Police usage of armored surveillance vehicles becoming more widespread across the United States
Madison Ruppert, Contributing Writer
Monday, January 30, 2012
Recently, the Sun-Sentinel out of Fort Lauderdale, run by the Tribune Company which runs the Los Angeles Times, the Chicago Tribune, among others, covered how the Fort Lauderdale Police Department has deployed “The Peacemaker,” which is an armored bank truck converted into a surveillance powerhouse.
The police purchased the discontinued armored truck from Brink’s for $10 then retrofitted it with cameras on all of the bullet-proof windows and it now has the ability to stream live panoramic video to the police headquarters for up to 700 hours.
The truck is unmanned and emblazoned with slogans which read, “Warning: You are under video surveillance” and “Whatcha gonna do when we come for you?”
The strategy behind the Peacemaker is simple, almost laughably so. They believe that just leaving it in parked in areas in which there is a crime problem will act to curb criminal activity.
“Make no mistakes about it,” Detective Travis Mandell told the Sun-Sentinel. “We want people to know that we are watching the bad guys.”
It seems that they aren’t under the impression that they’ll actually catch people with the video captured by the Peacemaker, instead hoping that just having it present will act to deter crime in a significant way.