Part I - Throw Yourself Away and Build a New You
Before you go to ground, destroy as much of the old you as possible. You want to go beyond making yourself disappear: You want to make it seem as if you never existed. This means that you should do as much of the following as possible before and after you disappear
Destroy all photographs you have access to before you disappear. Delete your entire online identity and request friends and family also get rid of any images that contain your face. This includes family volumes of photographs that family members have. Your family members may or may not be supportive, but at least try to get rid of the most recent and recognizable records of your face. If you destroy all photographs of you, they can’t be shown around gas stations and quick food stops.
Discard all your worldly possessions except cash. Most importantly destroy and discard all of your credit cards. The instant you use a credit card or an ATM bank card while on the run is the instant the authorities or private investigators know where you are. Before you run you should empty all bank accounts anyway. In fact, any magnetic card with your name or the name of someone you know can and will be used to find your general area. Destroy them all.
Purchase clothes you normally wouldn’t consider wearing and put them on in a place where you won’t be observed. Cut your old clothes into pieces and flush them down the toilet.
Abandon your car. Don’t bother driving your car into a lake or an ocean. Since you’re giving up an asset, make giving it up work for you. Abandoning your car in a place where you feel confident it will be stripped and sold by thieves is a good idea.
Leave the pink slip of the car in the glove box to make it easier for thieves to chop and sell your abandoned car. Leave a door unlocked so they don’t have to break a window. You want the car to be taken in mass rather than picked apart on the street where a cop will spot it so it’s best that you leave the key in the ignition while you’re at it. Before you walk away from your car, leave the engine running, in fact, so that a thief will feel more comfortable stealing it.
Purchase another car. In America one can slap down $500.00 and buy a pile of junk with no questions asked and no identification needed. If the seller has the pink slip and a key, you buy it if it’s cheap and doesn’t have anything a cop might consider stopping you for a safety violation.
Don’t fill up your newly-acquired car with any of your personal belongings. You need to discard everything you own and don’t let it show that you’re doing anything other than commuting to or from work. Even if the cop doesn’t stop you, if word gets around that you’ve gone missing, the cop is more likely to remember a stuffed car than all the countless cars simply commuting. They’ll match your profile against your description and may recall the general — if not the exact — type of car you may be driving. If you want to escape notice of the cops, you need to blend in.
Cops work off of profiles: They are trained to spot the unusual as well as how to spot individuals fitting a variety of profiles. Someone on the run fits several profiles. You want to “fall out of the net” and slip through the typical police profiles.
A cup of coffee on the dashboard in front of a guy or gal wearing work clothes arouses no suspicions. You’re on your way to work, not running from someone. Lean back in your seat, left arm on the window sill, right hand on the steering wheel at the 6:00 O’Clock position. Take a sip of your coffee, water, or Diet Coke every now and then, and try to act like you’re a mindless commuter getting from point A to point B.
Don’t tell anyone where you’re planning to go or what you’re planning to do. For as long as possible, don’t ask friends for help or shelter — most of all never ask family members! Don’t telephone anyone to say “good bye.” Don’t have any contact with friends or family! Police authorities will monitor their residential lines and private investigators can easily tap loop-start residential lines with not much more than two pieces of equipment costing all of $200.00 each.
Leave town. Don’t go to any place you’ve talked about or stated a desire to visit. Don’t run to any place predictable. Don’t hide in a city or town you’ve ever been to or contains known family members.
Alter your buying habits. When you throw your old self away, you need to discard as many predictable patterns as possible. One of the most common mistakes when hiding is maintaining old habits. This may seem an unusual step but you’re working toward disappearing. Patterns are predictable. Break them.