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Losing Tail (Part – 1)

I was watching a video about stalkers today. You know, as we all do everyday and I remembered I wrote an article about the predator mindset, behavior etc. So I was just contemplating some things about stalkers and how they behave and what goes through their minds, etc. While doing that I would come up with some counter measures to escape a stalker. Actually there are different kinds of stalking and tailing, it could be a PI tailing the target or the target is under surveillance for some reason, or a bounty hunter is sent after the target, etc. etc. It can be on foot or in vehicle/s.

In this article, I’m just gonna write about counter-measures for a “generic” stalker rather than a PI or Bounty Hunter, etc. Why? Because I don’t want to give any ideas to potential criminals to escape, that’s why. I prefer helping the non-criminals understand these things.
So! Firstly, here’s what you need to know how the professional surveillance individuals prep to tail their subjects and some of their methods (not in too much detail of course, just some basics). Now, A guy obsessed with a woman or a woman obsessed with a guy are different kind of stalkers, they usually make their presence known and mostly don‘t care if their victims know about them, in fact some purposely want to be known.

That’s unlike a professional tail who will be a ghost, a gray man, they will never make themselves known, no identifying features on any part of the body, normal clothing, no identifying jewelry (rings, etc), common haircuts, no facial hair or common facial hair, no scars or unique behavior that would stand out, no excessive muscles, average height, etc. Nothing to draw attention to themselves from anyone which includes their targets. They are the most plain and average looking individuals you’ll ever see or not see. They blend in perfectly just about anywhere.

So here’s the thing, since I’ve started this, I’ll make this post a kind of two-in-one article from both perspectives, or more like a two part actually;
– Surveillance (Which is a sophisticated term for stalking)
– Counter-Surveillance (Which is a sophisticated term for identifying and escaping or catching a stalker or becoming a stalker of the stalker and then catching the stalker).

A civilian version of the topic, if you will.

So, in case if anyone asks, Why aren’t you merging the two? Well, that’s simple, it’s because I don’t want to and because I‘m not too lazy to write two different articles. So…yeah, don‘t sue me, I‘m poor 😦

Now bad jokes aside, let’s begin, shall we?

First let’s start with the different method types for surveillance.

There are different types of surveillance, and some of them are as follows;

  • The type where there are teams who are posted in different zones, as the subject moves from zone to zone, the teams get activated and they report the target’s activity in their zones. It’s very hard to detect, even for someone with training.
  • The type where the teams get rotated everyday. The individuals stalking you today, won’t be there tomorrow. Which makes it harder for the target to identify the stalker/s or even know about their existence.
  • The type where they monitor your net, phone, credit/debit card and banking activities a.k.a. Cyber Stalking.
  • The type where they are just vetting the target for kidnapping or something. It includes keeping a tab on the target’s routine of their daily activities, I.e. the time they leave the house, the time they get back, the routes they use, the time they walk the dog, etc. It can be and usually is done from a distance.
  • The type where they keep a very close and constant watch on the target, including planting microphones in the target’s house.

There are a few more, but right now I can only remember these.

However, the two main categories are;

  1. Stationary surveillance (stakeout) where operative/s stay in one place to monitor the target.
  2. Mobile surveillance (tailing or shadowing) where operative/s or teams move with the target/s (foot or vehicle/s).

 

Here’s a mini/condensed list of preparations that are made by surveillance operatives;

  1. Gathering intel about the target.
  2. Getting to know the routine.
  3. Getting to know their target’s contacts, friends and acquaintances.
  4. Noting down the details of the target’s car/bike – plates, make, model, color, etc.
  5. Locating entrances, exits and vantage points to gain further advantage.
  6. Recon – Getting to know the neighborhood structures they’re gonna be operating in.
  7. Knowing the environment and people so they know how to blend in and not raise suspicion.
  8. Plan routes based on the traveling intel of the target (if they’re going for a mobile surveillance).
  9. If they carry a weapon, they make sure that bulges don’t show. That might attract an unwanted third-party attention.
  10. They’re gray men, they do not attract any attention.

 

A mini list of things that are used/done;

  1. Clothes appropriate for where they’re gonna be, to blend in with the environment and with the people in it.
  2. Surveillance equipment (depends on who they’re tailing, the purpose and the kind of surveillance it is).
  3. A reliable car, that’s not too new and attention grabbing or so old and beat up that they earn the suspicions of the individuals in the neighborhood. They fill it up properly so as to not run out of gas while tailing (if conducting mobile surveillance).
  4. They usually will have a cover story ready in case someone questions their intentions for being in the area. They avoid being truthful even if they’re legally doing so, because that may alert their target, effectively wrecking their operation.

 

So you got an idea about how pro surveillance works? Good. Now, an average stalker just about never is that careful or goes through that much trouble to stalk their target. Depends on their reason for stalking though, but still, they’re usually amateurs who can get easily caught and even scared off in many cases. An average stalker is light years behind a pro, so they’re usually easily identified.

 

Notice:

  • Surveillance is illegal, at least for civilians. So unless and until it’s your job and are licensed and paid to do so, officially, don’t do it. Remember the definition I wrote above? Yeah. It’s stalking. Regardless of the ‘term’ used.
  • There’s much more to surveillance than I mentioned above, but I don’t wanna include a lot of it here, because as I wrote earlier, I don’t wanna give any ideas to the wrong kind of people. Internet has already a lot of dangerous stuff to offer, I don’t think I’d like to contribute to that. I just wrote these things, to show you things from the perspective from a ‘pro stalker‘. An “advanced” stalker. Think of it this way, if you can identify a professional, you will be able to identify an amateur, an obvious stalker with relative ease. Which would give you an upper hand and more options to deal with them. So, win-win. Make sense? Good.

 

Anyway, if this doesn’t interest you, then you can directly move on to Part – 2.

Effects of Adrenal Stress on a human body

When a situation occurs that causes panic and shock, the human body experiences a state of being called the ‘Adrenal Stress Response’. During that time, our body undergoes drastic changes to help us warn and adapt to the situation so we can act/react accordingly to it, in order to survive.

 

There are a lot of things going on during that time, they happen simultaneously on a cellular basis. The sympathetic nervous system stimulates the fight or flight response. It is definitely a long and complicated list. Down below I’m writing down a shorter version of that list;

 

Here are some of the effects on a human body that is under adrenal stress;

  • Blurry vision
  • Tunnel vision
  • Distorted Hearing
  • Shaky hands
  • Profuse Sweating
  • Rapid heart beat
  • Heavy breathing
  • Pit in the Stomach (due to metabolism slowing down during fight or flight response)
  • Numbness in the extremities
  • Lack of/Minimal use of coordination and fine motor movements
  • Fear and panic causes impulse and instinct based thinking from the reptilian brain – basal ganglia, rather than emotion-based from the paleomammalian – limbic brain or logic-based from the neomammalian brain – neocortex.
  • Weak/Trembling knees
  • Physical Temperature drop (due to blood draining from unnecessary parts of the body to provide extra blood/oxygen supply for actions during fight or flight response)
  • Time distortion
  • Extreme psychological stress due to the release of 4 major stress hormones; Epinephrine, Norepinephrine, Cortisol and Cortisone.
  • Many have also been known to void their bladders and/or bowels during highly stressful situations.
  • Many lose sense of direction. That’s why many who go through extremely stressful situations, can’t remember their names or tell left from right, if asked in the moment.

 

There are also certain after-effects of such situations. Some of these are temporary but some of them last quite a long time, this depends on factors such as the psychological resilience of the individual and/or the level of threat of the situation they’re in.

 

The effects are as follows;

  • Paranoia and Continued Fear
  • Trembling limbs
  • Chronic Psychological trauma
  • Fever
  • Reclusive behavior
  • Loss of confidence
  • Loss of or distorted short-term memory, especially the exact details of the situation.

 

These are just some of the changes and effects that a human body undergoes during and after a traumatic event. The event that causes stress, doesn’t necessarily have to be violence-related, it can be any situation that would cause enough trauma via psychological or physical means, resulting in the body’s reaction to it.

 

An example of this would be someone who has been in a car accident or someone who’s had a strong, aggressive verbal argument with someone  or an individual who’s just been on a roller-coaster for the first-time (this is a very low level of stress caused by the hormone; Adrenaline).

 

The effects mostly wear off after 30-60 minutes due to the parasympathetic nervous system activating  back again and “reversing” – (it’s technically not reversing, but just restoring the body to it’s natural resting state) – the effects of the sympathetic nervous system’s actions during the fight or flight response.

The effects of stress vary for different individuals in different situations, the effects are also based on the levels of stress caused to the individual. For example, someone who has been on a roller-coaster won’t be traumatized for life, unless they have acrophobia of course. But someone who has just been rescued from a blazing building will experience some sort of trauma and might even develop a phobia of fire (pyrophobia) if they don’t seek help after the event.

These effects can be reduced, but not erased, they’re a part of us, no matter how much you train or experience them on a daily basis, they will kick in when you’re in a stressful situation. It’s evolutionary biology. But as I said, training and/or experiencing them regularly can help reduce those effects so as to not let them overwhelm you when you least expect them to.

 

You cannot control that state of mind and body, but you sure can train and condition yourself to function competently with moderate effectiveness under those conditions to ensure your survival, possibly others survival as well, and save yourself from a long lasting psychological trauma.

 

This topic is actually a very vast subject of study, but I tried my best to compress as much as I could in one article to provide as much information as possible. Hope you liked reading it and find it useful. Thanks for reading.