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E-mail Robert: robert@smartpi.com
P.O. Box 721079, Oklahoma City, OK 73172-1079
Outside 405 area: 1-877-722-4461, Fax: 405-773-0303

President Oklahoma Sherriffs and Peace Officers Association

Board Member P.S.A.C. - Advisory Committee to C.L.E.E.T.

25 Years Law Enforcement Experience. Bachelors & Masters in Criminal Justice.

CLEET Instructor. 15 Years in Business as a Private Investigator.

Licensed in Oklahoma and Kansas.

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I get asked a lot of questions about Private Investigations techniques, tools, training - and even interesting stories! I also get asked questions about my C.L.E.E.T. Certified Training. It is my hope that this blog will instruct you in topics relating to the field of private investigation. It is also my hope that the topics and content you find here will help you navigate some of today's safety issues.

Suspicious Vehicle from Your Bedroom Window

The question is sometime asked what is a suspicious vehicle or suspicious activity. Below I give you a real-life example of what is a suspicious vehicle. On May 21 at approximately 12:30 AM I was closing the blinds to my upstairs bedroom. I had returned from a trip at 11:30 PM and when I drove in my garage notice there was no unusual vehicles on the street. As I went to close my window blinds, I saw a pickup parked across the street from my house and in between my neighbor’s houses on the street. I did not recognize the vehicle as one of my neighbor’s vehicles. The pickup was parked in such a manner that it did not appear to be someone visiting one of my neighbors. I watch the vehicle for approximately 15 minutes and did not notice any movement or any lights.  At this point, I decided the vehicle met the definition of a suspicious vehicle. Now you may ask why? 1) It was a vehicle that had never been in the area before, 2) It was parked in such a manner that it did not seem to be a visitor to a neighbor, 3) It was a vehicle I had never seen in a neighbor’s driveway, 4) The placement of the vehicle was indicative of someone possibly prowling the neighborhood or seeing heaven by the dashboard lights, by any standard it needed further investigation.  The worst foreseeable outcome would be that it was a visitor to a neighbor. I could afford to take that kind of a risk.  I called the Oklahoma City police and gave the dispatcher a description of the outside of the vehicle as I watched it through my upstairs window.  It was approximately 5 minutes later I saw an Oklahoma City scout car driving down the street with its lights off. The officer driving the vehicle drove past the vehicle and then returned back to the vehicle. Once he positioned himself properly behind the vehicle. He went up to the vehicle and found it was occupied by one male.  When it was all over and done with. I went out and talked with the officer and found out the occupant of the vehicle apparently had been kicked out of this residence and was just looking for a place to sleep. The vehicle left the area and I thanked the Oklahoma City police officer for his time and complemented him on his tactical approach of the vehicle. I hope this helps with helping to define suspicious activity or suspicious vehicles.

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