Does Your Density Meter Detect Explosives?

A density meter is a piece of equipment that is used by law enforcement and US Customs and Border Protection agents to detect illegal substances or contraband. This contraband may be hidden in places where it would otherwise be difficult, impractical, or even impossible to get to in order to see with the naked eye. Campbell/Harris Security Equipment Company (CSECO) manufactures the best density meter available today.

It used to be that these agents had to do the best they could with their eyes when searching for contraband. This resulted in damage to the searched vehicle when the search included inside seat cushions or behind panels. Unfortunately, there were many times when the smuggled items were not found. This led to the request of the federal government to have a device developed that would eliminate the need to damage an item in order to determine whether or not it held something other than usual. They turned to the founder of CSECO, Pat Campbell, because he had already developed a soil density gauge. He took the technology used for that tool and created the Buster K910B Density Meter.

The Buster detects an object’s density through the use of a low-intensity gamma radiation emission. These emissions reach to about six inches in depth. The density of common objects is known, and if the meter's response does not match up with the expected number, further examination is required.  CSECO also has other tools which assist with contraband detection including the Perfect Vision V20 Videoscope Inspection System which can be used in conjunction with the Buster.

The Buster has an add-on, called “Rad-Aware,” that allows it to also detect radiation. Because this includes the substances used in nuclear explosives, it makes the Buster an excellent option for explosives detection. These devices are also useful for setting up a safe area if a bomb is detonated, keeping people away from dangerous radiation levels.

The Buster can scan for dirty bombs or other contraband through a large variety of materials, including metal, wood, and plastics (even reinforced plastic). It can find hidden compartments filled with illegal items. It is capable of detecting a variety of substances, which can be determined by visual and audible information displayed on its integrated screen.

Density meters that can detect explosives are tools that make it much easier for US Customs and Border Protection agents and law enforcement officers to do the job they are expected to do, with a much lower failure rate than was common before such technology became accessible. Whether the contraband being detected is cash, weapons, drugs, or bombs, the Buster density meter will ferret it out and allow the border protection or law enforcement agencies to confiscate it and keep it from hitting the black market.

If the density meter your agency is using does not include a radiation detector, you may want to consider upgrading to the Buster density meter by CSECO, which does include it.

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Tony Harris, President and CEO, and Pat Campbell, founder, of CSECO explain about the Buster density meter and other contraband detectors.

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