1. Scout areas in daylight so you are familiar with the area. Look for dangerous places and obstacles that you will not be able to see in the dark.
2. Look for no trespassing signs. Make sure you are not trespassing. If you are on private property you are risking getting a ticket or arrested in some areas. You can get permission from many owners and or caretakers. We will often notify the local Police that we will be in a grave yard "taking pictures" so they are aware of our presence. If you are asked to leave do so immediately, you will not win this argument and you make other investigators look bad if you make a scene
3. Make sure you bring you ID. (drivers license, etc.) so if you are questioned by the police you can prove who you are.
4. Never go alone. This is just common sense. If you get hurt, who will get help?
5. Find out all you can about the history of the locale. Newspapers, town historians, WWW and books can be helpful finding folklore or hard facts about the site. The books and web pages dealing with this type of info is enormous.
What To Bring: 35mm camera Digital Camera Flashlight w/ Spare batteries First Aid Kit Notebook and Pens Jackets and a Watch Video Camera Tape Recorder Cell Phone