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<ul><li> 1. Scouting 101</li></ul> <p> 2. 3. </p> <ul><li>scout(skout) v. scouted ,scouting ,scouts </li></ul> <ul><li>1.To spy on or explore carefully in order to obtain information </li></ul> <ul><li>2.To observe and evaluate </li></ul> <ul><li>n. 1. a.One that is dispatched from a main body to gather information, especially in preparation for military action. </li></ul> <p> 4. Agenda </p> <ul><li>Why scout? </li></ul> <ul><li>Type of Scout </li></ul> <ul><li>Pre-scout research </li></ul> <ul><li>Target assessment </li></ul> <ul><li>Scouting Objectives </li></ul> <ul><li>Site layout </li></ul> <ul><li>The Spiral Approach </li></ul> <ul><li>Indirect vs Direct </li></ul> <ul><li>Safety </li></ul> <ul><li>Information Security </li></ul> <ul><li>Field exercise </li></ul> <ul><li>Report back </li></ul> <ul><li>Wrap Up </li></ul> <p> 5. Why? </p> <ul><li>To make sure the Action Concept is realistic </li></ul> <ul><li>To come up with a better Action Concept </li></ul> <ul><li>Check on risks involved </li></ul> <ul><li>Be able to prepare the right materials and equipment needed for the Action </li></ul> <p> 6. 7. Type of scout </p> <ul><li>Foundation scout </li></ul> <ul><li><ul><li>To acquire basic information for Action </li></ul></li></ul> <ul><li>Technical scout </li></ul> <ul><li><ul><li>Specific information for a chosen Action scenario (measurements, access, etc) </li></ul></li></ul> <p> 8. Pre-scout research </p> <ul><li>Identify list of good sites </li></ul> <ul><li>Local maps </li></ul> <ul><li>Weather </li></ul> <ul><li>Nearby services </li></ul> <ul><li><ul><li><ul><li>Internet cafes </li></ul></li></ul></li></ul> <ul><li><ul><li><ul><li>Food </li></ul></li></ul></li></ul> <ul><li><ul><li><ul><li>Accommodations </li></ul></li></ul></li></ul> <ul><li><ul><li><ul><li>Public Washrooms </li></ul></li></ul></li></ul> <ul><li><ul><li><ul><li>Emergency Services </li></ul></li></ul></li></ul> <p> 9. Target Assessment </p> <ul><li>Are they already aware of you </li></ul> <ul><li>Have other groups targeted them before </li></ul> <ul><li>What else might they be worried about </li></ul> <ul><li>What kind of security is likely </li></ul> <ul><li>Access </li></ul> <ul><li>Location </li></ul> <ul><li>Neighbors </li></ul> <p> 10. Targets main concerns </p> <ul><li>Thieves </li></ul> <ul><li>Vandals </li></ul> <ul><li>Parking control </li></ul> <ul><li>Loitering </li></ul> <ul><li>Industrial spies </li></ul> <ul><li>Terrorists </li></ul> <ul><li>Hunters/anglers </li></ul> <p> 11. Likely Security </p> <ul><li>Will they have their own dedicated team </li></ul> <ul><li>Occasional drive by visits from security/police </li></ul> <ul><li>Extra security because for upcoming event </li></ul> <ul><li>Will employees be suspicious </li></ul> <p> 12. 13. Public Access </p> <ul><li>None Industrial facilities </li></ul> <ul><li>Occasional theatres, stadiums, convention centres </li></ul> <ul><li>Always public monuments, bridges, hotels </li></ul> <ul><li>Limited tourist attractions, government buildings, stores </li></ul> <p> 14. Location </p> <ul><li>Remote and far from you </li></ul> <ul><li><ul><li>Need good cover story for curious locals, motel owners, etc </li></ul></li></ul> <ul><li><ul><li>Be totally prepared </li></ul></li></ul> <ul><li>High traffic area near you </li></ul> <ul><li><ul><li>Look at it often</li></ul></li></ul> <ul><li><ul><li>Vary times of day </li></ul></li></ul> <p> 15. Neighbors </p> <ul><li>May result in higher security presence (embassies, banks, schools, etc) </li></ul> <ul><li>Can be good resources </li></ul> <ul><li><ul><li>Rooftops </li></ul></li></ul> <ul><li><ul><li>Alibis </li></ul></li></ul> <ul><li><ul><li>Knowledge </li></ul></li></ul> <p> 16. 17. Scouting Objectives </p> <ul><li>General </li></ul> <ul><li><ul><li>Property access (without damaging anything) </li></ul></li></ul> <ul><li><ul><li><ul><li>Fences, loading bays, other buildings </li></ul></li></ul></li></ul> <ul><li><ul><li>Location </li></ul></li></ul> <ul><li><ul><li><ul><li>orientation, weather </li></ul></li></ul></li></ul> <ul><li><ul><li>Personnel </li></ul></li></ul> <ul><li><ul><li><ul><li>employees, security, etc </li></ul></li></ul></li></ul> <ul><li><ul><li>Cameras </li></ul></li></ul> <ul><li><ul><li><ul><li>How many, locations, who is watching, motion triggered </li></ul></li></ul></li></ul> <ul><li><ul><li>Car and foot traffic </li></ul></li></ul> <ul><li><ul><li>Media </li></ul></li></ul> <ul><li><ul><li><ul><li>Do they have access </li></ul></li></ul></li></ul> <ul><li><ul><li><ul><li>Is THE picture important to your action </li></ul></li></ul></li></ul> <p> 18. Scouting Objectives </p> <ul><li>Specific </li></ul> <ul><li><ul><li>Access for Climbing </li></ul></li></ul> <ul><li><ul><li><ul><li>Stairs, fire escapes, flagpoles, other buildings </li></ul></li></ul></li></ul> <ul><li><ul><li>Routes to blockade </li></ul></li></ul> <ul><li><ul><li><ul><li>Gates, doors, elevators, loading bays, train tracks, etc </li></ul></li></ul></li></ul> <p> 19. Site layout </p> <ul><li>Draw a map </li></ul> <ul><li><ul><li>Where is _____ located? </li></ul></li></ul> <ul><li><ul><li><ul><li>Cameras </li></ul></li></ul></li></ul> <ul><li><ul><li><ul><li>Fire exits </li></ul></li></ul></li></ul> <ul><li><ul><li><ul><li>Security </li></ul></li></ul></li></ul> <ul><li>Take measurements </li></ul> <ul><li><ul><li>Know your pace/steps </li></ul></li></ul> <ul><li><ul><li>String </li></ul></li></ul> <ul><li><ul><li>Your height/arm span </li></ul></li></ul> <p> 20. The Spiral Approach 21. Indirect Scouting </p> <ul><li>The World Wide Web </li></ul> <ul><li><ul><li>Google Earth </li></ul></li></ul> <ul><li><ul><li>Google maps (street view) </li></ul></li></ul> <ul><li><ul><li>News Articles </li></ul></li></ul> <ul><li>Other groups (that you trust) </li></ul> <ul><li>Library </li></ul> <ul><li>Topo maps (current) </li></ul> <ul><li>The phone maybe not your work phone </li></ul> <ul><li>Employees </li></ul> <p> 22. 23. Direct Scouting </p> <ul><li>In person </li></ul> <ul><li>The Actor in you</li></ul> <p> 24. Materials </p> <ul><li>What to bring </li></ul> <ul><li><ul><li>Blank Notebook with pencil* </li></ul></li></ul> <ul><li><ul><li>CAMERA </li></ul></li></ul> <ul><li><ul><li>Measuring device </li></ul></li></ul> <ul><li><ul><li>Smart Phone* </li></ul></li></ul> <ul><li>What to leave at home </li></ul> <ul><li><ul><li>Pocket knife or anything that could be considered a weapon </li></ul></li></ul> <ul><li><ul><li>Illegal drugs </li></ul></li></ul> <ul><li><ul><li>Brainstorm Notes </li></ul></li></ul> <p> 25. 26. Before you go </p> <ul><li>What do you look like </li></ul> <ul><li>Do you fit in </li></ul> <ul><li>Hiding in plain site</li></ul> <ul><li>Secret Agent </li></ul> <ul><li>What are they going to remember about you </li></ul> <ul><li>Props </li></ul> <ul><li>Are you prepared to get caught </li></ul> <p> 27. 28. What do you look like </p> <ul><li>Are they profiling for you </li></ul> <ul><li>Are you remarkable </li></ul> <p> 29. Do you fit in </p> <ul><li>What do the other folks look like </li></ul> <ul><li><ul><li>Age </li></ul></li></ul> <ul><li><ul><li>Sex </li></ul></li></ul> <ul><li><ul><li>Race </li></ul></li></ul> <ul><li><ul><li>Attire </li></ul></li></ul> <ul><li>Are you in the right place at the right time </li></ul> <ul><li><ul><li>Shift change </li></ul></li></ul> <ul><li><ul><li>Coffee breaks </li></ul></li></ul> <p> 30. Hiding in plain site </p> <ul><li>Going where you are not allowed with a plausible explanation </li></ul> <ul><li>Higher risk of being questioned but lower risk of alarming anyone </li></ul> <p> 31. Secret Agent </p> <ul><li>Lower risk of getting caught but they will be alarmed </li></ul> <ul><li>Need an escape route and a buddy </li></ul> <ul><li>Need a plausible explanation of why you are there </li></ul> <ul><li><ul><li>Still might get in trouble </li></ul></li></ul> <ul><li><ul><li>Hide the reason you are actually there </li></ul></li></ul> <p> 32. Remember me? </p> <ul><li>Man in the red jacket </li></ul> <ul><li>Changing clothes during the scout </li></ul> <p> 33. 34. Props </p> <ul><li>Clip board </li></ul> <ul><li>Hard hats </li></ul> <ul><li>Brief case </li></ul> <ul><li>ID cards </li></ul> <ul><li>Field guides </li></ul> <ul><li><ul><li>Have at least a beginners knowledge base </li></ul></li></ul> <p> 35. The CarpenterThe MediaThe Delegate 36. Prepare to get caught </p> <ul><li>The Actor in you </li></ul> <ul><li><ul><li>Plausible explanation for why you are there </li></ul></li></ul> <ul><li><ul><li><ul><li>Lost </li></ul></li></ul></li></ul> <ul><li><ul><li><ul><li>Smoker </li></ul></li></ul></li></ul> <ul><li><ul><li><ul><li>Lovers (need at least two people) </li></ul></li></ul></li></ul> <ul><li><ul><li><ul><li>Lost dog </li></ul></li></ul></li></ul> <ul><li>Dont give up too much </li></ul> <ul><li><ul><li>Ask your own questions first </li></ul></li></ul> <ul><li><ul><li> Answer your cell phone </li></ul></li></ul> <p> 37. Safety </p> <ul><li>Avoid scouting alone </li></ul> <ul><li>Scout with the safety of the Action in mind </li></ul> <ul><li><ul><li>Choke points </li></ul></li></ul> <ul><li><ul><li>Emergency exits </li></ul></li></ul> <ul><li><ul><li>Escape routes </li></ul></li></ul> <ul><li>REMEMBER: Information isneverworth personal injury </li></ul> <ul><li>Take a first aid kit (most important for remote) </li></ul> <ul><li>Inform someone of your trip and schedule check in times </li></ul> <p> 38. Information Security </p> <ul><li>If storing information on your computer use an encryption program </li></ul> <ul><li><ul><li>Trucrypt </li></ul></li></ul> <ul><li><ul><li>Eraser </li></ul></li></ul> <ul><li>If you have printed or written information </li></ul> <ul><li><ul><li>Destroy as soon as feasibly possible </li></ul></li></ul> <ul><li><ul><li>Dont take it with you to the Action </li></ul></li></ul> <ul><li>Password protect your phone/computer </li></ul> <p> 39. Field exercise 40. Scenario </p> <ul><li>There is meeting scheduled in Toronto which the group you are affiliated with wants to disrupt. There are two possible locations for this meeting.</li></ul> <p> 41. Target </p> <ul><li>Group 1 </li></ul> <ul><li><ul><li>Park Hyatt Hotel, 4 Avenue Road, Toronto </li></ul></li></ul> <ul><li>Group 2 </li></ul> <ul><li><ul><li>Holiday Inn, 280 Bloor Street West, Toronto </li></ul></li></ul> <p> 42. Scout Objectives </p> <ul><li>Find out how many rooms the hotel can accommodate </li></ul> <ul><li>Find out if there is event/meeting space in the hotel </li></ul> <ul><li><ul><li>Size of room </li></ul></li></ul> <ul><li><ul><li>Capacity </li></ul></li></ul> <ul><li><ul><li>Location in hotel </li></ul></li></ul> <ul><li>Map out the public and employee entrances/exits </li></ul> <p> 43. Objectives continued </p> <ul><li>Is there in-house catering? </li></ul> <ul><li>Try to see a room </li></ul> <ul><li>Parking outside or underground? </li></ul> <ul><li>Anything else you feel is relevant </li></ul>