Unlike two or three decades ago, contraband detectors have become more accessible, and manufacturers are constantly figuring out ways to make them better than their competitors’ – specifically, more effective and easier to use.
Campbell/Harris Security Equipment Company (CSECO) should be the first thing to come to mind when it comes to the most effective and most user-friendly contraband detectors. And CSECO doesn’t merely try to satisfy clients because the company strives to continue to improve their products in their aim to make contraband detection gear more towards producing the desired results and easier to use.
The Buster density meter is CSECO’s first and the most famous contraband detection equipment. The first was the Buster K910B, which was developed and created by Patrick J. Campbell, with direct input from Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers who tested it on the field to ensure its durability and effectiveness.
The Buster K910B, the world’s first density meter used by law enforcement had proven to be effective in detecting and seizing hidden contraband and useful for law enforcement officers patrolling the state and national borders, airports, terminals, seaports and harbors. It has helped them in detecting and seizing multiple billions of dollars’ worth of illegal drugs and narcotics, as well as cash and other valuable items including weapons and explosives.
The Buster has been hailed as the “gold standard” of contraband detection, and its second and latest iteration, the Buster K910G, is made even better and safer for use.
The Buster’s effectiveness lies on the technology it uses. Like the K910B, the K910G still uses the low-intensity gamma radiation emitter and scintillation detector to quickly scan items and areas suspected of hiding contraband: a wide range of vehicles (from cars to trucks to sea vessels), walls, floors and furniture.
The Buster is designed in a way that allows a user to determine whether an item or area tests positive for hiding contraband in just a matter of minutes. No need for relying on gut feelings, no more dismantling of items, leading to faster, more convenient, mess-free and trouble-free inspections.
The Buster K910G still has the RAD-Aware feature which helps in detecting traces of radiation. It allows first responders to set up safety boundaries for other officers and civilians in the event of dirty-bomb detonation or any other radioactive leaks. Adding to the wonders of the K910G is the absence of lead-based components, making it the safest density meter on the market so far!
Despite the newest updates to the Buster K910G, CSECO still makes sure that the tool is user-friendly like the K910B. It features audible and visual alerts that provide indication of abnormally high reading of a suspected object’s density. It’s also easy to use – just hold the Buster against the object you are about to scan and press the “mode” button on to start scanning – and the audible mode will automatically be activated. The Buster will set itself to the current readings on the surface. Users will also be able to see the change in the density by looking at the Buster’s visual readouts.
While the Buster is an effective tool, law enforcement agents can also add another excellent product from CSECO, the Perfect Vision V20 Videoscope Inspection System. It is designed in a manner that allows for less complex, more effective and safer visual inspections, something that most fiberscopes on the market do not seem to have.
Physically, what makes the Perfect Vision V20 videoscope a standout is its large, multi-directional, high-resolution color LCD monitor that allows for clearer view of the interiors being inspected, leading to easier and less exhausting ocular inspections.
Another thing that appeals the Perfect Vision V20 videoscope to the users is its handiness. It comes in one piece, so you don’t need any bothersome camera attachments. It also has a slot for an SD card which allows for easy on-board storage of thousands of photographic evidences, or a total of about six hours of video clips.
The videoscope’s monitor feature also comes with push-button dimming and digital zoom which allows for clearer, closer and more detailed visual inspections.
The videoscope’s shaft which is inserted into the suspected object is flexible, highly resistant to fuel, and comes with a powerful light at the tip -- ideal for inspections during the evening or in darker places. You can easily insert the Perfect Vision into a gas tank, into a dashboard, and into crevices on the walls that are large enough for the end. The Perfect Vision V20 videoscope also comes with long-life rechargeable batteries.
It is also the first visual inspection tool certified safe by the Underwriters Laboratory (UL), known the world over for setting safety standards for electrical components and devices. This UL safety certification allows the Perfect Vision V20 videoscope to be used even high-risk areas like gas tanks, without accidentally starting sparks or malfunctions.
The question may persist among law enforcement agencies: “Which contraband detectors are effective and easy to use?” For sure answers, turn to CSECO’s world-class contraband detection tools that are not only durable, effective and safe, but also quite user-friendly.