THE INTERNET IS YOUR FRIEND
Often prep for scouting, and much of the scouting itself, can be conducted using publicly accessible information online - use this to enrich your action planning.
Scouting a potential action site is a crucial step in putting on impactful actions whilst keeping group members safe. This resource gives some initial tips to scouting and shares a great resource from friends at The Ruckus Society.
Here are some of the top tips to keep in mind when scouting
- Make a list of what you need to learn from the scouting. This could be the height of a target, the number of doors, etc. Arrive to the scout with a clear intention and understanding of what you need to consider.
- Work out when you want to scout. Whether night or day, during opening hours or the weekend, it is important to consider when – to balance both your own security and the information gained.
- Prep is crucial. Consider reviewing the site using Streetview or similar tools. Make sure you have a cover story and any relevant kit (such as binoculars and measuring devices).
- Make sure you work as a team. Often for more complicated actions, scouting can be done in teams. Ensure you all know different responsibilities, where to meet up, and similar rules of working.
- Consider how you are going to report back. Might you want to present and give photos, or is this a word of mouth conversation within a group. How you want to report back influences how you scout.
For a wider reflection on these concerns, check out this amazing resource from The Ruckus Society:
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