There are a variety of methods used for vehicle tracking, encompassing high tech and low tech modalities. Private investigators are experts in tracking vehicles in the field, since this facet of surveillance is crucial to watch a target on the move. Understanding and mastering basic vehicular tracking is an inherent skill for virtually all private investigation specialties.
This report instructs professional detectives in methods of tracking cars, boats and even planes, using a variety of effective tactical approaches.
Low Tech Vehicle Tracking
Many investigators must learn to use covert surveillance techniques when following their subject in a vehicle. Trailing the subject in a single vehicle can be a real challenge, since every road environment will offer unique problems. Busy roads, and urban environments with many traffic signals, provide ample opportunities to lose the target, while deserted or country roads create suspicions when the subject is followed by the same vehicle for too long.
Using multiple vehicle trailing methods is far easier and more flexible. There is less chance of losing the mark, or being caught, but the operation will obviously be more costly, since it requires multiple investigators.
High Tech Vehicle Surveillance
GPS technology offers excellent and reliable vehicle location monitoring virtually anywhere in the world. Small devices can be placed in, or on, a car or truck, showing its position on a map or relative to a dedicated receiver. Use of automobile security systems, such as Low Jack or Onstar can also be hacked for GPS location. Finally, if the subject is carrying a mobile phone, that device can be set up to act as a portable GPS tracking system, regardless of whether the subject is in a vehicle or not.
Remember that using some of these methods and devices may be strictly monitored, regulated or forbidden by the laws in your area. Never break the law when performing a tracking or surveillance assignment, since this will invalidate any evidence that is discovered and may even result in criminal prosecution.
Successfully Tracking a Vehicle
The tracking of a vehicle is best left to a professional. Trying to follow someone on your own is a recipe for disaster. There is too much room for accidents or discovery, making the whole amateur operation a dismal failure. If you need to track a vehicle or person, hire a private investigator who will use a combination of methods to pursue their subject relentlessly.
I have been actively involved in low tech vehicle tracking for many years and consider myself an expert in following, without being seen. My personal advice for private detectives out there who are looking for pointers, is to use multiple vehicles whenever possible. If this is not an option, make sure to have a low profile car, which will not stand out in a crowd, but still has the performance capabilities to follow anything in the worst of situations without stress. Strong tactical driving skills are always an asset to any investigator.
To learn more about tracking a vehicle or person, consult with a private eye near you.