How to be stealthy at night (with pictures)

How to be stealthy at night (with pictures)
How to be stealthy at night (with pictures)

Nighttime is a great time to sneak around, but if you have a roommate or share your room, you'll have to be cunning so you don't get caught.


Part 1 of 2: Prepare for your operation

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Step 1. Plan the right equipment

The most essential equipment is an alert mind, but there are other things that can help you too. Ropes or a climbing hook are always useful if you plan to climb trees. Leather gloves will help protect your hands, so it's not a bad idea to carry some with you.

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Step 2. Wear appropriate clothing

The garment is sensitive to the situation. It's always a good idea to stay in the shade, so olive green or dark blue are great for staying in the shade. Don't wear black as it can “cut out” your figure in the dark. Wearing camouflage, depending on the type of environments you are in, is even better, because in the shadows it approaches black, and when you are in a lightly lit space, you can blend in with the trees, bushes or grass.

Also wear clothes that don't make noise. In particular, do not wear clothing with buttons or items hanging from the fabric. Don't take your keys with you either! If you absolutely must keep them, remove any unnecessary key rings and wrap the remaining keys in a cloth, keeping them separate from each other

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Step 3. Wear the appropriate footwear

Shoes, too, are an important part of your outfit if you plan to be undetectable. The type of shoes you wear should reflect your stealth training. If you're just starting out, soft shoes with a light rubber coating on the sole are ideal. As you become a pro at it, you can wear normal shoes and possibly boots that will have a soft rubber sole. Whether you are indoors or outdoors, try to stay barefoot as much as possible, as this will minimize noise. If you are walking on the grass it may tickle your feet, but it's always better than being caught in the act.

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Step 4. Prepare your itinerary

If you know where you are going and what obstacles you are likely to encounter, you will be much better prepared. Identify any hiding places. Check who might be still awake.

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Step 5. Learn to identify sound sources

Identify any floors and squeaky or noisy objects that could get you caught. Also stay very close to the walls, this will reduce squeaking noises. Draw a map of your house and put a letter or number on the possible sources of squeaking or crackling. If you have enough room, write notes at the bottom of your card.

Walk as close to the edge of every creaky wall, floor, or staircase as possible. Old floors are generally more supported near the walls

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Step 6. Learn to walk

Your footwork is just as important as crouching to absorb the movement. The normal heel-to-toe rolling motion is ideal for walking quickly on grass and slower on hard surfaces. Keep in mind that the slower you move, the less noise you will make.

  • When walking through leaves or trying to stay quiet, keep your weight on your back foot, step your front foot forward, put it down slowly, and keep moving forward, which will absorb the movement in your knees and ankles. You should only land the ball of your foot, which will function as a cushion when your foot makes contact with the ground for these types of movements.
  • If you are operating in an environment that might obscure your noise, or there is a medium risk that you will be heard, lower your heel to the floor before touching it as you transfer your weight to the main foot.
  • To stay quiet indoors, breathe and walk to the beat of the room clock. If someone is sleeping in this room, she will be used to the sound of the clock, and it will help you hide your footsteps.
  • Put your foot flat when walking on gravel or if you are likely to move many small objects that could make noise. Absorb your steps as you normally would, but bring your foot into contact with the gravel at the same time to let your weight distribute evenly. Move slowly, even very slowly.
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Step 7. Know how to get through the doors

When you walk through a door under normal circumstances (shoulders very close to door jams), you can cause sound fluctuations (such as noise from air conditioners) and make people in the house realize you are there. The same applies when you sneak, you can deduce from the ambient noise the presence of a person. Go through the doors with your back to the wall, and stay perpendicular to the door. This will minimize the effect of ambient noise.

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Step 8. Master the sounds of your body

As much as possible, refrain from sneezing. If you have allergies, take your medication BEFORE you go on your excursion. But make sure it won't make you drowsy! If you feel the urge to sneeze, block your nose, close your eyes, and concentrate as much as possible so that you do NOT sneeze. Check out this article for more tips.

Part 2 of 2: Be stealthy like a pro

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Step 1. Be patient

To be silent and discreet means to be slow and careful. If your bed tends to creak, proceed with patience. What is five minutes of slow, precise movement compared to an entire night?

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Step 2. Let your eyes adjust to the dark

Find a place where you can stay still to give your eyes time to get used to the darkness before attempting to move. This will give you an advantage over anyone who is looking for you and will help you avoid hurting yourself. You can also make an eye patch and leave it on one eye before you go, to adjust that eye for darkness, then switch eyes once you're in a dark space. It takes 30 minutes for the human eye to fully adjust to night vision, and a burst of light may take another 30 minutes for your eyes to adjust again.

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Step 3. Learn to take advantage of light

Avoid light as much as possible, but know how to take advantage of it when you have it.This will help you stay unnoticed, especially since people tend to assume that they can see everything when a space is lit. Whenever possible, avoid using your own light sources, such as a flashlight or candle, unless you are sure you are in an area where no one can see you.

  • Standing in the dark behind a light source (like a fire or a searchlight) is a good way to hide, as the person's eyes will be adjusted to see the light, but not the darkness behind them.
  • The eye is more sensitive at night, so be careful when moving around in the dark and do not make any sudden or abrupt movements.
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Step 4. Listen to your surroundings

Keep your ears open: If there is someone upstairs and you hear movement or the floor creaking, immediately hide! Always have an idea of ​​hiding according to your position.

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Step 5. Crouch down to improve your stability

Stay in a squatting position as you move, and put your hands at the sides, at waist level, to detect any obstacles you may not have seen and to maintain balance. This will absorb the sound of your footsteps as you move forward by crouching a little lower. Do not squat at an angle of less than 90 degrees, unless you are holding onto something to bring one knee to the ground or to lie down, as your knees can be very sore.

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Step 6. Stay alert

One of your worst enemies is the surprise factor. Being caught off guard can not only get in your way, but cause you to make noise or lose control of the situation. The best way to tell if someone is approaching is to see them coming. If you can't see it, hearing it is the second best way to get ahead of the situation. Most people do not walk silently, and you will often hear them approaching. Before you are in sight, you will certainly have the time and opportunity to hide better if you haven't already.

Always assume that someone is actively looking for you, even if they are not at all. This will subconsciously force you to be more careful

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Step 7. Stay invisible

You can move slowly, even when you are potentially visible to a person. If you're a decent distance from her and she probably can't see you, lie down if your surroundings allow it. This will minimize your height and make you harder to spot. You can especially hide in dark areas or areas covered with foliage.

  • If you are wearing camouflage clothing or a dark color, it will help you hide in the dark. Just slip into a shaded area and breathe gently.
  • Once she enters your range of hearing, you should stop moving and maintain absolute calm.
  • If you are within easy reach of the person advancing towards you, do not move. If you're not perfectly concealed, standing still will help you sort out this dilemma, but if you can, curl up and try to cover the features of your shoulders and head. It will give your body a less human form.
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Step 8. Manipulate ambient noise

Learning how to make animal noises will make people less suspicious if they hear you, but it won't always work. If you plan to use animal noise, make sure it matches your surroundings. Do not reproduce the call of the turkey in Alaska or that of the robin in the Caribbean. Plus, make sure you know how to reproduce it well - there's nothing worse than getting caught when your roommate hears a duck squeal resembling the horn of an old car. Also, if you have a recorder, you can use different sounds to be more realistic and convincing. Make sure that animal noise is the only thing recorded and that there are no background noises like river water or children playing in the background.

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Step 9. Know how to predict the movement of others

This will allow you to adapt your own movements. When you want to be stealthy, you can meet people. Waiting for them to pass won't always be an option - you'll have to find ways to manipulate and get around them. It means learning to analyze their behavior and predict what they will do.

  • Watch the breathing of a sleeping person: regular breathing means the person is awake or almost awake! Shallow breathing means that person is sleeping lightly, but you need to be careful! Snoring means deeper sleep, but you should still take precautions.
  • Distract them if you have to bypass them. For example, if someone is looking in the wrong direction, roll or throw a small object (like a coin) to create a noise in another direction and be able to take cover. Do not use such a distraction if she already suspects another person is present.
  • If you need to get something out of a box close to that person, take the box as far as you can, open it slowly, and carefully pick up what you need. If closing it might make noise, close it under a blanket or pillow, then put it back.
  • If you must avoid someone, try to match your steps with theirs and avoid breathing too hard. Also, if your target is talking with a friend next to them, make sure you are on the opposite side, as the target might be looking at their friend and seeing you. For example, if your target is on the left and their friend is on the right, stay slightly to the left.
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Step 10. Know how to escape

Normally when you escape you have been discovered and act haphazardly to hide or run away. Ignore any discretion and put some distance between yourself and the person who caught you in the act so that you can hide again and sneak up. If you don't think you've been seen, flee as carefully as possible. Then you can hide, wait until the threat has passed, and continue doing what you were doing: becoming invisible.

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Step 11. Prepare an excuse

You can get caught, but by being smart you can get rid of any suspicion about what you were doing. Prepare a plausible excuse the other person would be able to accept.

  • If you hear someone approaching and you are caught in the act inside your house, look sleepy and yawn and then say, “I got up for a drink of water. This will usually work, but don't overdo it, as your loved ones may be suspicious.
  • If you sneak into the guest bedroom, accidentally go through the wrong window, and end up in their parents' bedroom (or worse, the wrong house), plan a code name for yourself. and your friends. For example, if you are in the wrong house and the owner wakes up or moves as if he woke up, you might shout, “Damn, Rachid! This is not Fred's house! And go: the owners will think you are trying to prank a friend and will not know your identity. Do the same if you have entered the wrong room (replacing “house” with “room”).
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Step 12. Think about your safety

If you are going to an area where you are not completely safe, educate yourself, and if you do not feel comfortable, plan your outing. If you don't feel safe in any area, you shouldn't go there. Bringing a weapon or item to defend yourself can dramatically increase the problems you may encounter if you get caught. A concealed weapon can result in even more severe punishment. It is important to remember that this is all just a game and if you are afraid enough that you feel the need to have a weapon on you, you should either do something else or not go through this area.


  • If you have to jump to get around an obstacle, land with your knees slightly bent and once you hit the ground bend your knees so that you are in a similar position as you would on a skateboard. Landing on the tips of your feet can also reduce the sound.
  • If someone says they know you're there, don't give up. If he's not looking your way, he's probably lying. Try to stay as quiet as possible, and sneak up quietly when the person is gone.
  • If you have to hide, try to climb. Go up a tree, on a low roof, anything that will put you out of a person's normal line of sight. If someone is looking for you, they will likely be looking at the ground or at eye level.
  • When crossing a driveway or yard, be careful not to turn on the security lights as you may get caught.
  • When you find your hiding place, make sure you don't move.
  • If you need a quick escape, learn the basics of parkour, like the Wall Pass, Basic Vault, and Kong Vault. Knowing these moves will help you greatly if you want to be stealthy.
  • When you prank a friend, it's more fun to bring another friend with you. Just make sure he understands what's going on and knows the way back in case you go our separate ways. The more discreet should be in front in order to detect possible threats faster than the beginner.
  • If possible, do a little stretching session before you start. This will help you prevent injury, fatigue, and noise caused by the joints.
  • Use a flashlight with a red bulb or with a red filter if you absolutely need a light. If you have access to an infrared filter, like those used in photography, try installing it on your flashlight. Using a red light will help, as it will allow your eyes to adjust to the low light.
  • Do not walk on the road or in areas where vehicles pass. Car lights will reveal your location, especially if someone is looking for you.


  • Try to tell a friend when you plan to go out, in case you get hurt.
  • Video cameras provide undeniable proof of the hilarious expression your friend will make when you prank them, but they can also incriminate you later.
  • Don't wear sandals, they make too much noise.
  • Know the neighborhood well. In a neighborhood with a high crime rate, hiding can be very dangerous. People could immediately expect the worst and do something really bad for you.
  • Do not go where you are likely to be attacked by a wild animal.
  • Avoid going to private property unless you know the resident personally. This is not only illegal, but the owner may have a gun or a large dog (for example, a German Shepherd) in order to protect himself from possible intruders.
  • Make sure you don't hide in other people's yards unless you know them well or in an emergency. You risk being seen as a burglar.
  • If you're trying to escape, don't do anything beyond your ability. For example, do not jump from a window that is too high. You could be injured or caught.

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