Two-way radios a must for professional surveillance ‘Ops’

When you are conducting surveillance, unless it is a one-man static OP or a lone PI following a cheating spouse, the need for good quality communications equipment is very important to the success of the operation. Many private investigation agencies rely on mobile phones to communicate and to a point they can be adequate and effective. However, UHF & VHF radio communications should really play a key part in the communications strategy for professional surveillance operators i.e. those carrying out high-end corporate surveillance involving large highly-trained sophisticated surveillance teams.

Tony Corrie, Director at Briareus Security, private investigators, surveillance specialists and close protection services of London recommends the Motorola DP3400; a next-generation professional digital two-way radio that delivers increased capacity and spectrum efficiency, integrated data communications and enhanced voice communications.

Tony explains, “We use Motorola DP3400 handsets in covert body rigs with covert earpieces for foot surveillance and close protection details; my experience is that the DP3400 provides clearer voice communications over a greater range than any of the comparable analogue radios on the market”.

Tony also recommends the the Motorola DM3400 base sets for use in vehicles, “The DM3400 is an excellent radio set which features 32 channels and has a large bright numeric LED display. Like the DP3400 handsets the DM3400 is absolutely perfect for the modern PI agency that needs a high-quality portable comms unit”.

Tony goes on to say, “I source my ‘comms gear’ from G6 Global Communications in Bristol the MD is Andrew Clark. They are an international operational company and nothing is too much trouble for them. I can definitely recommend them”.

  • Detective Denise

    Really useful point, I live and work in a particulary bad area for mobile coverage, the right equipment can make all the difference.

    • Editor

      I know what you mean Denise, I did a job around a certain location of Durham and there was no mobile phone coverage at all; even the GPS tracker wouldn’t work because the data is transferred via the mobile phone network. Having decent radios is a godsend in those circumstances.

  • InvestigationsUK

    Most of the work that I undertake is in Greater Manchester and the surrounding areas and I have never had issues with mobile phone coverage; however as an expanding company who is branching out it is essential to have good quality communication devices…so this article is really helpful.

  • Editor

    Yes, I agree that if you are working a two-man surveillance you can get away with mobile phones (so long as you can get a reliable signal). I have been in many situations where I have been unable to get a mobile phone signal (usually rural areas). Much of the surveillance I have carried out involves a team of 3 or more operatives. You really need two-way radios on jobs like that. Being able to speak so the whole team can hear all at the same time without having to ring individual mobiles to pass on messages is a must.  It is the difference between losing a subject and being able to communicate any changes in the subject's status quickly to the team so the appropriate contigencies can be put into place to minimise any loss.