1_flir-infrared-seattleNo longer can Washington vandals count on the cover of darkness to protect them. They have a new enemy: infrared equipped airplanes that Washington State Police are using to hunt down and arrest graffiti writers. The infrared cameras, also used in military spy and attack aircraft, have helped make five arrests in the last month. While the police surely appreciate the assistance from above, the help doesn’t come cheap. The operation costs $244 per hour on top of the $1 million spent by the Department of Defense for the airborne infrared system. The estimated damage by the 5 arrested graffiti writers: about $700.

Check the video to see the infrared aided arrests go down like they’re insurgents in Baghdad.