Thermal imaging is the future of crime fighting

The military has been using infrared technology for decades with proven success. Early on, thermal imaging drone with thermal imaging cameracameras were very expensive and only the military could afford to buy them.  Yet with the increase and demand for IR technology, thermal imaging camera’s are more affordable. Law Enforcement agencies are now taking advantage of the lower prices and equipping helicopters, drones and special units with the cameras. 


Good guy or suspect?

The increased use of thermal imaging cameras on drones and helicopters as a crime stopper does not come without some obstacles.  For example, the thermal imager “reads” the heat coming off an object or person and projects this image back to the operator. This is good to see someone moving in the woods but the details of the person are undetectable.

Why is this a challenge? 

In the case of pursuing a suspect, the operator of the thermal camera will not be able to distinguish the good guy from the suspect.  Following a vehicle would be just as challenging. The police car will be difficult to distinguish from the rest of the cars on the road. Unless the thermal operator never takes their eye off of the suspect, he will lose track of who is the police and who is the suspect. 


Thermal markers eliminate the confusion

A12 thermal view of markerThermal markers made with thermal infrared film are now available to eliminate this confusion. Made to work with a thermal imaging camera, a thermal marker attached to people or vehicles will effectively locate who is where during the operation. 

With the help of infrared science, the marker will reflect back to the camera a black or white signature (depending on camera settings), clearly telling the camera operator where they are.  


The future of marking police vehicles and personnel 

With the exponential increase in thermal imaging devices across all jurisdictions to fight crime, IR Tools™ has tested and approved a durable thermal marker for Police vehicles and personnel.

This “silent partner”  is the future of police marking and will positively impact the use of thermal imaging cameras in fighting and preventing crime. 


See the eye-popping difference 

Currently, the vinyl markers used today are difficult to see at a distance, will completely disappear in the dark, and can only be viewed with the naked eye. Basically, handicapping any thermal imaging camera’s effectiveness.  

On the other hand, Thermal film markers are visible 24/7, function in inclement weather conditions and can be seen with the naked eye and a thermal imaging camera. 

We took a vinyl and thermal film letter “K” and laid them side by side on a police car.  You can see them both with the naked eye but when viewed with the thermal imager the thermal “K” is eye-popping. 

The difference is astounding!  Watch video!


Contact me today and let me help you advance the use of your thermal imaging device with a set of thermal film markers. 

These markers are currently available in black, 24″ letter and numbers or a custom design.




 The Author

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Tom founded IR.Tools™ in 2006. He has embraced manufacturing premium IR patches, panels, thermal markers, and thermal targets to better protect and train the military and law enforcement communities.  Always the innovator, he is always thinking out of the box. Currently he has 21 awarded patents, and 14 patents pending. Tom received his BS and MS in Mechanical Engineering from the Univ. of MD, College Park and his MBA from Regents Univ.