Recognizing Criminal Surveillance

Stratfor: Just because criminals need to conduct surveillance to plan a crime does not mean that they are good at it. In fact, most criminals are terrible at surveillance. But they are able to succeed despite their shoddy tradecraft because most people simply do not practice good situational awareness and do not pick up on the surveillance mistakes criminals make. Now, there are some exceptions. For example, the high-end jewel theft group from the Balkans that Interpol has labeled the Pink Panthers has demonstrated a very high degree of surveillance tradecraft. But such sophisticated surveillance tradecraft is the exception rather than the rule.

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