Thermal imaging camera aids rural crime battle
POLICE in Lancashire are using a thermal imaging camera in the battle against rural crime.
The hand held device, which has been funded by money seized from criminals under the Proceeds of Crime Act, will be used both during the day and night time to snare criminals operating in rural areas of East Lancashire.
The equipment allows officers to see heat rather than light and will help them track down criminals in all weathers, even if they are wearing dark clothing or hiding in bushes.
The camera will also help to save valuable police resources as it will mean officers can be deployed on foot rather than using the police helicopter’s thermal imaging equipment to track down offenders.
Sgt Mick Dixon said: “The camera allows us to detect body heat so there is nowhere for criminals to hide.
“It is a welcome addition to the tactics we already use on a day to day basis to deter would be thieves and catch offenders. It will work in connection with FarmWatch, which will hopefully increase confidence and reassure members of the rural community.
“I urge residents to work with the police to combat rural crime. Anyone with information or concerns about suspicious behaviour should contact police immediately.”
Chief Inspector Julian Platt added: “This is a good example of where officers are working smarter and being innovative to secure funding for equipment we simply would not normally be able to afford. This camera will increase our chances of catching rural offenders who make off from the police in rural locations.”
- To see Farmers Guardian’s exclusive rural crime feature see this Friday’s paper.