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Concealing Yourself And Evading FLIR Cameras

By now many of you have probably seen some sort of video either on the internet or on TV showing you how FLIR (Forward Looking Infrared) cameras detect objects that are giving off heat and displays them in white on the screen so that they stand out against the dark background.  To the untrained civilian, we usually think about these devices being mounted on military helicopters (as we have seen in some videos) but they can also be found on buildings and other types of vehicles.  Small handheld devices are also available on the market.

While it can be difficult to hide from these imaging devices there are some things that you can do which will make it harder for them to detect you and track your movements.  Before we go any further though, there are three scenarios which you could find yourself in that we should go over briefly as they can and will affect your decision making and concealment options.

Scenario 1 – You are already hiding in a safe location and haven’t been detected

If this is the case, the most obvious, smartest and safest decision is to stay put until you feel that the danger or threat has passed. The main idea here is to remain concealed and hidden.  Be sure to stay away from doorways, windows, holes in walls, roofs or any other openings where these systems can penetrate.  You should avoid moving around – it’s very important to keep very still.

Scenario 2 – You are out in the open and know you could easily be detected

If you are out in the open your first priority should be to seek refuge in order to avoid detection.  There are numerous objects and ways, both in urban or wilderness environments which can help you tremendously.  Running around aimlessly will spell disaster so before you move it’s important to pay attention and study your surroundings.  Pre-planning your movements and exercising your concealment and evasion strategies (which I will go over in another article) will be your key to success.

Scenario 3 – Your location has been compromised

On the downside, you could find that your location has been compromised and someone or something is closing in on your hiding place.  In that case you might not have any other choice but to leave your current location.  Deciding to bold and make a run for it could prove to be a fatal mistake, however, if you have no other choice it’s better to at least try and get away than to be a sitting duck.  Again, before making any movements (both discreet or abrupt) you will need to scan your surroundings and pre-plan your movements.

Remember that it won’t be easy in either of the above scenarios to stay concealed and remain undetected, however,  there are numerous ways in which you can conceal yourself to help avoid detection which I will list in point form below.  Please keep in mind that some of these methods may not be foolproof and depending on various factors such as the weather, climate or season, some may be less effective.  An example could be that you are hiding under a rock overhang in the winter.  There are more extreme temperature differences between the snow, terrain and your body.  Traces of heat will be easier to see and distinguish in this case.  You’ll have to use your best judgement and instincts.

If this is a complete shtf scenario, chances are that the average person probably won’t have a system like this in their possession and they will be in the same boat as you, however, you can’t rule out that the military won’t be watching and trying to take action on everyone’s move.  Also, don’t forget that your neighbor or someone from the other side of town could have gone to the extreme while they were prepping and has one of these devices on hand.  Always be prepared for the unexpected.

Hiding in urban environments:

In an urban environment structures and vehicles will be your best friend.  FLIR cameras can’t penetrate through thick objects such as concrete walls, roofs and vehicles.  Here are some places where you can hide virtually undetected:

  • Malls
  • Parking garages
  • Houses and sheds
  • Apartment communities
  • Roll under a truck, bus or car – it can’t penetrate right through
  • Roll under a train car
  • Hide under a large steel structured bridge with no visible openings to the road above (paved bridges are best)
  • In a culvert or large drainage pipe
  • Wooded areas with thick canopy can also help shield you
  • Windows, plexi glass and lexan – FLIR devices apparently can’t see through these unless you are leaning right against them and transferring your body heat to them (this one is controversial as some people say it’s true, others say it isn’t – either way I’d avoid them anyway)

Hiding in wilderness environments:

Nature also provides many things which you can use to your benefit to help shield yourself from these devices as well.  Here are some examples:

  • Hide in areas with thick canopies
  • Inside caves
  • Under rock overhangs
  • Use a good thick solar blanket with fabric backing – it is designed to reflect heat and can possibly help shield you
  • Start a huge fire – it can act as a big distraction
  • Fire off some flares – it will definitely cause enough of a distraction for a potential escape
  • Dig a trench in the ground, cover yourself with a thick tarp and then cover the tarp with vegetation and debris from the forest floor – cover yourself from head to toe

There are probably some things that I forgot to include.  I am human after all, so if you find something missing please let me know and I’ll be glad to add it in.

Finally, I just want to make it clear that the information I’ve provided in this article should not be used to conduct any illegal actions.  Exercising these possible options should only be done in time of a major crisis and when your life is at risk. I can’t be held responsible for any of your actions.

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