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  • 1. Scouting 101

2. 3.

  • scout(skout) v. scouted ,scouting ,scouts
  • 1.To spy on or explore carefully in order to obtain information
  • 2.To observe and evaluate
  • n. 1. a.One that is dispatched from a main body to gather information, especially in preparation for military action.

4. Agenda

  • Why scout?
  • Type of Scout
  • Pre-scout research
  • Target assessment
  • Scouting Objectives
  • Site layout
  • The Spiral Approach
  • Indirect vs Direct
  • Safety
  • Information Security
  • Field exercise
  • Report back
  • Wrap Up

5. Why?

  • To make sure the Action Concept is realistic
  • To come up with a better Action Concept
  • Check on risks involved
  • Be able to prepare the right materials and equipment needed for the Action

6. 7. Type of scout

  • Foundation scout
    • To acquire basic information for Action
  • Technical scout
    • Specific information for a chosen Action scenario (measurements, access, etc)

8. Pre-scout research

  • Identify list of good sites
  • Local maps
  • Weather
  • Nearby services
      • Internet cafes
      • Food
      • Accommodations
      • Public Washrooms
      • Emergency Services

9. Target Assessment

  • Are they already aware of you
  • Have other groups targeted them before
  • What else might they be worried about
  • What kind of security is likely
  • Access
  • Location
  • Neighbors

10. Targets main concerns

  • Thieves
  • Vandals
  • Parking control
  • Loitering
  • Industrial spies
  • Terrorists
  • Hunters/anglers

11. Likely Security

  • Will they have their own dedicated team
  • Occasional drive by visits from security/police
  • Extra security because for upcoming event
  • Will employees be suspicious

12. 13. Public Access

  • None Industrial facilities
  • Occasional theatres, stadiums, convention centres
  • Always public monuments, bridges, hotels
  • Limited tourist attractions, government buildings, stores

14. Location

  • Remote and far from you
    • Need good cover story for curious locals, motel owners, etc
    • Be totally prepared
  • High traffic area near you
    • Look at it often
    • Vary times of day

15. Neighbors

  • May result in higher security presence (embassies, banks, schools, etc)
  • Can be good resources
    • Rooftops
    • Alibis
    • Knowledge

16. 17. Scouting Objectives

  • General
    • Property access (without damaging anything)
      • Fences, loading bays, other buildings
    • Location
      • orientation, weather
    • Personnel
      • employees, security, etc
    • Cameras
      • How many, locations, who is watching, motion triggered
    • Car and foot traffic
    • Media
      • Do they have access
      • Is THE picture important to your action

18. Scouting Objectives

  • Specific
    • Access for Climbing
      • Stairs, fire escapes, flagpoles, other buildings
    • Routes to blockade
      • Gates, doors, elevators, loading bays, train tracks, etc

19. Site layout

  • Draw a map
    • Where is _____ located?
      • Cameras
      • Fire exits
      • Security
  • Take measurements
    • Know your pace/steps
    • String
    • Your height/arm span

20. The Spiral Approach 21. Indirect Scouting

  • The World Wide Web
    • Google Earth
    • Google maps (street view)
    • News Articles
  • Other groups (that you trust)
  • Library
  • Topo maps (current)
  • The phone maybe not your work phone
  • Employees

22. 23. Direct Scouting

  • In person
  • The Actor in you

24. Materials

  • What to bring
    • Blank Notebook with pencil*
    • CAMERA
    • Measuring device
    • Smart Phone*
  • What to leave at home
    • Pocket knife or anything that could be considered a weapon
    • Illegal drugs
    • Brainstorm Notes

25. 26. Before you go

  • What do you look like
  • Do you fit in
  • Hiding in plain site
  • Secret Agent
  • What are they going to remember about you
  • Props
  • Are you prepared to get caught

27. 28. What do you look like

  • Are they profiling for you
  • Are you remarkable

29. Do you fit in

  • What do the other folks look like
    • Age
    • Sex
    • Race
    • Attire
  • Are you in the right place at the right time
    • Shift change
    • Coffee breaks

30. Hiding in plain site

  • Going where you are not allowed with a plausible explanation
  • Higher risk of being questioned but lower risk of alarming anyone

31. Secret Agent

  • Lower risk of getting caught but they will be alarmed
  • Need an escape route and a buddy
  • Need a plausible explanation of why you are there
    • Still might get in trouble
    • Hide the reason you are actually there

32. Remember me?

  • Man in the red jacket
  • Changing clothes during the scout

33. 34. Props

  • Clip board
  • Hard hats
  • Brief case
  • ID cards
  • Field guides
    • Have at least a beginners knowledge base

35. The CarpenterThe MediaThe Delegate 36. Prepare to get caught

  • The Actor in you
    • Plausible explanation for why you are there
      • Lost
      • Smoker
      • Lovers (need at least two people)
      • Lost dog
  • Dont give up too much
    • Ask your own questions first
    • Answer your cell phone

37. Safety

  • Avoid scouting alone
  • Scout with the safety of the Action in mind
    • Choke points
    • Emergency exits
    • Escape routes
  • REMEMBER: Information isneverworth personal injury
  • Take a first aid kit (most important for remote)
  • Inform someone of your trip and schedule check in times

38. Information Security

  • If storing information on your computer use an encryption program
    • Trucrypt
    • Eraser
  • If you have pri

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