Tip for a Cheap Time Lapse Camera Substitute

In a previous entry, I told you how the film crew would sometimes “oooh and aahhh” over certain surveillance techniques I would teach. Here’s one smaller example…

If you don’t have, can’t afford or simply don’t want to risk losing an expensive time-lapse camera on a surveillance gig then try this…

Put an old analog watch (you know – the type with hands – not the digital readout type) under the rear tire of your subject’s car when it’s parked. Then leave the area. Go home. Grab lunch. Whatever.

When your subject backs out of the driveway, the car will crush the watch stopping it at the exact time he pulled out.

Simply go back, retrieve the watch and now you know the exact time your subject left for work or whatever!

This can save you hours of waiting around to learn when your subject leaves so you can go back and conduct your surveillance when he’s most likely to be on the move.

This saves you time and your client money.

For more (and better) tips and tricks that I will NEVER share on the internet, be sure to get a copy of The Investigator’s Ultimate Guide to Surveillance coming out in July 2013.

If you just can’t wait to learn the skills every REAL Private Investigator, bounty hunter and repo agent knows, then check out The Investigator’s Ultimate Guide to Missing Persons and Fugitives at BeaPI.com

Happy hunting!

An Interesting Thing.

While we were filming, I noticed an interesting thing…

The film crew are experts at what they do, but none of them knew the first thing about being a private detective, skiptracing or surveillance.

That means every time I would teach a surveillance trick, they would all go, “Whoa. That’s pretty cool”!

After all the years I’ve been doing this, I guess it’s just kinda’ easy to forget how cool this really is to outsiders.

But this is great news for you because it tells me that in the editing process these guys are going to make sure not a single nugget of gold is cut-out or lost.

I’ll keep you up-to-date on how it’s going and let you know when the final project is ready for sale.

Until then, I’ll start posting some of the tricks right here on this blog so BOOKMARK this site and check back soon.

P.S. – Feel free to post a reply asking any question you’d like to see addressed in the new Investigator’s Ultimate Guide to Surveillance DVD training set.

I might even be able to answer some of your questions right here!

First day of shooting complete.


I thought compiling all the tips, tricks and surveillance techniques for this DVD training was rough, but today we finished the first day of shooting and wow!

At one point as we were coming out of an ally, two street people took it upon themselves to chase down a school bus and yell at the kids for throwing stuff out the windows.

Of course, in this neighborhood the kids yelled back like sailors!

I think the film crew was a little shaken, but they handled it like champs when the street people finished with the kids and came our way.

You know how it is.  Just project confidence and never let ’em see you sweat.  There was never any real danger (at least not at that point), but it was all new to the crew.

Check back soon.  I’ll try to post a taste of what we’re working on for you.

Talk with you soon.