Area Evaluation and Threat Analysis
SPOTS conducts thorough analysis of areas in which we are required to operate. Studies of topographical characteristics and features, road infrastructure, general infrastructure, communications (cell phone signal availability) and a number of other facets are studied in order to assist with the determination of a risk profile for the area.
This data is then analysed and plays a role in determining the vulnerability of an area to poaching. It furthermore gives us a good indication of where we should locate and focus our observation points, location of operations personnel, potential area-wide road closures in the event of a poaching incident,radio network repeaters, and air surveillance capabilities.
Reserve Threat Profile
SPOTS undertakes thorough analysis of individual reserves/farms in order to establish a risk/threat profile which takes into consideration vulnerable points of entry and exit, communications availability, topographical characteristics which would benefit/aid poachers, topographical characteristics which will aid anti-poaching teams, the determination of potential observation posts, the general security of the reserve, the quality of reserve personnel and their respective training needs, the quality of radio communications capability, the strategic location of the respective property in relation to the area, and the potential for the establishment of a SPOTS operating base on the property. At the conclusion of this analysis, SPOTS is in a position to determine an anti-poaching strategy and plan for the individual property/reserve.
This plan will include:
SPOTS Anti-poaching Services
SPOTS anti-poaching operators are well equipped, well armed and skilled in many aspects including counter insurgency, bush craft and bush warfare, tracking and hot pursuit, and intelligence gathering. Should the reserve not have sufficient of their own anti-poaching personnel and should they wish to employ said personnel, then SPOTS offers to assist in the selection/employment process and the training of personnel.
Remote Census and Surveillance
SPOTS possesses particular individuals with significant skill set in this area and offers services in this regard, both for the conducting of remote census using satellite imaging as well as for the arial monitoring of potential incursions. SPOTS is currently using UAS technology to assist us in this regard.
Crime Scene Management
SPOTS has a professional internal Crime Analyst. This is a vital aspect of the successful apprehension and prosecution of those making a poaching attempt. Too often, the perpetrators of wildlife crime, including poaching, are successful in their attempts to evade prosecution due to ineffective crime scene management. This service is offered to all who require it and it has proved very successful thus far.
SPOTS has been and continues to be very instrumental in the development, testing and deployment of technologies with which to fight this onslaught. GPS tracking technology, better RF systems, UAV's, remote census solutions and thermal/infrared systems are playing and will continue to play an escalating role in our fight against poaching.
Area Involvement and Responsibility
SPOTS believes that for each landowner/reserve to concentrate effort on only their reserve/property does not suffice. All landowners/reserves have to work together to ensure that the whole area becomes more secure. To this end, SPOTS works with individual owners/reserves in areas towards area-wide security/anti-poaching patrolling. This patrolling involves, in the main, vehicle based patrolling.