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Scouting 101
 
<ul><li>scout  (skout) v.   scout·ed ,  scout·ing ,  scouts   </li></ul><ul><li>1.  To spy on or explore carefully in orde...
Agenda <ul><li>Why scout? </li></ul><ul><li>Type of Scout </li></ul><ul><li>Pre-scout research </li></ul><ul><li>Target as...
Why? <ul><li>To make sure the Action Concept is realistic </li></ul><ul><li>To come up with a better Action Concept </li><...
 
Type of scout <ul><li>Foundation scout </li></ul><ul><ul><li>To acquire basic information for Action </li></ul></ul><ul><l...
Pre-scout research <ul><li>Identify list of good sites </li></ul><ul><li>Local maps </li></ul><ul><li>Weather </li></ul><u...
Target Assessment <ul><li>Are they already aware of you </li></ul><ul><li>Have other groups targeted them before </li></ul...
Targets main concerns <ul><li>Thieves </li></ul><ul><li>Vandals </li></ul><ul><li>Parking control </li></ul><ul><li>Loiter...
Likely Security <ul><li>Will they have their own dedicated team </li></ul><ul><li>Occasional drive by visits from security...
 
Public Access <ul><li>None – Industrial facilities </li></ul><ul><li>Occasional – theatres, stadiums, convention centres <...
Location <ul><li>Remote and far from you </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Need good cover story for curious locals, motel owners, etc...
Neighbors <ul><li>May result in higher security presence (embassies, banks, schools, etc) </li></ul><ul><li>Can be good re...
 
Scouting Objectives <ul><li>General </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Property access (without damaging anything) </li></ul></ul><ul><...
Scouting Objectives <ul><li>Specific </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Access for Climbing </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Stairs, fire...
Site layout <ul><li>Draw a map </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Where is _____ located? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Cameras </li><...
The Spiral Approach
Indirect Scouting <ul><li>The World Wide Web </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Google Earth </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Google maps (st...
 
Direct Scouting <ul><li>In person </li></ul><ul><li>The Actor in you  </li></ul>
Materials <ul><li>What to bring </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Blank Notebook with pencil* </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>CAMERA </li><...
 
Before you go <ul><li>What do you look like </li></ul><ul><li>Do you fit in </li></ul><ul><li>Hiding in plain site  </li><...
 
What do you look like <ul><li>Are they profiling for you </li></ul><ul><li>Are you remarkable </li></ul>
Do you fit in <ul><li>What do the other folks look like </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Age </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Sex </li></ul...
Hiding in plain site <ul><li>Going where you are not allowed with a plausible explanation </li></ul><ul><li>Higher risk of...
Secret Agent <ul><li>Lower risk of getting caught but they will be alarmed </li></ul><ul><li>Need an escape route and a bu...
Remember me? <ul><li>Man in the red jacket </li></ul><ul><li>Changing clothes during the scout </li></ul>
 
Props <ul><li>Clip board </li></ul><ul><li>Hard hats </li></ul><ul><li>Brief case </li></ul><ul><li>ID cards </li></ul><ul...
The Carpenter  The Media  The Delegate
Prepare to get caught <ul><li>The Actor in you </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Plausible explanation for why you are there </li></ul...
Safety <ul><li>Avoid scouting alone </li></ul><ul><li>Scout with the safety of the Action in mind </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Ch...
Information Security <ul><li>If storing information on your computer use an encryption program </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Trucr...
Field exercise
Scenario <ul><li>There is meeting scheduled in Toronto which the group you are affiliated with wants to disrupt. There are...
Target <ul><li>Group 1 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Park Hyatt Hotel, 4 Avenue Road, Toronto </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Group 2 </li>...
Scout Objectives <ul><li>Find out how many rooms the hotel can accommodate </li></ul><ul><li>Find out if there is event/me...
Objectives continued <ul><li>Is there in-house catering? </li></ul><ul><li>Try to see a room </li></ul><ul><li>Parking – o...
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Action Scouting

  1. 1. Scouting 101
  2. 3. <ul><li>scout  (skout) v. scout·ed , scout·ing , scouts </li></ul><ul><li>1. To spy on or explore carefully in order to obtain information </li></ul><ul><li>2. To observe and evaluate </li></ul><ul><li>n. 1. a. One that is dispatched from a main body to gather information, especially in preparation for military action. </li></ul>
  3. 4. Agenda <ul><li>Why scout? </li></ul><ul><li>Type of Scout </li></ul><ul><li>Pre-scout research </li></ul><ul><li>Target assessment </li></ul><ul><li>Scouting Objectives </li></ul><ul><li>Site layout </li></ul><ul><li>The Spiral Approach </li></ul><ul><li>Indirect vs Direct </li></ul><ul><li>Safety </li></ul><ul><li>Information Security </li></ul><ul><li>Field exercise </li></ul><ul><li>Report back </li></ul><ul><li>Wrap Up </li></ul>
  4. 5. Why? <ul><li>To make sure the Action Concept is realistic </li></ul><ul><li>To come up with a better Action Concept </li></ul><ul><li>Check on risks involved </li></ul><ul><li>Be able to prepare the right materials and equipment needed for the Action </li></ul>
  5. 7. Type of scout <ul><li>Foundation scout </li></ul><ul><ul><li>To acquire basic information for Action </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Technical scout </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Specific information for a chosen Action scenario (measurements, access, etc) </li></ul></ul>
  6. 8. Pre-scout research <ul><li>Identify list of good sites </li></ul><ul><li>Local maps </li></ul><ul><li>Weather </li></ul><ul><li>Nearby services </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Internet cafes </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Food </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Accommodations </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Public Washrooms </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Emergency Services </li></ul></ul></ul>
  7. 9. Target Assessment <ul><li>Are they already aware of you </li></ul><ul><li>Have other groups targeted them before </li></ul><ul><li>What else might they be worried about </li></ul><ul><li>What kind of security is likely </li></ul><ul><li>Access </li></ul><ul><li>Location </li></ul><ul><li>Neighbors </li></ul>
  8. 10. Targets main concerns <ul><li>Thieves </li></ul><ul><li>Vandals </li></ul><ul><li>Parking control </li></ul><ul><li>Loitering </li></ul><ul><li>Industrial spies </li></ul><ul><li>Terrorists </li></ul><ul><li>Hunters/anglers </li></ul>
  9. 11. Likely Security <ul><li>Will they have their own dedicated team </li></ul><ul><li>Occasional drive by visits from security/police </li></ul><ul><li>Extra security because for upcoming event </li></ul><ul><li>Will employees be suspicious </li></ul>
  10. 13. Public Access <ul><li>None – Industrial facilities </li></ul><ul><li>Occasional – theatres, stadiums, convention centres </li></ul><ul><li>Always – public monuments, bridges, hotels </li></ul><ul><li>Limited – tourist attractions, government buildings, stores </li></ul>
  11. 14. Location <ul><li>Remote and far from you </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Need good cover story for curious locals, motel owners, etc </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Be totally prepared </li></ul></ul><ul><li>High traffic area near you </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Look at it often </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Vary times of day </li></ul></ul>
  12. 15. Neighbors <ul><li>May result in higher security presence (embassies, banks, schools, etc) </li></ul><ul><li>Can be good resources </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Rooftops </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Alibis </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Knowledge </li></ul></ul>
  13. 17. Scouting Objectives <ul><li>General </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Property access (without damaging anything) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Fences, loading bays, other buildings </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Location </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>orientation, weather </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Personnel </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>employees, security, etc </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Cameras </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>How many, locations, who is watching, motion triggered </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Car and foot traffic </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Media </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Do they have access </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Is THE picture important to your action </li></ul></ul></ul>
  14. 18. Scouting Objectives <ul><li>Specific </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Access for Climbing </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Stairs, fire escapes, flagpoles, other buildings </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Routes to blockade </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Gates, doors, elevators, loading bays, train tracks, etc </li></ul></ul></ul>
  15. 19. Site layout <ul><li>Draw a map </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Where is _____ located? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Cameras </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Fire exits </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Security </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Take measurements </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Know your pace/steps </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>String </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Your height/arm span </li></ul></ul>
  16. 20. The Spiral Approach
  17. 21. Indirect Scouting <ul><li>The World Wide Web </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Google Earth </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Google maps (street view) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>News Articles </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Other groups (that you trust) </li></ul><ul><li>Library </li></ul><ul><li>Topo maps (current) </li></ul><ul><li>The phone – maybe not your work phone </li></ul><ul><li>Employees </li></ul>
  18. 23. Direct Scouting <ul><li>In person </li></ul><ul><li>The Actor in you </li></ul>
  19. 24. Materials <ul><li>What to bring </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Blank Notebook with pencil* </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>CAMERA </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Measuring device </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Smart Phone* </li></ul></ul><ul><li>What to leave at home </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Pocket knife or anything that could be considered a weapon </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Illegal drugs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Brainstorm Notes </li></ul></ul>
  20. 26. Before you go <ul><li>What do you look like </li></ul><ul><li>Do you fit in </li></ul><ul><li>Hiding in plain site </li></ul><ul><li>Secret Agent </li></ul><ul><li>What are they going to remember about you </li></ul><ul><li>Props </li></ul><ul><li>Are you prepared to get caught </li></ul>
  21. 28. What do you look like <ul><li>Are they profiling for you </li></ul><ul><li>Are you remarkable </li></ul>
  22. 29. Do you fit in <ul><li>What do the other folks look like </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Age </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Sex </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Race </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Attire </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Are you in the right place at the right time </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Shift change </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Coffee breaks </li></ul></ul>
  23. 30. Hiding in plain site <ul><li>Going where you are not allowed with a plausible explanation </li></ul><ul><li>Higher risk of being questioned but lower risk of alarming anyone </li></ul>
  24. 31. Secret Agent <ul><li>Lower risk of getting caught but they will be alarmed </li></ul><ul><li>Need an escape route and a buddy </li></ul><ul><li>Need a plausible explanation of why you are there </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Still might get in trouble </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Hide the reason you are actually there </li></ul></ul>
  25. 32. Remember me? <ul><li>Man in the red jacket </li></ul><ul><li>Changing clothes during the scout </li></ul>
  26. 34. Props <ul><li>Clip board </li></ul><ul><li>Hard hats </li></ul><ul><li>Brief case </li></ul><ul><li>ID cards </li></ul><ul><li>Field guides </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Have at least a beginner’s knowledge base </li></ul></ul>
  27. 35. The Carpenter The Media The Delegate
  28. 36. Prepare to get caught <ul><li>The Actor in you </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Plausible explanation for why you are there </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Lost </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Smoker </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Lovers (need at least two people) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Lost dog </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Don’t give up too much </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Ask your own questions first </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ Answer” your cell phone </li></ul></ul>
  29. 37. Safety <ul><li>Avoid scouting alone </li></ul><ul><li>Scout with the safety of the Action in mind </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Choke points </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Emergency exits </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Escape routes </li></ul></ul><ul><li>REMEMBER: Information is never worth personal injury </li></ul><ul><li>Take a first aid kit (most important for remote) </li></ul><ul><li>Inform someone of your trip and schedule check in times </li></ul>
  30. 38. Information Security <ul><li>If storing information on your computer use an encryption program </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Trucrypt </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Eraser </li></ul></ul><ul><li>If you have printed or written information </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Destroy as soon as feasibly possible </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Don’t take it with you to the Action </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Password protect your phone/computer </li></ul>
  31. 39. Field exercise
  32. 40. Scenario <ul><li>There is meeting scheduled in Toronto which the group you are affiliated with wants to disrupt. There are two possible locations for this meeting. </li></ul>
  33. 41. Target <ul><li>Group 1 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Park Hyatt Hotel, 4 Avenue Road, Toronto </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Group 2 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Holiday Inn, 280 Bloor Street West, Toronto </li></ul></ul>
  34. 42. Scout Objectives <ul><li>Find out how many rooms the hotel can accommodate </li></ul><ul><li>Find out if there is event/meeting space in the hotel </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Size of room </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Capacity </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Location in hotel </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Map out the public and employee entrances/exits </li></ul>
  35. 43. Objectives continued <ul><li>Is there in-house catering? </li></ul><ul><li>Try to see a room </li></ul><ul><li>Parking – outside or underground? </li></ul><ul><li>Anything else you feel is relevant </li></ul>

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