Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Homeless

We have all seen the man with a shopping cart, shambling along the street. The homeless are out there and sometimes they are victims, sometimes they are witnesses and sometimes they are suspects. Contacting the homeless can be dangerous. Most of them are on drugs, on alcohol, or crazy; sometimes all three.

To many people, the homeless have become invisible, so criminals often ignore them when committing crimes. The homeless can be a good source of information. It is a good idea to know the homeless who "live" in your area. Homeless are often territorial, so they frequently know their range. If something happens where they hang out you can interview them for leads, if you have already established a rapport with them. They may not be good witnesses in court, but you can work the leads they generate.

Contact your homeless on a regular basis. Learn who they really are and what their lifestyle is like. Are they drug uses, and what kinds of drugs? How do they support their habit, or even how do they get money for food? They often commit petty crimes, sell recycle items and even have money from friends, relatives or even an income. Use caution when making contact, that's what the SGT Says.

2 comments:

Protect_and_Serve said...

When I worked in LA I had a few homeless guys that were great CIs. It's amazing how much info a Marlboro will buy.

Bunkermeister said...

Yes, the homeless can provide lots of information and they work cheap.