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Border Patrol unveils new technology to help monitor illegal crossings

Posted: 6:35 PM, Dec 19, 2018
Updated: 2018-12-20 12:10:25-05
Border Patrol Mobile Video Surveillance System

SAN DIEGO (KGTV)- A new technology just reached San Diego and Border Patrol agents say it’s going to help them do their jobs faster, easier and more efficiently.

They’re called Mobile Video Surveillance Systems. Each unit is grounded to a Ford F150, the controls to operate the cameras mounted on a mast in the bed of the truck are inside.

San Diego is the second place in the nation to have truck like these. Border Patrol says they’ll be rolling out in just a couple days.

The first place to have Mobile Video Surveillance System trucks is Rio Grande Valley, Texas.

Michael Scappechio is a supervisory with Border Patrol and he tells 10 News, “the looming threat of the migrant caravan in Tijuana and more people potentially on the way we need to make sure we’re prepared for that”.

The two cameras allow the agents to see two pictures at all times, a daytime camera and an infrared camera.

While Scappechio says the need for this kind of technology is needed in San Diego, it’s their increased rate of arrests that landed the trucks here, “nearly a 90 percent increase is significant, that’s going to get attention, that’s going to get resources, that’s going to get man power, infrastructure and technology”.

Border Patrol tells 10 News these trucks won’t replace the border wall but instead, will go hand in hand with it.