It seems that whenever surveillance is depicted on the TV it is always ‘urban surveillance’. People sitting in a car or hiding in a surveillance van outside some building or residence with a a flask of coffee. But what about rural surveillance? The whole idea of surveillance is to blend in so if you are a private investigator ensconced in a hedgerow what better way to blend in than to ‘make like a tree’ by wearing a ghillie suit.
A Ghillie Suit, or yowie suit, is specialised clothing used for surveillance or hunting and is designed to resemble heavy foilage. Generally, it is made of a net or cloth garment covered in loose strips of cloth or twine, sometimes even made to look like leaves and twigs. Often rural surveillance specialists will wear a Ghillie Suit to blend into their surroundings when they feel it is important for them to camouflage and hide themselves from their targets in a countryside setting.
Any surveillance specialist would do well to add one of these to their tool kit. Amazon.co.uk have this one for sale and it has had some great reviews.
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