Escape & Evade

Whether you're trying to evade a hostile military force, kidnappers in a foreign land, or a group of looters or rioters in a situation of civil unrest, the following information can help for disguising your movement and remaining undetectable while on the run.

1) Mask Your Movements
2) Avoid "Flagging"
3) Look and Act Like a Local (Gray Man)
General Rules:
Stalker and Surveillance Detection and Response:
There are a number of reasons why a person has the potential to be stalked or under surveillance in everyday life. Having the skills of detecting surveillance and thwarting it is an underappreciated survival skill many don't learn. It is an important tool to help you prevent becoming a victim. Those wishing to do you harm follow the rules that all predators do; they watch before they attack and wait for the opportunity to get you alone. Be a survivor, not a statistic. Here are some things to do:
Always be aware of your surroundings (situational awareness)
If you "feel" or notice you are being followed
- Change your routine. Be unpredictable.
- Detect your stalker by walking/driving in circles to see if they follow the same route
- Set up an ambush to scare or have the stalker arrested. Continue your route while calling the police with your location and description of the stalker.
- If you want to evade your stalker, use the Escape & Evade tactics identified on this page.
Understanding how surveillance works will help you defend against it. There are plenty of resources on the web but here are a few:
What to do If You Are Being Followed
How to know & What to do If You Are Being Followed
How to Check if You Are Under Surveillance
Secrets of Countersurveillance
The Art of Surveillance 1
The Art of Surveillance 2

Hiding From Thermal and Night Vision:
Thermal Imaging, also called passive infrared, works by picking up the infrared radiation – basically heat – radiated by objects, and displaying the different temperatures. It doesn’t matter how expertly camouflaged something is – if it's warmer or cooler than its background, it will show up. Unlike standard night vision devices, thermal imagers don’t need any light at all to pick you up. They can see through mist and smoke. They penetrate rain and falling snow, although those can reduce their range by more than half. If a thermal imager is scanning for you it's much harder to hide but not impossible to evade detection. Read How to Trick Thermal Imaging    [Video 1]    [Video 2]

Night Vision, basically, allows what can be seen in the daylight to be seen in complete darkness. You can see clearly what people are wearing or holding or what they are doing. It is also very flexible in that it can work in a lot of different environments—indoors and outdoors, cityscape, woodland scape, etc. It can see through glass, where thermal may not, but it doesn't see through fog, smoke, tall grass, foliage and walls, as thermal might. [Video]

Hiding from Night Vision or a Thermal Imager follows the same basic principles as hiding from anything else. Your challenge is to avoid standing out in the sensor display. If your pursuer has a conventional scope you do that with camouflage; if he has a thermal imager you'll need to adapt your techniques to focus on hiding body heat, but the basic aim is the same. Hide behind things, Block your body heat, Match your background, Use the crossover times of day (just after sunrise (dawn), and again just after sunset (dusk)).
How to Choose Between Night Vision Or Thermal Optics
Night Vision or Thermal: What’s Better for Your SWAT Operation?
How to Evade Surveillance Recognition:
Our Anonymity is a Thing of the Past. Why? Because, not only does government and "big tech" want to control the population, they want a complete audio and video surveillance of every person to know where they are going and what they are doing. In his article Low-Tech Solutions To High-Tech Tyranny, Brandon Smith provides suggestions on how to defeat surveillance such as:
Become aware of, and educated about, security cameras
Wear baseball caps and sunglasses to break up the outline of your face, ears, and noticeable facial "quirks" and characteristics peculiar to you
Cover identifying scars, birthmarks and tattoos with clothing or masking creams
Avoid spending large amounts of time directly underneath the little camera-domes, camera lenses, and recording devices
Position yourself so others (and cameras) can't see what's on your smartphone or computer screen
Use mylar emergency space blanket material (reflects about 90% body heat) to mask from heat-sensing equipment
Use makeup and prosthetics to help hide bone structure
Wear a knee brace to change the gait of your walk
"Blind" cameras by shining a bright light in the lense of a camera
Wear ear plugs to avoid riot-control sound devices
Build a personal EMP disrupter to destroy electronic surveillance equipment

If Abducted / Kidnapped:
How to Survive an Abduction or Hostage Situation
The Initial (Corporate) Response to a Kidnapping
8 steps to negotiate kidnap & ransom demands

Escaping Restraints:
[Video]    [Article 1]    [Article 2]    [Article 3]

TRACKING / SEARCH & RESCUE: Knowing how to find a lost person, or tracking an animal, may save a life and provide food but it can also help in evading the enemy. If you are the one seeking to be rescued (or being tracked), be sure that those who may seem to be your rescuers are actually your rescuers. Observe them for a period of time that satisfies you that their intentions are to your benefit and not to do you harm. Not all who find you are your rescuers so don't assume they are worthy of your trust.
References and Related Links:
Street Survival: What the Homeless Can Teach Us When Life Throws a Curve Ball
Camouflage: Hide in Plain Sight
SERE Training Tactics: Best Way To Turn Yourself “Invisible” On The Run!
Escape and Evasion: Surviving Kidnappings and Forced Captivity
Building a Personal Defense Strategy
Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape Handbook