in all the circumstances, to fear for their safety or the safety of anyone known to them.

(2) The conduct mentioned in subsection (1) consists of (a) repeatedly following from place to place the other person or anyone known to them; (b) repeatedly communicating with, either directly or indirectly, the other person or anyone known to them; (c) besetting or watching the dwelling-house, or place where the other person, or anyone known to them resides, works, carries on business, or happens to be; or (d) engaging in threatening conduct directed at the other person or any member of their family.

In plain English, below are some examples that better describe the Stalking/Criminal Harassment behaviors referred to in subsection 264 of the Criminal Code:

repeated, unwanted contact by telephone calls/hang-ups, letters, cards, faxes
repeated, unwanted contact over the Internet in chat rooms, newsgroups, or through email (also known as “cyber stalking”)
sending unwanted gifts of any kind (pleasant gifts such as flowers, candy, toys, books, jewelry, pictures, et cetera; or, strange gifts such as bullet casings, lockets of hair, bloody clothing, et cetera)
showing up uninvited wherever you happen to be
stealing/opening your personal mail to find out more about you
ordering/canceling goods or services on your behalf
following you, watching you, maintaining surveillance on you
threatening to harm you, your family, friends or pets
harassing your family, friends, colleagues, or your employer
convincing his/her friends to spy on you, or harass you (sometimes referred to as “stalking by proxy”)
filing multiple frivolous court claims against you in order to harass or simply keep in touch with you
vandalizing your property
breaking into your home/office
kidnapping you, holding you hostage
assaulting you

If convicted of this offense, men/women can face up to five years in prison. However, in order for their conduct to be considered Stalking/Criminal Harassment in a court of law, it must first meet the following five key elements:

The offender engaged in the conduct described in subsection 264(2):

One overtly threatening attack can justify a charge of Criminal Harassment, such as verbally or physically threatening another person’s physical safety or life. However, statistics have shown that stalking behavior need not be overtly threatening in order to be potentially dangerous later on; therefore, repeated contact that poses an implicit threat to the victim is also grounds for a charge by police. When using the word “repeated,” this means that the offender carried out any of the above-mentioned behaviors more than once or twice.

The offender did not have lawful authority to engage in the prohibited conduct:

Sorry – but you can’t charge creditors with stalking, even if you fear their repeated phone calls! Unfortunately, they have lawful authority to collect on any debt if your payments are in arrears.

On a more serious note: unlike the creditor, a past union or marriage between the offender and his/her victim does not constitute lawful authority. This means that an estranged husband/wife, boyfriend/girlfriend, brother/sister, et cetera, does not have the right to continually contact you if you have asked to be left alone. Everyone has the right to end a consensual relationship if and when they choose to end it; so, if your ex won’t leave you alone and this frightens you, you have the right to protection under this law.

The offender knew that the victim was harassed, or was reckless/willfully blind as to whether the victim was harassed:

A lack of intent to harass or cause fear is not a defense. The issue is the effect the stalking had on the victim.

When prosecuting Stalking/Criminal Harassment cases, the Crown does not have to prove that the offender knew the victim feared for his/her safety, or that the offender was warned the behavior in question was a criminal offense. The victim does not even have to be forceful in rebuffing the defendant’s attention. In other words, it is expected that the offender should have known that repeatedly bothering his/her victim would, reasonably, have the affect of making him/her feel harassed.

To be safe, victims of stalking should contact the police early on, file a formal complaint with them, and request that an officer contact the offender with a warning. If this does not put a stop to the offender’s behavior altogether, it will at least tell the stalker that his/her victim has a protective barrier in place, and it will also help the Crown Prosecutor’s case in convicting the offender later on.

The conduct causes the victim to fear for his/her safety or the safety of someone known to them:

Fear for safety is not restricted to a victim’s fear for his/her life or physical safety. If a victim fears for his/her mental, psychological, and/or emotional safety, this is enough to warrant a charge of Stalking/Criminal Harassment.

The victim’s fear must be reasonable in all the circumstances:

Determining reasonableness of fear requires that a subjective test be done to learn the effects the offender’s harassment had on the victim: What is the entire history between the victim and the accused? What was the sequence of events that led up to the victim’s present state of distress? Has the victim provided physical evidence and/or a detailed log of these events? Does the victim appear to be a credible witness who is telling the truth, or someone who is lying to police in order to avenge the accused?

In cases where there is one or more overtly threatening assault on the victim, reasonableness of fear can be more easily determined; however, history tells us that escalation of any of the above behavioral patterns is cause for concern. The very fact that the accused engaged in the repeated, unwanted pursuit of his/her victim is a strong indicator that something is very wrong. Another sign is the victim’s current state of health in comparison to where they started.

The Health Effects of Stalking on Victims:

In the beginning of this article, we discussed some of the universal emotions victims of stalking report feeling. The sad truth is that the potential health consequences don’t stop there – not by a long shot. Not only can this type of harassment affect an individual’s mental and emotional wellbeing, but many also experience serious physiological reactions as indicated below:

Potential Effects of Stalking on a Victim’s Mental and Emotional Health:

Denial and self-doubt Self-blame

Insecurity Shame and embarrassment

Frustration Low self-esteem

Self-consciousness Shock and confusion

Irritability Anxiety

Fear Guilt

Anger Depression

Emotional numbness Isolation/disconnection from other people

Being easily startled A loss of interest in once enjoyable activities

Feeling suicidal A loss of trust in others and in one’s own perception

Potential Effects of Stalking on a Victim’s Physiological Health:

Sleep disturbances Nightmares/flashbacks

Problems with intimacy/sex Low concentration levels

Lethargy Phobias and panic attacks

Digestive problems Fluctuations in weight

Dermatological breakouts Headaches

Dizziness Shortness of breath

Self-medication with alcohol/drugs Heart palpitations and sweating

After suffering from prolonged stalking, or one severe/threatening incident of Criminal Harassment, a victim’s symptoms may even be triggered by other people, objects, or situations that remind them – either consciously or unconsciously – of the trauma they experienced. This is a sign that they may be suffering from Acute/Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, and that they require immediate medical care through psychotherapy, medications, or a combination of the two.

As we are about to learn, when discussing the typologies of stalkers, another real “health concern” for victims of stalking is the possibility of sexual/physical assault or murder. This threat is very real. It should never be taken lightly and escalates the importance of reporting any stalking incidents to police right away.

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