FBI Counter-Surveillance Instructions

The FBI uses its expertise in undercover operations to have surveillance teams track certain people, keeping tabs on everything they do.
Around-the-clock surveillance makes life difficult.Around-the-clock surveillance makes life difficult.
The bureau usually tracks a person when it wants to learn more information about him. Surveillance may uncover illegal activity or lead the FBI to the location of a gang or criminal organization. Sometimes, the FBI surveys and follows innocent people who have not committed any crimes. If you think the FBI is watching you, employ counter-surveillance techniques to throw agents off your trail.

Step 1

Keep your belongings organized a certain way at home. Remember where you put everything. If FBI agents enters your home to plant surveillance equipment, they may move something. Remembering where your belongings normally go may tip you off to FBI surveillance.

Step 2

Check your home or office for bugs, including hidden audio recorders and video cameras. The FBI does not plant bugs in the open or in obvious places. Agents can hide tiny video cameras in holes in the ceiling, smoke detectors, children's toys or a clock. Check your car for tracking devices.

Step 3

Look behind you when you drive. Watch for vehicles that maintain a constant speed and never pass you. If such a vehicle is later replaced by another vehicle, also maintaining a constant speed, the FBI may be following you. Pull over to the side of the road, or stop in a parking lot, to force agents to choose a different surveillance strategy.

Step 4

Watch for professional aggression. The FBI uses this tactic to anger, frustrate and distract you from its surveillance. When using this tactic, agents will cause traffic jams or drive erratically around you. In malls or other public places, several of them may periodically bump into you or block your path to annoy you.

Step 5

Catch potential followers off guard when on foot by crossing the street unexpectedly or entering public buildings. Watch for followers and take note of people who make unusual expressions or try to avoid eye contact.

Step 6

Protect your computer with antivirus and antispyware software. Encrypt your files and back them up in another safe location. If you need to delete a file, use a program designed to wipe it permanently from the computer.

Step 7

Wear a disguise if you think someone is following you. Change your clothing style. Bulkier clothing makes you harder to identify. Change your hair color and style, or wear a wig. Alter your mannerisms, pace and posture.

Tip

  • If a surveillance team knows you are aware of their presence, they will most likely change tactics, so stay alert at all times.

About the Author

Melissa King began writing in 2001. She spent three years writing for her local newspaper, "The Colt," writing editorials, news stories, product reviews and entertainment pieces. She is also the owner and operator of Howbert Freelance Writing. King holds an Associate of Arts in communications from Tarrant County College.