What are the Best Security Wand Metal Detectors?

By Daniel Bernzweig

As crime continues to grow, the need for hand held security wands continues to rise. In this article, we will help you pick out the best unit for the security needs of your organization. We will review the specific features and capabilities that are available in modern hand scanning metal detectors. We will conclude by comparing the most popular security wands.

Each and every day you see security hand scanner metal detectors being used all around us. In airports, night clubs, jails, schools, manufacturing and distribution facilities security wand metal detectors are now commonplace. In high volume applications, I like to think of the walk through metal detector as a general screening device. Once the presence of a metal object has been identified, a hand scanner should be used to pinpoint the location of the offending target. For lower volume searches, using a hand scanner by itself can be an effective screening method.

Let's begin by exploring what to look for in a security wand metal detector. These devices come in a variety of sizes and shapes. If your application requires that the device be concealed, you will want to consider a unit like the Garrett THD. This device is used by police forces, the military and security guard services around the world. The unit is just over an inch in diameter and a bit longer than a pen. The Garrett THD will provide the same sensitivity and capabilities of larger units but in a compact package. Be aware that the small size of this device can prove to be more intrusive to the person being scanned than a traditional device with a longer handle. With this in mind, be sure to choose the most appropriate sized device for the population that you will be scanning.

The next type of unit that we will cover is the most common device. This type of security wand is the longer paddle shaped unit. The two most popular devices of this style are the Garrett Superscanner V and the Garrett Superwand. These devices are perfect for most security applications. They are built to withstand continuous use in the most demanding environments. One trend that we have seen in recent years is the increasing number of poor quality imitation units being imported from the orient. If the price seems too good to be true, you will know that the unit is an imitation. Remember, if you have an incident, you will want to know that you purchased the most advanced and reliable unit available. The Garrett hand held scanners are of the best quality, most popular hand scanners in the world. The NTSB certifies Garrett products for use in airports. These are also the same devices that you will see the secret service using to protect the president. They are also the official devices used at the Olympics.

Next, let's look at the features found on most common hand scanners. The first feature is the audio alert. Most hand scanner wands will feature an audible tone alert. You can use the external speaker or plug in a headset to shut off this external speaker. Keep in mind, if you are in noisy environment such as a nightclub or manufacturing facility it might be difficult to hear. The second type of target response is a visual indicator. Today, most hand held security detectors do feature a target identification light. Keep in mind, this is a helpful feature but if you do not have visual contact with the device, you will miss the signal. The final type of target identification is vibration. The vibration alert is quite possibly the best for a number of reasons. To begin with, only the operator is aware that a target has been located. This is a good thing if the target located is a weapon. This will give your security person additional response time to react to the situation. The vibration is also very popular for noisy environments.

The Following Metal Detector Security Wands Feature Audio, Visual and Vibration Alerts:

The Following Metal Detector Security Wand features Visual and Vibration Alerts Only:

So let's review what we have learned so that you can pick out the best security detector for your application. When picking out the best device for your needs, be sure to identify the volume of individuals that you need to screen. If your requirements for through put are large, you will need to include a walk through metal detector into your environment. If your needs are smaller, an individual screening with a hand scanner wand is practical. Be sure that the device you select includes the type of target response that will work best in your environment. Next, consider your requirements for the size of the security wand detector. If you have a lot of gear to carry, a smaller hand held device might make sense. Finally, remember security wands can alert you to a target with an audible tone, target identification light, vibration or a combination of the three. Please feel free to contact one of our product specialists for a personalized assessment of your needs. We are happy to help you select the best equipment for your specific application.

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