The first in our series of articles written by the owner of USA Tactical Survival, Larry A. Johnson. Will inform readers on the art of tactical evasion in the 21st century. This series of survival techniques is designed to be informative to the advanced survivalist. We call it the secondary level. Going far beyond the basic level of staying alive by starting fires or finding food, this series deals with the touchy subject of evading pursuers. Without specifically identifying the pursuers as “the powers that be” or other unofficial entities, this writing can be used as a handy guide.
Things are far different these days considering all the high tech devices everyone carries with them or uses in every day life. That is the subject here. The 21st century is actually the enemy. We survivalist are actually hiding from the future itself. But in order to do that, we need to disconnect all forms of high tech communication devices and any other (tracking capable) hardware.
Sounds easy doesn’t it? Not so fast. Here is where we need to really think this through with care not to miss anything. Because it only takes one thing to expose your location. The general public is only half aware of all the ways a person can be tracked. So we will explore all the types of tracking devices and techniques low and high tech in an attempt to subvert them one at a time.
Cell phones and land lines
Computers, I pads etc.
Bank cards (ATM and Debit, Credit etc.)
Newer TV’s and other home appliances
Family, friends and acquaintances
Cameras in public (visible or not)
Your past habits
Radio, CB, Ham, Shortwave Sideband, WalkiTalkies
Wireless remotes (anything that can transmit or receive a signal)
These are the main types of tracking sources. If you noticed, we listed some very low tech items of interest. These are actually more important than the others because they have a history going back a long time as standard tracking procedures. These are still used today by police, private investigators and bill collectors.
Among these, are library cards, family and friends, cash money, your past habits and pets. Lets take them one at a time and break them down. Starting with the simplest one to identify with. Your family and friends.
This can not be over looked in any way. For example: I had a friend one time who worked as a skip tracer aka bill collector. He told me once that he could find anyone he wanted to simply by calling relatives and friends of his target telling them he was an old friend from school and wanted to catch up on old times. You would be surprised at how well this works. All he needed was a phone book and a good convincing cover story and he was usually successful in locating his target. He would usually have his man within a few hours. Talk about low tech. It doesn’t get any simpler than that.
How to subvert this technique: Well this depends upon how serious you are about survival. Do you really want to disconnect yourself from family and friends? If the answer is yes, then the way to subvert this is to keep your mouth shut. Be careful about telling people where you are going or where you are or even where you have been. Places you have been are places to leave a trail. Another way to handle this is to misdirect. This will give you time and space between you and your pursuers. All you need to do is tell the person closest to you that you were thinking about heading over to “any town USA”. That is enough right there to start the pursuers in the wrong direction.
Past habits: This one is a mainstay in the professional tracking world. All they need to do is follow your usual habits of your past to see what to expect from you now. They will dig around for information on your usual habits. For instance, someone may tell them that you “always liked the beach” or “ he loves the open range”. This in not limited to location. Everything counts in building a profile. It could be something simple that gives them the lead they need. Like for example: He chews tobacco or he smokes a lot of cigarettes.
How to subvert this technique: Break from your old self and reinvent yourself. Become a new person. Don’t be familiar to them. I can’t stress this enough. It’s these simple things that create your profile.
Finally, wrapping up the simple things. Cash money and library cards. I only listed these because most people think cash money is less or untraceable. Fact is, they both have serial numbers or. Anything with a serial number can be traced. This includes pets. Some pets have computer chip embedded under their skin indicating ownership and medical records. All veterinarian and animal shelters have a way to read the chips information. This can be used to their advantage in tracking the owner.
How to subvert this technique: Stay away from anything with traceable serial numbers. If you need to obtain goods, use the barter method or trade for what you need.
Now we get to the high tech items of interest. We all know that cell phones, GPS, computers etc. Have tracking capabilities. Thanks to the internet and cell towers. So no need to go into detail on this. But I will remind you that they don’t necessarily need to be turned on to be traced.
How to subvert this technique: Turn off the items and remove the batteries. If it makes you more comfortable, disconnect the motherboard from the power supply. I recommend throwing them in the river.
Newer cars, wireless remotes, newer TV’s CB radios Ham radios etc. All of these broadcast signals that can be triangulated. Triangulation is a method of zeroing in on a broadcast location using signal strength as a tool of finding the direction from witch the broadcast came from. This is an old military technique. But it is still viable today as a tool for use in tracking.
How to subvert this technique: Stay as far away from these items as possible. I do know how to turn off these features of the appliances, but for this article we don’t want to get into the scientific details of electrical engineering. It would take an entire stand alone book to explain this. The best thing to do is obtain an old pre electronic ignition vehicle. Anything with old school analog circuit electronics could help but not certain.