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In this article you will learn the basics of spying and tailing to gain information from your enemies.

Using some easy to get objects and skills you can begin your journey to becoming a master spy.
 
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Step 1: Gather equipment

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The equipment you need will depend on your mission and surroundings. I created a basic list of some good spy gear:

>Camera phone, small film camera (like the one shown), or a little digital camera
>Monocular or some small binoculars, the more powerful they are the more detail, but less powerful gives you a bigger field of view.
>Notepad and pen- to write down addresses, license numbers, and any other observations
>A small mirror- can be easily obtained from a makeup thing that girls use, just pry it off.
>A watch- to log the times of events
>A Swiss Army Knife- just useful to have
>Spy shades- mine look goofy, but I've seen some better ones, there's also another Instructables on how to make a pair.
>If you are on a dangerous mission you may want to bring along a larger knife, but one that will still fit in your pocket, if you are entering gang territory or some very dangerous place then you should bring a concealable handgun.
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petlover271 year ago
I mean like he used gay-969
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Brother_D6 years ago
I really wanna use some of the stuff in this instructable, I just can't figure out what to follow someone for.
JuCo Brother_D3 years ago
if you're just doing it for fun, find an apartment complex and trail the security guard. when i was a kid, a friend and i would follow for hours trying to stay as close as possible without being noticed. the best we did was staying within 20 feet of him for a half hour. and the closest ever was 5-10 feet away... we definitely thought he'd caught us that time, but he didn't notice. (must have thought we were one of the dozens of stray cats that roamed the area.)

the only downside to this is if the guard is a slacker. we had one that spent 90% of his shift sitting in his car and 10% on patrol.
unpicky (author)  Brother_D6 years ago
eh, yeah i have the same problem. it's useful if you want to get information about someone in order to get back at them or something, or if you think you're girlfriends is cheating on you (although in that case it would be better to have your friend do it cause she'd see you)
This plan would also require one to have a girlfriend.
well, be serious with a girl no matter how hot, bad, mad or ugly she is.
Next day, bust her.
where could i get a girlfriend? lololololololololololololololololololololololol jk jk srry i had to do that....
Ferrari! the only spy car EVER is the Aston Martin!
i think it is best to have 3 ppl following and rotate, less suspicion that way
hhhttt4 years ago
HEY DUDE, WHAT IS THAT PICTURE OF? SPY VS. SPY?
seamaas4 years ago
it's not 24:05 it's 00:05
Update: I can't use a camera; my school doesn't allow 'em (wish they'll allow phones now). What can I use other than a camera? Hmm... I know! Mark his/her location on a map! Wait, the purpose of a camera is to record things as they happen as well as photographic proof. Hmm... This complicates things... *searches google* Dam.... This complicates things even further... Hmm, wait a minute! On the rulebook it says, "No electronic devices". If I can get my hands on an analog camera then... YAY!!! A WEAKNESS IN THE SYSTEM!!! Wait, oh man! There are no more film developing stores around here, dam! *searches google again* If I can get my hands on a VGA+ driver then I can finally use that tiny VGA+ camcorder sitting there for years! *clicks google result* HELL YEAH!!! INSTRUCTABLE GETS 5/5!!!!!!!!
RaNDoMLeiGH4 years ago
note for surveillance: make sure to use the bathroom before you start, and don't consume a lot of liquids! also, bring along a snack, like a power bar.

It's best to not go alone to a dangerous area... have all proper permits for weapons so if someone, like a neighbor, sees you lurking and phones you in, you won't get in trouble for something stupid like not having a c&c permit.

to practise, go to a mall, and pick someone, and follow them around for a while. It's best to pick someone of the same gender for these exercises, so it doesn't look like you're some weird sex predator. The person may never notice but the mall's security cameras will, until you get good at being nonchalant.

For a more extreme case try tailing someone random at a casino. If you don't get noticed, kicked out, or followed by casino security, you're probably doing it right.
something's wrong about wearing shades and other stuff for disguises. just wear the casual clothing used in that area to "blend in" with the other people. that's where the sentence "act normal" comes from.
McGyver24 years ago
Couldn't you use the binocluars to amplify the veiw on the camera?
McGyver24 years ago
Tha looks like somthing I could eat....
McGyver24 years ago
NICE Log for 24:05 in this photo
PocketSized6 years ago
Have you not just given away your identity as a spy? :/ Nice Instructable though. The only thing I would change, considering it is your first Instructable, is to use Capital Letters and format the text properly. If you want a hand with this I would be more than happy to help, just drop me a private message. Nice work.
lol, that first sentence reminds me of: is the secret service is secret how come everyone knows about it?
coz it is secret to the planet earth and inhabitants of it. (tell a cockroach about it before you pull gallons of insecticide over it.)
lol.
unpicky (author)  PocketSized6 years ago
Thanks i did that all, it look much better now.
Very good :) It does look better doesn't it.
maeve5 years ago
Oh, something to add to your kit: a small audio recorder. One day at lunch, I left the recorder in my bag, as we needed it for music, after break. I didn't know at the time that it was switched on. When I listened later, I heard a girl being bullied really badly. Later I told her what had happened, and she said she had told the teacher, but she wouldn't bellieve it. We played the tape for the tacher, who then apoligized and dealt with the bulling. I know, no major terrorist attacks averted, but one kids self esteem raised.
beehard44 maeve4 years ago
good job. what if you caught someone talking plans like (hippie voice) "Im gonna nuke this school, man!Oh yeah!"
 For christmas i got a pair r of night vision goggles thought you might want a pair of those to
dsman1952766 years ago
i would recommend a change of clothing if you start like this: long pants, shirt out, and glasses to: long pants, shirt in(different shirt and pants), hat. you look taller with your shirt in. you could even put roled up socks in your shoe to be even taller.
How about a 'Turncoat' shirt?
One that you can take off, turn inside out, and put back on going from red shirt to green or blue shirt.
The same can be done with a coat. 
I once designed a double thick camoflage jacket that had FOUR shades, Snow camo, Green camo, Brown camo, and a fourth shade. I call it a Ptarmagine after the Alaskan bird that changes colors with the seasons.
I brig loads of hairpins: I have really long hair. If I tie it up in a bun, I look much older. If i leave it down, it conceals my face. I can also tie it to make it look as though I have short hair.
and if its winter out (and you have a towel like from a gym) you can roll up the towel and put it on your shoulders then put on your jacket to raise your shoulder height appearance wearing a hat works well with this trick.
unpicky (author)  dsman1952766 years ago
mmhm very good idea ty.
my alternative to the knife: i made some armor-y stuff out of some metal i have lying around and made it so that you can easily slot in a long sharp piece into a socket on it. just put on the guantlet, slip the blade down oyur pant leg in some kind of protective thing so you dont slice oyur leg with the end sticking out and your good to go. just jam your socket on the guantlet onto the end of the blade and voila, instant arm sword. looks cool, too.
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Become a private investigator ;-D
I accually saw an ad on the paper for a course in becoming a private investigator. Cool job!
i did this but at a vintage show i saw these mirrors for £1 ($2) Which the american army search vehicles with explosives in They are on extenders and are really good
Darth_Reese6 years ago
Where can I get a camera supper cheap?
go to google and search deal extreme they have some for around 12-40 dollars
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