By 12 pm, we were at our client’s place to prepare for the day of FOOT surveillance. I was exuberant as I really wanted to help our client and the secondary reason was because I was gaining more experience (I only did a few stakeouts during my part-timing days). However, I never expected it to become a 10-hour Urbanathlon of “I’m catching you”!
Foot Surveillance is one of many on-location methods we use to collect evidence to support a client’s case. It is the oldest method since Sherlock Holmes. What you watch in drama is really what we normally do, BUT, more exaggerated in real life as we have limited manpower resources unlike the authorities. We have to improvise and act swiftly at critical moments to ensure that we do not lose the target. Any additional manpower resources will depend on the case’s requirements and on our client’s budget.
“I’m catching you”? What are you catching, you may be wondering?
Our Subject was out with his female companion Sammi (see previous blog) and her infant playing GAMES for 10 HOURS!!! “UN-BE-LIE-VA-BLE! I so stunned like a vegetable” too. For that 10 whole hours I was on FOOT – with dedication…
For someone who has been driving for the past 13 years and pampered by Taxi, Grab and Uber, my knowledge on current MRT lines is without a doubt grossly lacking. My only saving grace is that I own a Ez-link card. I’m totally uncomfortable with the “People Mountain, People Sea” crowd during peak commuting hours. Coupled with my new-found height limitation, I literally JUMPed when I could not see my target (which my team members told me not to do it again, LOL). By 8 pm, this ex-Black-Widow-wannabe was already tired, sweaty, thirsty and she cannot find water in the MRT station.
It was 15 mins before 10pm, I sat down at a gap between 2 cars while my other 2 team members continue to complete the case. Mentally and physically exhausted, I heaved a sigh of relief, so glad this Urbanathlon is over.
“Do you have a tissue?” I asked.
“I don’t have. Next time bring your own towel. You are lucky, you got a team and we never “tekan” you. In the past, we do cases alone and “tio tekan”.” my senior PI said to me.
I was indeed lucky, I don’t think it’s possible for me to complete this ALONE, even 2-man operation seems tight to cover all likely permutations. We need a team to cover and support one another, it also makes perfect monetary sense for our clients as we ensure that objectives are completed within the shortest time.
(With positivity) Thanks to Sammi and Subject, I went through a practical MRT 101 crash course – interchanges, platforms, location of lifts, north east and circle lines (My first time taking it, hahahaha).
As we are cooling down after a hard day’s job (it’s adrenaline-filled, at least for me), I saw our client returning home from a distance. She appeared dejected and lost, looking down on the floor while waiting for the lift to arrive. Emotions filled me again. Most married couples will be planning how to spend their remaining golden years enjoying life with their partners, but not for her. She has decided to change her route and I sincerely pray that God will find a way for her.
* Opinions expressed are solely my own and do not express the views or opinions of Ranger Investigation and/ or clients.