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Using Hand-Held Infrared Imaging Devices, Either Airborne Or Surface
Author(s): Jim Faith
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Paper Abstract

Generally speaking, the Probeye Infrared Viewer has been used by many law enforcement agencies throughout the U.S. The names of these agencies which I will be quoting from have been omitted so as to not be misconstrued as an endorsement of our product. The following is what one agency found in the helicopter night patrol: "We found that it was very easy to locate vehicles with warm engines. This could be very productive in apprehension of industrial burglars during late hours. We had a unit check two vehicles which appeared to have warm engines. The first vehicle was warm, however, the second engine was cold; we had the unit recheck the second vehicle and he found a large dog in the cab. This was the only apparent heat source in the vicinity of the vehicle. We responded to a disturbance call in which a unit was holding three suspects. As we arrived, we were advised that there were possibly more suspects in the area. We scanned the area with the device and observed an object in a yard near the location. We directed deputies to the object and they found a suspect hiding under a hedge. The suspect was arrested for prowling. We were dispatched to the Lennox area to search for a kidnap-rape suspect on foot in a large field. Although we did not locate the suspect, we did locate and identify all of the searching deputies, numerous cats and dogs, and a large bag of fertilizer inside a greenhouse. We used the Probeye in the industry area on one P.M. shift. We found the device very useful for patrol work. The ability to search large vacant areas for suspects without turning on the light is a great benefit. Additionally industrial areas may be checked for suspicious (warm) vehicles. I feel it is a very valuable tool for our work

Paper Details

Date Published: 20 September 1977
PDF: 2 pages
Proc. SPIE 0108, Optics in Security and Law Enforcement I, (20 September 1977); doi: 10.1117/12.955497
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Jim Faith, Hughes Aircraft Corporation, Inc. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0108:
Optics in Security and Law Enforcement I
Charles Freeman; Sol Nudelman; Joseph C. Richmond, Editor(s)

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