b. When conducting a detailed room search:
(1) Move into the room, stand with eyes closed, and listen.
Frequently, clockwork timing
devices can be detected without special equipment.
(2) Divide the room into equal parts according to the number of objects to be searched, not the
size of the room.
(3) The first sweep of the room includes a check of all objects from the floor to waist level. This
sweep will take the most time and effort because it includes almost all items of furniture,
underneath rugs, as well as items built into the wall.
(4) The second sweep, in the most cases, will include all items from waist to ceiling. Under
some conditions, false ceiling spaces, heating ducts and indirect lighting fixtures may be left
for a third sweep.
(5) The room search is ended only when the person in charge is satisfied that an adequate
search has been made. Remember the searcher should never say, "There is no device."
He should only say, "No device was found."
9. Summary. A systematic search for an IED can provide a very accurate search, when speed is of
the utmost concern. You must find the device, before the device can be RSP'd, so planning and
implementing a systematic search with trained people may very likely save a life and valuable