The World of surveillance demands preparedness at all times. The kind of planning required depends on the assignment. The right kinds of tools are essential for an investigator to be able to secure the evidence to get convictions and to make precise activity reports. When beginning a new job, one needs to carry a multitude of equipment. However, there are a few essential items which are a must have for every investigator: 1.) The car is one most essential pieces of equipment itself. The usual choice in this is a mini-van. However the greatest vehicle is one that allows an easy blend into the environment for the particular area of the assignment. 2.) A G.P.S. (Global Positioning Satellite) device affords a great advantage by route mapping prior to surveillance. One just has to type in the address and proceed. However, it is suggested to Google earth an area during initial sleuthing. It allows beforehand knowledge of streets while pursuing a subject. This affords an advantage of anticipating intersections and dead ends when in unknown areas. It also allows easy location of canvassing points such as restaurants and stores. 3.) Binoculars enable the investigator secure accurate information. Thus, the ability to see far proves crucial. Compact versions are preferred to bulky pairs. One should not be sparing when buying these as they are put into more use than electronics. It is wise to have a back up in this always. The thing to consider while purchasing is the power and size required.
4.) Inverter (DC to AC) or compressor or battery jump starter proves more valuable than perception. Many investigators have found that vehicles in this business tend to malfunction at the most inopportune moments. This piece of equipment will help jump start the car such that one can at least take it to the nearest auto parts store. They also allow you to fill up flat tires and the inverter serves as a backup for the cigarette lighter (camera charging emergency). 5.) A can of fix a flat helps clog leaks in tires during emergencies. 6.) Cameras and other digital recording devices are essential for gathering crucial information. Digital voice recorders, camera lenses (interchangeable) for long shots, multiple memory cards as well as extra batteries are very important for securing good quality information for the client. Monopods help ensure stable audio video documentation, especially in insurance related cases. A backup camera as well as a number of covert cameras proves essential in obtaining critical visual information. Tripod, notebooks, pens, mobile charger, first aid bag, toilet paper, some small cash, additional food and water are some important essentials as well. However, a tool set, flashlight, window shades and pee bottles are some of the other important resources which one can have handy.