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There Isn’t Much a CSECO Density Meter Can’t Detect

Among other hand-held density meters, the Buster K910G from Campbell/Harris Security Equipment Company (CSECO) is the most widely trusted, used and recommended by several law enforcement agencies across the country.

The Buster K910G is the updated version of the famous Buster K910B. While the Buster K910G retains much of the K910B’s features, it also has remarkable differences and improvements.

The K910G uses the same low-intensity gamma radiation and scintillation detector that is used in the K910B. This same type of technology enables the interdiction officers to scan different types of materials like wood, metal, rubber, reinforced plastic, concrete, ceramic, even organic matter like dirt and water. This same type of technology enhances the Buster’s ability to detect any kinds of concealed contraband such as narcotics, illegal or prescribed drugs, cash, alcohol, weapons and explosives, among many others.

The Buster also has the ability to detect harmful amounts of radiation with its newest RAD-Aware technology. It enables the user to detect any radioactive leaks that could deter the health of other people and the environment. Once the Buster is able to locate the source of radiation with this type of technology, it enables first responders to establish safety parameters to keep other people out to safety.

Despite the Buster being hailed as the “gold standard” of contraband detection equipment since its launch, it has its own limitations. Not all hidden contraband can be accurately read by the Buster, and there are reasons why.

For instance, the Buster cannot scan a gas tank. It’s because the gasoline inside the tank makes the reading all the trickier. Often, interdiction officers would drain some of the gas from the tank so that the Buster could pick up more accurate readings, or scan every side of the tank or across the tank to make sure they’d get more consistent readings within a normal range. It requires a more experienced user to be able to tell the nuances in the readings.

In the Buster, the readings would typically rise higher than usual, which is clue that the suspected object as a contraband hidden inside it. But if the contraband contains lead, this will lead to abnormally lower readings in the Buster, often in single digits. Smugglers would encase the contraband item with a lead lining, or would apply lead plating or lining in cars or any other vehicle. These smugglers know that lead is a deterrent to accurate and consistent readings from contraband detection equipment like the Buster. Interdiction officers may also use the Perfect Vision V20 Videoscope Inspection System along with the Buster especially when scanning gas tanks.

But lead, once used to be seen as a handicap to the Buster’s readings, are now seen as helpful indicators. When the Buster’s readings are lower than average it provides a helpful clue that the hidden contraband might have been wrapped by a lead-based casing or lining.

The Buster K910G is equipped with a 7.5 micro curie source, which is at least 25% smaller than any competitor. It is also the world’s first density meter without the lead-based internal components which are present in the K910B, making inspections now safer.

The Buster Density Meter has been widely used, trusted and recommended by law enforcement agencies across the US. Despite the accolades it is getting, CSECO never stops in enhancing its features to make its performance better as well as make it more user-friendly and safer.