General Rules of a Paranormal Investigation
1. Get permission, if possible, before venturing into a site.
2. Bring I.D.
3. Respect others and keep a positive attitude on an investigation, to the dead and alive alike.
4. Maintain the Buddy System; never leave a buddy alone!
Following these simple rules on a paranormal investigation will be a beneficial experience for everyone. Being arrested by the police or having people on the team horsing around while you are trying to gather evidence makes for a less than desirable investigation.
What is needed on an investigation
1.Flashlights (Two or three; light sticks may also be used as backup lights)
2.Audio Recorder (If you want to catch Electronic Voice Phenomena (EVP) then you need one of these. Adding an external mic to a recorder can improve EVP quality.)
3.EMF Detector (A good scientific device that detects changes in the Electro-Magnetic Field (EMF) in an area. Unexplained increase and decrease of the magnetic field strength in an area may help validate paranormal activity)
4.Digital/Hi-8 Camcorder (Night Vision is very handy when conducting an investigation in the dark)
5.Digital Camera (Cameras are able to catch things that our eyes do not normally pick up. Orbs, mists, ectoplasm and apparitions have been seen in many photos)
6.First Aid Kit. (Just in case someone gets hurt)
7.Walkie Talkie/Ham Radio. (Great tools to keep in contact other members on an investigation)
8.Extra Batteries. (Unexpected battery drain frequently occurs on investigations)
9.Notebook, Pen or Pencil. (Note taking helps prepare an Paranormal Investigator’s Report, which DAPS requests to be submitted after an investigation. Documenting events at the time they that take place may assist in correlating paranormal activity
10.Night Vision Equipment. (In some cases it is a excellent means of detecting unusual activity)
11. An Open Mind. (Negative feelings may drive spirits away. Just as a major portion of those living are good people, spirits of those that have already passed for the most part are not the devils and demons of our worst fears. In many cases ghosts are apparently confused, lost, sad, frustrated, and in need of an extra measure of understanding and compassion. Ghosts are people, too! Yes, some might be angry but those, along with entities of a purely evil nature, are much more of a minority than not)
12.Compass. Simple and effective ipicking up changes in the electro-magnetic field in an area. Erratic fluctuations of EMF can cause the pointer to spin wildly)
13.Thermometer. (Used to detect and verify cold spots)
14.Watch.(Everyone should wear a watch to note the exact time when recording or documenting findings)
Taking good notes during an investigation is important in properly filling out a Paranormal Investigator’s Report. These forms should be brought to each paranormal investigation. Please bring your own paper and pen. Otherwise, using audio recorders to make notes is acceptable.
All participants on a paranormal investigation are required to observe the buddy system on investigations, pairing up in a group of no less than two people. One person may be in charge of documentation at a given location, as the other takes photographs and/or operates other equipment. The documenter may also use equipment, but it is important for one person to be responsible for taking notes and completing a Paranormal Investigator’s Report.
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