In another life
Maybe more likely in towns - someone on foot, trailing but seeming to follow. Perhaps too we can include being followed by a vehicle.
[tm] well some still "think" I do that work. Okay for a favor I actually did that "work" recently.
We did not have cell-phones. I might add at times I did have the assistance of LEOs, some Undercover. I have this "problem" with Radio communications and it has to do with a Rouge LEO deciding he preferred the easy money and cocaine better than being a UC LEO.
Just happens what I was doing, afforded very portable mediums of exchange and just a perfect thing to use to barter for Cocaine.
It is said it is very hard to outrun a radio. It really sucks to have a Rouge UC with said Radio and ability to hear just what all the "measures" were for me . I mean a "Good" UC is riding shotgun and with road construction is telling what route changes...Rouge and his new friends just listening in...
So I am a bit jaded and have some NOT ...err...popular views on this "paranoid" versus "being aware" bit. Might have something do with the driver's side back glass exploding from gunfire...I will believe this for my sake.
I was taught some things considered "old school" just how things have always been done. Nothing wrong with new stuff, and applying new technologies, then again no need to re-invent the wheel either.
I have assisted with new folks and still share with some in a different capacity some matters.
Don't be predictable, don't always use the same route, dont' share everything you know, do , go , friends...
Punctual will get you hurt, so for instance LIE about what time you are going to do something...like making a bank deposit at night, or pre-arranged if you say a time, it means 2hrs earlier, or later.
If uncomfortable, pull into Fire Station and hit the horn. For some reason this attracts more attention than doing this at a LEO station.
On the street,/ on foot use mirrors from store fronts, security mirrors in stores, glass fronts of Frozen food aisle, ice cream boxes, ...hey the criminals learn these things in Cell College.
Do not always use the same bank for deposits during the day...now come on, how many of you just walk around the corner at the same time each day and meet up with other shop owners to shoot the bull?
BGs know this, they just sit in their cars and watch, make notes , get a feel for whom has the best bag to snag...
Better to send someone else to run errands - say stick a printer ctg in a fast food sack...with the bank bag and folks just think the person is out getting a new ctg.
Currently the BGs have begun doing something again that is NOT new, kinda like the new generation discovered the Rolling Stones.
Sit in a parking lot and watch the folks leaving handicapped parking slots. Grocery Stores, Drug stores, Banks...
Follow them home. Some even go to Thrift shops and get brown clothes or whatever to represent delivery persons, utility persons, whatever. Elderly just open the door, I mean they do have a "logo'd" outfit, clipboard, even a name badge dealie...
Hence one reason my mom has a hang tag for handicapped parking and not plate. Just too darn easy to say "hey, handicapped person, lets follow them?"
Thinking outside the box is NOT insane.
Insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different outcome.
For fun sit in diner and listen. You will hear where the extra key to house is hidden in back yard, whom is having an affair and with whom, the spare key to vehicle in a magnetic key box is under the fender, "1, 7, 2, 9" is the sequence of #'s to open their vehicle door, alarm code is <such and such>, on Thurs they do not turn on alarm because cleaning lady will be there at 9AM,and that is the morning they have to be somewhere...
And the persons sitting next to them are BGs. Nice couple, just listenting and making notes, making notes of jewelry...and pick whom and when they will visit.
9AM Thurs sounds good, Cute couple must have written down the wrong address of Grandma..."can we come in and use your phone book?" they ask the cleaning lady...
Wonder how they stole the Jeep out back, ...up under the fender remember?
CCW is great. Just sometimes one is best to use other tools in the toolbox...