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Using Night Vision and Thermal Technology To Protect Your Home. The rural home is typically safer than your average urban dwelling, but, according to USA Today, a majority of rural states continue to see an increase in property crimes.
Rural life can be a blessing and a curse when it comes to crime, with the solitary nature of the property lending itself both to in-depth security but also the potential of isolation from law enforcement and other help.
One of the most beneficial technologies in this regard is thermal imaging, which can have a transformative impact on your defense of your property while providing an extra way to have fun out on the hunt.
What is Night Vision and Thermal Imaging
Thermal imaging is the simple application of infrared light into imaging.
By looking into a thermal imaging monocular or a weapon scope, you can see the relative heat of everything in front of you.
This can be adjusted to a point where a human or animal body is very obvious against an otherwise non-colored or ‘cold’ backdrop.
Thermal imaging is a broad technology with a wide variety of applications, but having one such device in a rural home can be incredibly beneficial.
It can help with farm work if you have any sort of operation, such as by helping to locate bird’s nests on a property for relocation.
In the context of your security, perhaps the most beneficial aspect of thermal imaging is the work that it can do to deter and combat property crime.
Thermal imaging for security
Thermal imaging and how it applies to security has been grounds for some controversy.
In 2001, the Supreme Court ruled that law enforcement couldn’t use imaging to look into homes.
However, the same protection is not extended the other way.
A thermal imaging camera can be a quick and simple way to look both in and outside of your house – heat signatures can, to some degree, be seen through walls – and to see if there are intruders either approaching or within the home.
This allows you time to call law enforcement and to protect yourself and your property should you feel you need to.
Given how heat signatures work, this is also quite a safe way to see if a member of your family has caused the disturbance, as you’ll be able to recognize them and have peace of mind as to their safety.
In rural areas, break-ins and criminal occurrences are, fortunately, few and far between.
This does not mean that your thermal imaging device will need to lie fallow, however.
There are more uses for thermal imaging beyond security and property management.
Hunting with Night Vision
Hunting is a key part of rural life and hunters are always looking for new and exciting ways to get among the wildlife.
In many states, thermal imaging is starting to become commonplace – although there are numerous restrictions on their use.
One of the key uses is through maintaining ‘problem populations’.
The News-Leader noted how states were encouraging hunting families to start using thermal optics to pursue wild hogs given their impact on the environment; the encroachment of potentially dangerous coyotes comes under this, too.
Hunting with thermal optics is something new, exciting, and can be quite a thrill. In the process, you may well help to conserve the green spaces that you live in by reducing problem species.
Thermal imaging is a high-tech bit of kit that can stamp its mark on the old-fashioned way of rural life.
It provides an easy way to catch potential burglars, to help in the hunt, and to maintain your property.
In conjunction with your own know-how of rural environments, it can be a real boost to your property.