Cops Unleash Armored ‘Beast’ for Patrols

Michael Thompson, WND, January 11, 2013

Police in one Atlanta community are taking extraordinary measures to deal with heightened rates of violent crime–the unleashing of armored vehicles capable of withstanding bullets fired from AK-47s.

As reported by WSB Atlanta, police are using an armored vehicle normally reserved for SWAT teams to battle a series of burglaries and home invasions in a south Fulton County neighborhood.

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Last week, a woman was shot multiple times during a break-in in the area. Police say the burglars fled in a stolen car and were able to escape when they jumped out and ran into some woods.

But the new unit is equipped with thermal imaging for such a scenario, officials said.

Police also said the armored car is meant to reassure residents. {snip}

MSNBC reported that police departments across the nation are acquiring the Ballistic Engineered Armored Response (BEAR) vehicle. With a price-tag between $190,000 and $300,000, the BEAR doesn’t come cheap.

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For 2012, FBI data on violent crime showed that Atlanta is the eighth-most dangerous city in America.

The area where the BearCat G3 is being deployed is roughly 81 percent black.

WSBTV also reported that Fulton County resident John Hunter thought the move overkill.

“It’s a bit much. It’s not Afghanistan,” Hunter told the station.

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