Surveillance teams, watch lists,
gang stalking and targeted individuals


Basic mechanism
  Surveillance team app
  Surveillance team tactics
Response in target
  Confusion phase
  Watch list removal
  Other effects
Role in society
  Social media
  Watching the watchers
  Mass shootings/murders
  Popular culture
  Other uses of the term
  Other components
  Temporary evasion  


Serial vs parallel stalking

The term gang in gang stalking evokes an image of a street gang all following someone in parallel, when in fact the gang is a large surveillance team who follow the target mostly in serial, ie. taking it in turns to stalk them along their route, with a frequency of perhaps on average 1 new stalker per street.

Surveillance teams will consist of at least 50 people in, for example, a city. The members of the team will take it in turns to stalk a target that is 'on the move' street by street or location by location. This stalking will be done mainly in serial (i.e. they will line the target's route in a pass the baton fashion), though it can oftentimes be in parallel (i.e. multiple members of the surveillance team are surrounding the target at any one time). Potentially there can be dozens of members of the surveillance team surrounding one target at any one time.

The guise of the surveillance teams

In order to attempt to make the stalking 'covert' the members of the surveillance team will be branded as regular members of the community - such as taxi drivers, delivery drivers, milk floats (in the early morning), motorbikes with L plates, joggers, cyclists, dog walkers etc. and will try to blend into the rest of the community. The vehicles used are real company vehicles, such as taxis, that the company running the surveillance team will be paying the local company to use.

Any type of vehicle or person that would be 'out and about' traveling all over the place is a candidate for the disguising of the surveillance team members. This disguising allows the members of the surveillance teams to 'hide in plain sight'. The members of the surveillance teams are mostly adults, but may also include young people - i.e. 'child spies'.

The fact that they are made to look like regular members of the community is why it is sometimes referred to as community stalking or community harassment.

They never have a real purpose for being near the target, only a fake one.

Fig 5. This is what a surveillance team looks like.

'Surveillance role play' / 'street theatre'

When trying to blend in, they will often 'act' in order to appear convincing. A fake taxi, for example, will pretend to have passengers in the back of the taxi (when they are actually also members of the surveillance team). A fake taxi will also drop passenger's off and pick them up in order to try to create the illusion of being real. Another person might be standing in the middle of the road with a phone to their ear, pretending to be on the phone. Another person may be near the target with the car bonnet flipped, pretending to fix their vehicle.

The target notices the unlikely nature of this often very bad acting and how their world has suddenly changed from how it used to be - in terms of traffic flow and unlikely and strange things happening all along their journey - and most commonly refers to this continuous acting all along their route as 'street theatre'.

Rotation of the surveillance teams around the country

It's likely that someone being stalked will attempt to track the number plates of the cars stalking them. In order to prevent this, the surveillance teams are rotated around the country, so that on each day there is a new surveillance team operating in a particular area. If the target attempts to track the number plates, therefore, it will be practically impossible. The effect of this rotation is that, over time, the individual will have literally thousands of stalkers going through the middle of their life.

Color coordination and hand signals

Members of the surveillance team will sometimes color coordinate themselves - such as having mostly red or white vehicles, or all wearing items of red clothing. They will also use very subtle hand signal gestures to communicate with other members of the team, for example, indicating the target's position (hand signals are a common form of communication in many industries in everything from police and military to sport referees to crane operators). As they are subtle, these hand signals may only be visible when recording the members of the surveillance team with a camera with optical zoom.

CCTV camera's used as an adjunct

There are not enough CCTV camera's to follow an individual 24/7, but they are linked in with the mobile surveillance system and are used as an adjunct. If the target on the watch list manages somehow to evade surveillance they will be picked up again where CCTV cameras are located.


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