Things Every Private Detective Should Use

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When conducting surveillance as a private detective, you need to be prepared for any situation. One type of lookout may require more preparation than the other, but either way, you should have a plan. If you are in a vehicle or not, there are some basic items one must have to protect himself, as well as to be a private investigator that colleagues will admire and people will hopefully hire.

Charge Up

Have a power inverter. In case you are not familiar with this little device, let me explain what it is for. It is a gadget that you plug into your cigarette lighter, that is placed in your car to be precise. Your laptop, mobile phone, or anything else you may need on your case can be connected to it and charged.

There are many brands that one can choose from, but before you select one to do educational research so you could avoid making a mistake and purchase the one that burns out quickly or the one that can "kill" your vehicle battery off. Some may last for a few years if the quality is exceptional, which often isn't determined by the price or the reviews, you will have to investigate which are the best.

A Distant Gaze

A thing one may need while surveilling as a private investigator is to be able to look into the distance. Thus, a conclusion is that every detective needs a pair of binoculars. There are different types and sizes and the one you pick will be according to your taste and needs. Whether they are small and less powerful or large and have great long-distance sight abilities, they are more than essential.


The next thing on a list is a camera. The best one to use is the one with the SD card. So what I am trying to say is, it would be best if you were to move on from cameras that use mini DV tapes or 8-millimeter tapes and get something that has more capacity.

Extra GB memory card, like 8 GB for example, will provide you with peace of mind. Meaning, the more space, there are larger amounts of pictures and videos stored. And after all, in case of malfunction of the original one, you will have a quick replacement.

A Master Of Disguise

If you are having a long night ahead of you, basic toiletries, a set of clothes like an extra jacket, and as well an overnight bag are a must-have. The more items you bring, the better.

Additional clothes, for example, are needed if you follow the subject and you need to change your appearance in order not to be recognized. Overnight bag if you need to stay a whole night in front of some spot, and there is I guess no need to explain why you would need toiletries.

Am I Hungry? Yes I am

If your stomach growls, you need to obey and feed it. So, some crackers, chips, or any similar types of food are smart to have with. If things go longer than expected, those things are needed, because, at the end of the day, you need to take care of your basic human needs.

Let us say that a person that you are checking upon has an 8-hour shift in the office. If a subject of investigation, for example, ends up working longer than expected, there could be problems if you do not think ahead. So, what I am saying is that water and food may help you endure the wait.

Extra Help

Now, all of these things so far are more than essential. One that is optional and yet of great importance is to have some kind of bulletproof clothes with you. Well, actually on you. It can save your life to be blunt in case a violent situation arises. If you are making an arrest for example, as a detective, you must wear the vest by the Police Department's Patrol Guide.

Say No To The Light!

If you are waiting in a car, a better chance of hiding your identity, and preventing light coming into your vehicle, would be tinted windows. If you are taking pictures or videotaping something that the person you are investigating is doing, shades on the window, or just tinted glass itself, will prevent them from seeing what you are doing.

A Tool

The battery of your car just broke. Since you most probably do not have time to go car shop or store to remove and replace it and thus abandon the case, you need a fix right away. Always bring some basic toolset that will be quite useful to have in those cases.

Working as a detective is an exhilarating and yet very responsible job. The job includes as much excitement as well as hard work and the need for caution. So, before you venture on your next task, prepare yourself in the best possible way.

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3 Healthy Ways to Relieve Stress Each Evening (Instead of Reaching for Another Cocktail)

When we envision a person who is suffering from substance use disorder (SUD)—defined by having a history of past misuse, experiencing increasing mental health symptoms, or having a family history of addiction—we often picture someone waking up and instantly grabbing their first drink. However, in my experience working with those battling SUD for nearly a decade, I've learned that everyone's relationship with alcohol looks different and having a few too many drinks at night can be just as dangerous.

The time of day, amount, or type of alcohol one drinks doesn't define if they suffer from SUD or not—it's the compulsion to drink. By focusing on healthy stress relievers and implementing them into your daily routine, you aren't just avoiding another glass at night, you are curbing any inclination for SUD that you may have.

While you may feel the desire to reach for another drink after dinner and putting the kids to bed to relieve some of the stress you incurred that day, there are other things that you can do that are much more beneficial to your mental health and wellbeing.

Risks of Reaching for Another Drink

Reaching for another cocktail or glass of wine can feel like a great way to relieve the stress of the day at the time, but over time it can actually lead to the opposite. Excessive drinking is known to lead to increased anxiety, depression, and other mental health disorders such as increased risk of family problems, altered judgment, and worsened sleep quality. These can all lead to increased stress and create a continuous cycle I have seen in many of my patients, which often prove difficult to break.

Increased alcohol consumption can directly impact an individual's mood and temperament, too. In my patients, I've seen a connection between increased alcohol consumption and irritability, fatigue, and loss of interest in activities that previously brought that person joy—activities that people should always put time into, especially right now during the pandemic.

While drinking in moderation doesn't have serious implications for some, others are already at increased risk for SUD. One drink per day is considered moderate for women, while eight drinks or more in a single week is categorized as heavy drinking. It's important to monitor your intake—whether you are at increased risk for SUD or not. It is all too easy for one glass to become another, and then another. And if you keep reaching for just one more drink, you can start to build a tolerance, as it requires more and more alcohol to achieve the desired effect. This can result in dangerous, addictive habits that will alter your life, and the lives of those who care for you.

Three Healthy Ways to Relieve Evening Stress

Stress relief from alcohol is short-lived, but choosing healthier, alternative stress relievers can provide long-lasting benefits for both your mental and physical wellbeing. At Wellbridge, our team not only focuses on treating addiction but also on teaching healthy habits to support ongoing sobriety. And many of these learnings can be implemented to avoid addiction by handling stress better as well!

Below are three healthy stress relief ideas you can implement into your routine:

  1. Mindfulness exercises can be a powerful and mentally stimulating stress reliever. Throughout our therapeutic program at Wellbridge, we provide different opportunities to cultivate mindfulness. For example, breathing exercises, such as box breathing or diaphragmatic breathing, mindful walking, and progressive muscle relaxation. If you're looking for entry, guided meditation, check out this YouTube channel where experts post mindfulness exercises each week.
  2. Human connection is invaluable. Whether it is your spouse, your children, a friend, or even a therapist, connecting with someone else can be a great way to relieve stress. The additional perspective that another person provides can also help us feel that the anxieties and stressors we are experiencing are more manageable. If you are feeling increased stress from loneliness or isolation, reach out and schedule a Zoom coffee hour with a friend, or call a loved one to check-in and chat.
  3. Physical activity is an excellent stress reliever as well, for so many reasons. Not only can it help us get our mind off of stress, it enables our bodies to release endorphins and provides long-lasting physical health benefits. Physical activity doesn't need to be a full-blown workout if you don't feel up to it, or simply don't have extended periods of time to dedicate to a longer exercise regimen. Even a short walk or some stretching can go a long way towards improving your mood. I enjoy following guided, online yoga practices for both mindfulness practice and physical activity.

Despite my years working in this space, I am no stranger to giving in to stress. However, I've learned that by allotting myself a little time each morning and evening for activities that set a positive tone in my life—like meditation, journaling, and exercise—I've been able to better manage my stress and feel more prepared for heightened periods of stress. Do I manage to set aside personal time every morning and evening? Definitely not—life happens! But by doing our best to take regular time out for ourselves, we're all certain to be in a better place emotionally and mentally.

Putting Your Mental Health & Wellbeing First

It's important to also recognize that it isn't just stress that causes us to reach for another drink at night. With the added pressures and responsibilities of women in today's world, having another glass of our favorite drink at the end of the day can often seem like a quicker and easier option than other healthier ways to relieve stress.

However, it's essential to put your mental health and wellbeing front and center in your priority list—something that many women struggle with. But just like the oxygen masks on an airplane, you can't take care of others if you don't take care of yourself first. By focusing on implementing small, healthy habits and making them a seamless part of your daily routine, you ensure that you can show up in all aspects of your life and for all the people in your life.

If you are struggling with increased stress, be specific and honest with your support system about your need to preserve your mental wellbeing. Prioritizing your needs will help you be there for other people you care about in your life.

I always refer back to a quote from a Dar Williams song—a song about therapy no less! "Oh, how I loved everybody else when I finally got to talk so much about myself." Talk about your needs with others and find time to develop healthy coping habits. And if you feel as though you've already created an unhealthy relationship with alcohol, discuss that relationship with a medical advisor to learn if advanced treatment is the right option for you.