Reading for Treasure

Surviving the Surveillance State

Posted at Nov 10, 2016 8:00 am

Cue the music. You know—that familiar, edgy tune from a favorite thriller movie. The one that pulls you to the edge of your seat and makes chills run down your spine.

That’s right—it’s time to summon your inner spy, cop or con artist. Take your pick. Because today we’re talking about surveillance.

musicThe next time you walk into the local grocery store, gas station, restaurant or shopping mall, take a look around. How many security cameras can you spot: Where are they located? Where are pointed? Do they scan the whole area or are there blind spots?

Now that you’ve counted them, think about the cameras you don’t see. Where might they be hidden? A spy novel, thriller movie or even an Internet search can pull up dozens of places cameras could be hidden. Is that a nanny cam in the stuffed bear?

Or behind the wall electrical socket?

What about that innocent looking pen lying on the desk? Is it a writing implement? Or a surveillance tool?

Before you let your imagination run away with you, you might want to pull back a bit. By now your companions—or the folks monitoring the video feeds at the grocery store or restaurant—are wondering why you’re standing still in the middle of the aisles looking like a deer in the headlights

The next time you scan an area for cameras, try doing it without drawing attention to yourself. Then practice seeing how fast you can locate the cameras. Work up to being able to nonchalantly enter a room and know where the surveillance monitors are within the first 60 seconds. That way, you’ll know the safest place to stand if you need to summon help in the event of an emergency.

cameraSoon, you just might be ready to interview for that open position in the “Sci-Spy” organization*.

Don’t forget: Smile!  You’re being watched.

*If you don’t know what that is—check out my “Undercover Cat” mystery series to find out!

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