Yeah, you can sort of see it in the video from the cam that gets fried. It gives a defocussed red blur initially, i think thats just the lens assembly going up in flames with the sensor still working to some degree.
With a visible laser you'd leave the lens system untouched and burn out the sensor straight away.
As for the people concerned that this may give criminals an idea - it really doesn't. Only tech buffs would consider using a laser for a job that is much more easily accomplished with a can of paint or a hammer and a fraction of the price.
Its the same thing with people worried about tutorials for picking numerical combination locks on a bike - sure, it can be done with some training, but it will never be as quick as just cutting the lock cable with some concrete cutters. Most criminals don't take any art to they 'work'
I'd hate to be this guy's roommate. I mean, I have no great love for my crappy old furniture, but I don't want holes burnt in it either. Or the drapes.. or any of the other random household items that were getting burnt.
I honestly half expected him to 'illuminate' the helicopter at the end.. About the same kind of mentality.