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How to Get Anything on Anybody, vol. 2.

By Lee Lapin; published by ISECO Inc., 4151349-9744; 223 pages; $38.

This encyclopedia of personal surveillance--as the author subtitles it--contains 225 pages of interesting concepts, trends, and ideas for investigators.

Many of the author's ideas are borrowed from government agencies, private detectives, engineers, electronic experts, and communication specialists. The book is written so the reader can become familiar with what to ask for and where to go for answers when involved in an intricate case. The book also acquaints the reader with modern surveillance technologies without requiring him or her to spend time and money searching for the appropriate equipment.

Investigators are often asked specific questions regarding technology that they are unable to answer. With this book, the reader has an abundance of information on many topics at his or her fingertips.

The author is at his best when he writes about the frequency spectrum and communications. This is easy and interesting reading for even a novice in the communications field. More important, however, the book discusses where sophisticated equipment can be purchased and how to use equipment to its full potential.

The author writes with the perception that the reader is an apprentice in the field of surveillance and investigations. This slowed the pace a bit but not enough to detract from the content.

In each chapter Lapin provides a topical overview, recommends the equipment to use, and then discusses how to install and use it. He covers a gamut of topics in the synchronized world of electronic surveillance and countersurveillance measures.

Investigators who conduct covert surveillance will find the s bugging, recorders, listening through walls, electronic kits, and video surveillance most informative.

A wealth of information is also available for those whose investigative expertise is in computers, phone taps, or debugging.

One important factor Lapin kept in mind throughout the book was the overall cost to the investigator. He advises the reader where specific equipment can be purchased, gives estimates, and explains how the equipment can be interfaced with a variety of other types of surveillance equipment for other cases.

How to Get Anything on Anybody instructs the reader on how to put together a complete dossier on anyone by accessing hundreds of new data bases.

These data bases trace, track, and provide information such as social security numbers; addresses and phone numbers; credit histories; motor vehicle and real property records; marriage, death, and divorce information; forwarding addresses; and news reports on any individual.

The author also discusses how to use police intelligence kits, fiber optics, top secret records, and video surveillance cameras.

The author concludes the book by listing companies that supply electronic and covert surveillance equipment to enhance any investigation. Investigators and surveillance experts, as well as other security and law enforcement professionals, will find this book rewarding.

Reviewer: Kevin A. Cassidy is vice president of Summit Security Services Inc. of Long Island City, NY. He is a member of ASIS.
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Author:Cassidy, Kevin A.
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Date:Jun 1, 1992
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