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    Talking Skywatch Towers on a Budget, Louisiana Style

    Who says a Skywatch Tower has to cost $75,000?

    This is a picture I took of the Ouachita Parish Sheriff's Skywatch Tower at Pecanland Mall in Monroe, Louisiana this past weekend.

    As you can see, they do what they can do on their meager little budget - That's a $300 deer stand frame, enclosed in plywood


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    What's a skywatch tower for?



    Other than watching the sky.
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    that's classic redneck right there =/

    outstanding pic
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    Quote Originally Posted by jmur5074 View Post
    What's a skywatch tower for?

    Other than watching the sky.
    It's for spotting car burglars at the shopping malls, and muggers/fights at fairs and concerts.

    We just bought one but I haven't been in it yet - It's about 3 times that tall with hydraulic lifts, digital telescopic video cameras, and air conditioning. I think they're beefing up the hydraulic system to 24-ton jacks before they'll let me get in it

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    I like their style. Are you gonna find car-prowlers with arrows in 'em in the parking lot? Can you hang robbers up underneath and field-dress 'em?

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    Quote Originally Posted by TXCharlie View Post
    It's for spotting car burglars at the shopping malls, and muggers/fights at fairs and concerts.

    We just bought one but I haven't been in it yet - It's about 3 times that tall with hydraulic lifts, digital telescopic video cameras, and air conditioning. I think they're beefing up the hydraulic system to 24-ton jacks before they'll let me get in it
    I gotcha.


    I was guessing it had something to do with storm spotting...but also thought that was retarded. Why would you want to be up in a deer stand tower during a storm?


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    Quote Originally Posted by TXCharlie View Post
    We just bought one but I haven't been in it yet - It's about 3 times that tall with hydraulic lifts, digital telescopic video cameras, and air conditioning. I think they're beefing up the hydraulic system to 24-ton jacks before they'll let me get in it

    Sounds better equiped than most Police stations!

    Maybe we should just employ taller Police officers.
    On second thoughts maybe not, I'd be out of a job.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Motorwaycop View Post
    Sounds better equiped than most Police stations!

    Maybe we should just employ taller Police officers.
    On second thoughts maybe not, I'd be out of a job.
    I thought so too - But for $70,000+, it BETTER come with A/C!!! It gets hot in the summertime here.

    I'd sure hate to be in that plywood box in the summer!

    Here's a photo of one of Plano's Skywatch towers (white thing in the center). Ours is similar.

    http://pdf.plano.gov/snapshots/Polic...20Skywatch.htm


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    Hate to be in one of those on a windy day!

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    Looks like an outhouse for the guy that doesn't like to dig holes.

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    Have they not realised that you could just put a camera on the top of a pole and keep the cops on the ground? Much more economical.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Trojan 42 View Post
    Have they not realised that you could just put a camera on the top of a pole and keep the cops on the ground? Much more economical.
    I didn't mention the rifle ports?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Trojan 42 View Post
    Have they not realised that you could just put a camera on the top of a pole and keep the cops on the ground? Much more economical.
    Also, more Americans get pissed at cameras than over on your side of the pond.

    Having a set of mark one eyeballs up there doesn't offend as much for whatever reason.
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    See, I always thought it would be cool to paint the towers black and then apply evil looking smile ala warbirds on the sides. Add a PA in which you could make a noise like Darth Vader. It would be all CDI. Think it might generate a complaint?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Morris View Post
    See, I always thought it would be cool to paint the towers black and then apply evil looking smile ala warbirds on the sides. Add a PA in which you could make a noise like Darth Vader. It would be all CDI. Think it might generate a complaint?

    And black tinted windows to go along with all that.
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