Going underground

Among my more exciting assignments of late was a day spent undercover with a team of private investigators looking into insurance claims. I learned how to spot a a surveillance team, how not to be seen,  and how it’s slightly less glamorous than it looks on the telly. Oh, and how there’s much, much more of it than you’d think. Women make the best surveillance operatives I’m told – but you have to be prepared to sit still in the back of a white van for eight hours at a time. I’m not planning a career change.

Author: Katie Puckett

I am an experienced journalist, copywriter and editor who has covered the built environment for nearly 20 years. I’ve interviewed thousands of senior executives, politicians and experts in many fields and travelled to report on stories throughout Europe, the US, the Gulf states and India. My articles have appeared in many business and professional titles including Building, Estates Gazette, Inside Housing, the Bartlett Review, Insurance Times and Lloyd’s Market. I am co-author, with architect Bill Gething, of Design for Climate Change, published by RIBA, and I launched and edit The Possible, a thought leadership magazine for global engineering firm WSP. I'm also co-founder of Wordmule, an editorial studio that specialises in buildings and cities.